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A tool for digitally transcribing historical handwritten documents from our collection.

The State Library of New South Wales is dedicated to making our collections more accessible and you can help us achieve this goal. We hold millions of pages of historically important handwritten documents in our collections, but this material can often be difficult to read and cannot be indexed by search. By using our purpose built Transcription Tool, we are able to produce digital transcripts of original materials from our collections, making them more accessible, discoverable and useful for research and study.

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painting of John Macarthur, ca. 1850s
About the Macarthur Family John Macarthur (1767-1834), soldier and...
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A collection of the works of Captain James Cook.
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Joseph Banks portrait
About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
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The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 96 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 21
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 04: Reverend William Ridley 'Kamilaroi Grammar and Vocabulary', 1855. - Page 43 Ind.Langs. Document Call No. DLMSQ 165 / Item 4
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s - Page 9 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 9409/Box 14 /Folder 7
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s - Page 10 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 9409/Box 14 /Folder 7
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages C 47 : Sir Thomas Mitchell journal of an exploring expedition to the interior of New South Wales through the Liverpool Plain, 29 November 1831-16 February 1832 - Page 152 Ind.Langs. Document C 47
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 113 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 21
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 04: Reverend William Ridley 'Kamilaroi Grammar and Vocabulary', 1855. - Page 60 Ind.Langs. Document Call No. DLMSQ 165 / Item 4
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 135 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 21
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s - Page 28 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 9409/Box 14 /Folder 7
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 320 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Select Specimens / From Nature / of the / Birds Animals &c &c / of / New South Wales / Collected and Arranged / by / Thomas Skottowe Esqr. / The Drawings By T.R. Browne. N.S.W. / Newcastle / New South Wales / 1813 - Page 38 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE / PXA 555
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages C 47 : Sir Thomas Mitchell journal of an exploring expedition to the interior of New South Wales through the Liverpool Plain, 29 November 1831-16 February 1832 - Page 171 Ind.Langs. Document C 47
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 318 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 22: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages and customs, undated - Page 17 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 22
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 04: Reverend William Ridley 'Kamilaroi Grammar and Vocabulary', 1855. - Page 21 Ind.Langs. Document Call No. DLMSQ 165 / Item 4
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s - Page 44 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 9409/Box 14 /Folder 7
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 336 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Select Specimens / From Nature / of the / Birds Animals &c &c / of / New South Wales / Collected and Arranged / by / Thomas Skottowe Esqr. / The Drawings By T.R. Browne. N.S.W. / Newcastle / New South Wales / 1813 - Page 55 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE / PXA 555
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 22: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages and customs, undated - Page 37 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 22
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 15 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709

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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 201 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 180 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 246 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 075 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 215 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 076 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 520 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 032 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881: No. 159 Macarthur Document 07.66
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 356 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 460 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 153 Macarthur Document 06.60
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 047 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 105 Macarthur Document 07.67
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 194 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 121 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881: No. 473 Macarthur Document 07.66
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 498 Macarthur Document 06.60
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 070 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 317 Macarthur Document 01.06

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Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889 Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 010 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 19:08
Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889 Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 011 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 18:29
James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 114 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 17:45
Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (vol. 2) (Series 03.02) Series 03: Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (vol. 2) - No. 0260 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 15:29
Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (vol. 2) (Series 03.02) Series 03: Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (vol. 2) - No. 0259 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 15:21
Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844 Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 092 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 15:21
Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844 Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 091 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 15:18
Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844 Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 088 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 15:16
Item 03: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 Item 03: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1918: No. 055 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 15:07
Item 03: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 Item 03: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1918: No. 054 Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 15:05