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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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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
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0011 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers Draft of a report titled 'Bankers Money & Notes', 18 March1805 (Series 84.10) - No. 0012 Banks Document 84.10
Banks Papers on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0015 Banks Document 84.16
Banks Papers on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0016 Banks Document 84.16
Banks Papers on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0017 Banks Document 84.16
Banks Papers on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0018 Banks Document 84.16
Banks Papers on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0019 Banks Document 84.16
Banks Papers Mint at Ceylon', 13 November 1812 (Series 84.17) - No. 0001 Banks Document 84.17
Banks Papers Mint at Ceylon', 13 November 1812 (Series 84.17) - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.17
Banks Papers an Essay on the means of Framing Ld Grenville's Excellent Idea of inscribing the Triumphs of The English Nations, on the Copper Tokens furnishd [sic] to her Colonies into a Regular System of historical Record' - No. 0004 Banks Document 84.19
Banks Papers an Essay on the means of Framing Ld Grenville's Excellent Idea of inscribing the Triumphs of The English Nations, on the Copper Tokens furnishd [sic] to her Colonies into a Regular System of historical Record' - No. 0006 Banks Document 84.19
Banks Papers an Essay on the means of Framing Ld Grenville's Excellent Idea of inscribing the Triumphs of The English Nations, on the Copper Tokens furnishd [sic] to her Colonies into a Regular System of historical Record' - No. 0007 Banks Document 84.19
Banks Papers an Essay on the means of Framing Ld Grenville's Excellent Idea of inscribing the Triumphs of The English Nations, on the Copper Tokens furnishd [sic] to her Colonies into a Regular System of historical Record' - No. 0008 Banks Document 84.19
Banks Papers an Essay on the means of Framing Ld Grenville's Excellent Idea of inscribing the Triumphs of The English Nations, on the Copper Tokens furnishd [sic] to her Colonies into a Regular System of historical Record' - No. 0009 Banks Document 84.19
Banks Papers Draft of a report received by the Lords of the Treasury fromthe Privy Council Coin Committee, 14 December 1812 (Series 84.22) - No. 0001 Banks Document 84.22
Banks Papers Draft of a report received by the Lords of the Treasury fromthe Privy Council Coin Committee, 14 December 1812 (Series 84.22) - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.22
Banks Papers Silver Coins'; 'Gold Coins', undated (Series 84.34) - No. 0003 Banks Document 84.34
Banks Papers Memorandum beginning 'The Abbey was Founded in 1142...', undated (Series 90.31) - No. 0003 Banks Document 90.31
Banks Papers Memorandum beginning 'The Abbey was Founded in 1142...', undated (Series 90.31) - No. 0004 Banks Document 90.31
Banks Papers Memorandum beginning 'it is admitted that the drain...', undated (Series 90.47) - No. 0002 Banks Document 90.47

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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 158 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 160 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 162 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 164 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 166 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 167 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 172 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 09: John Dunmore Lang personal and miscellaneous papers, 1838-1873 - Page 13 Ind.Langs. Document A 2229
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 09: John Dunmore Lang personal and miscellaneous papers, 1838-1873 - Page 14 Ind.Langs. Document A 2229
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages A 382: Reverend Lancelot Edward Threlkeld papers, 1822-1862 - Page 12 Ind.Langs. Document A 382
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages A 382: Reverend Lancelot Edward Threlkeld papers, 1822-1862 - Page 106 Ind.Langs. Document A 382
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages A 382: Reverend Lancelot Edward Threlkeld papers, 1822-1862 - Page 107 Ind.Langs. Document A 382
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages A 382: Reverend Lancelot Edward Threlkeld papers, 1822-1862 - Page 108 Ind.Langs. Document A 382
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages A 382: Reverend Lancelot Edward Threlkeld papers, 1822-1862 - Page 109 Ind.Langs. Document A 382
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land, 1830-1840 - Page 41 Ind.Langs. Document A 614
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land, 1830-1840 - Page 44 Ind.Langs. Document A 614
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land, 1830-1840 - Page 45 Ind.Langs. Document A 614
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land, 1830-1840 - Page 46 Ind.Langs. Document A 614
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land, 1830-1840 - Page 65 Ind.Langs. Document A 614
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land, 1830-1840 - Page 127 Ind.Langs. Document A 614

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on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0014 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 17:13
on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0013 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 16:46
Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... (Series 35.17) Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... - No. 0003 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:28
Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... (Series 35.17) Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:27
Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) - No. 0002 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:23
Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:22
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0003 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:20
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0002 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:19
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:18
Letter received by Banks from John Sibthorp, 20 October 1783 (Series 72.146) Letter received by Banks from John Sibthorp, 20 October 1783 (Series 72.146) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:12