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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.

You can help us to transcribe these items, which include diaries, letters, journals and manuscripts. In doing so you will be contributing to the improvement and enrichment of our collections, as well as taking an opportunity to delve deeper into the wonders of NSW cultural heritage.

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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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ww1_01
The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
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indigenous1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 66 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 82 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 36 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 82 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 136 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 53 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 100 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 21 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 67 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 84 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 37 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 83 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 137 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 54 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 101 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 22 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 68 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 85 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 38 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 85 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014

Pages

Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 15 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 16 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 17 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 18 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 19 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 20 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 21 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 22 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 23 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 24 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 25 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 26 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 27 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 28 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 29 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 30 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 31 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 32 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 33 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 34 Ind.Langs. Document A3076

Pages

Document Page Updated date
Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879 Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 158 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:31
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 352 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:31
Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879 Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 157 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:28
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 351 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:28
Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881 Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881: No. 068 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:27
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 350 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:25
Item 01: Peter Turnbull diary, 6 February-31 December 1916 Item 01: Peter Turnbull diary, 6 February-31 December 1916: No. 213 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:25
Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844 Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 049 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:23
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 349 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:23
Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879 Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 156 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:22