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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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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 Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 114 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 129 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 45 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/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 130 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 47 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 116 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 131 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
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 117 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 132 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 49 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 118 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 133 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 59 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 21
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 77 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 21
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Select Specimens / From Nature / of the / Birds Animals &c &c / of / New South Wales / Collected and Arranged / by / Thomas Skottowe Esqr. / The Drawings By T.R. Browne. N.S.W. / Newcastle / New South Wales / 1813 - Page 49 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE / PXA 555
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages C 47 : Sir Thomas Mitchell journal of an exploring expedition to the interior of New South Wales through the Liverpool Plain, 29 November 1831-16 February 1832 - Page 163 Ind.Langs. Document C 47
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s - Page 7 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 9409/Box 14 /Folder 7
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 93 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 21

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Collection Page Document ID
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 536 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 541 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 549 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 551 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 554 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 563 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 556 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 555 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 2, pp. 703-1164, 1825-1867: No. 008 Hassall Document 02.2.3
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 067 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 435 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 434 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 018 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 171 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 172 Hassall Document 01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 220 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 219 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 201 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 150 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 029 Macarthur Document 01.07.03

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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. 015 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 23:46
File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 2, pp. 703-1164, 1825-1867 File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 2, pp. 703-1164, 1825-1867: No. 019 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 20:45
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 260 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 17:37
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 259 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 17:08
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 258 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 16:51
Volume 76: James and William Macarthur financial statements, 1822-1862 Volume 76: James and William Macarthur financial statements, 1822-1862: No. 098 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 15:25
Volume 76: James and William Macarthur financial statements, 1822-1862 Volume 76: James and William Macarthur financial statements, 1822-1862: No. 097 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 14:51
Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 016 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 12:39
Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 009 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 12:13
File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 669-1202, 1819-1822 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 669-1202, 1819-1822: No. 054 Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 17:50