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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.

You can help us to transcribe these items, which include diaries, letters, journals and manuscripts. In doing so you will be contributing to the improvement and enrichment of our collections, as well as taking an opportunity to delve deeper into the wonders of NSW cultural heritage.

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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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ww1_01
The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
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indigenous1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 97 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 98 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 99 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 100 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages A 1446: Selection of prayers for Aborigines, 1834; translated into Northumberland dialect, by L. E. Threlkeld - Page 1 Ind.Langs. Document A 1446
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 20 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 21 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 22 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 23 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 180 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 239 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 248 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 249 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 250 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 258 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 260 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 261 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 263 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 266 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 269 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1

Pages

Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 115 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 116 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 117 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 118 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 119 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 120 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 121 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 122 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 123 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 124 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 125 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 126 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 127 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 128 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 129 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 130 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 131 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 132 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 133 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 134 Ind.Langs. Document A3076

Pages

Document Page Updated date
Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879 Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 158 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:31
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 352 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:31
Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879 Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 157 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:28
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 351 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:28
Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881 Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881: No. 068 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:27
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 350 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:25
Item 01: Peter Turnbull diary, 6 February-31 December 1916 Item 01: Peter Turnbull diary, 6 February-31 December 1916: No. 213 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:25
Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844 Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 049 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:23
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 349 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:23
Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879 Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 156 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:22