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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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Joseph Banks portrait
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 John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 95 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 344 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 79 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 133 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 355 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 158 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 286 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 229 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 79 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 96 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 115 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 345 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 134 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 356 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 159 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 Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 48 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 21
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 115 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/

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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 54 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 53 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 52 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
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 131 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 51 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 50 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 66 Hassall Document 12
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 49 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 48 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 47 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 46 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 45 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 44 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 43 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 42 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 41 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 30 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 29 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 053 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 052 Macarthur Document 06.65

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Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 452 Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 17:01
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 451 Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 16:39
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 450 Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 16:35
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 449 Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 16:33
Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 - Page 35 Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 12:05
Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 - Page 34 Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 11:46
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 532 Friday, September 17, 2021 - 20:43
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 533 Friday, September 17, 2021 - 20:29
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 534 Friday, September 17, 2021 - 20:28
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 588 Friday, September 17, 2021 - 20:11