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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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About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 99 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 272 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 333 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 196 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 288 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 349 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 212 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 304 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 365 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 228 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 320 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 381 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 80 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 83 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 259 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 97 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418

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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 03: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1847: No. 31 Macarthur Document 07.74.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 054 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 074 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 133 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 432 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 152 Macarthur Document 07.71
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 502 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 301 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 031 Macarthur Document 07.67
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 413 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 282 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 165 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 266 Macarthur Document 06.60
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 321 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 262 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 122 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 032 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 187 Macarthur Document 06.59
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 091 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 081 Macarthur Document 07.69

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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. 023 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 20:49
Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820 Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 021 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 17:31
Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936 Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 104 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 13:24
Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936 Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 103 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 13:07
Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936 Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 102 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:53
Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936 Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 101 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:48
Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936 Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 100 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:46
Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936 Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 099 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:44
Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936 Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 098 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:42
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. 021 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 01:19