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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 Box 5/Item 21: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages, sign language, songs and tribes, undated - Page 50 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 108 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 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 135 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 52 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 109 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 119 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 136 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 53 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 110 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 120 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 137 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 54 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 111 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 121 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 138 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 55 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 112 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 122 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 139 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/

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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 051 Macarthur Document 06.65
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 28 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 27 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 26 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 25 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 24 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 23 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 22 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 21 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 20 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 19 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 18 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 17 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 16 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 14 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 13 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 10 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 9 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 212 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 211 Macarthur Document 06.58

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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