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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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Rowland Hassall (1768-1820), missionary, lay preacher and landholder, was born...
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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 John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 147 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 293 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 165 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 230 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 92 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 113 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 342 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 130 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 358 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 148 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 294 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 166 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 231 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 93 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 114 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 343 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 131 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 359 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 149 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 295 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418

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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 230 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 229 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 226 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 225 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 228 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 227 Macarthur Document 06.65
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 361 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 40 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 30 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 427 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 233 Macarthur Document 06.65
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 315 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 009 Hassall Document 03
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 1: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 1-690, 1796-1854: No. 009 Hassall Document 02.1.1
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 224 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 223 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 222 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 221 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 220 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 219 Macarthur Document 06.65

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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. 004 Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 20:26
Volume 74 Item 10: Sir William Macarthur papers relating to vine diseases, 1855?, 1885-1888 Volume 74 Item 10: Sir William Macarthur papers relating to vine diseases, 1855?, 1885-1888: No. 11 Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 11:50
Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 239 Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 16:35
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 250 Friday, July 10, 2020 - 11:33
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 249 Friday, July 10, 2020 - 11:30
Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832 Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 519 Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 21:33
Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832 Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 284 Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 21:09
Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 05 Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 14:41
John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 38 Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 20:01
John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 374 Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 19:28