View a video recreating the writing of the 1792 letter by Mary Reibey, a convict transported to Sydney in 1792.

View a video recreating the writing of the 1792 letter by Mary Reibey, a convict transported to Sydney in 1792.

No escape!  These convict manacles were made of iron and locked with a key.

No escape! These convict manacles were made of iron and locked with a key.

A selection relating to Indigenous Australian history & culture Sensitivity Notice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following page may contain images and voices of deceased persons. All users should also be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions may be culturally sensitive and may be considered inappropriate today, but may have reflected the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written.

A selection relating to Indigenous Australian history & culture Sensitivity Notice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following page may contain images and voices of deceased persons. All users should also be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions may be culturally sensitive and may be considered inappropriate today, but may have reflected the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written.

Sextants were a tool used by navigators to measure the angle between two objects.  This sextant belonged to Captain James Cook.

Sextants were a tool used by navigators to measure the angle between two objects. This sextant belonged to Captain James Cook.

Read Captain James Cook's journal of the proceedings on His Majesty's Bark Endeavour from 27 May 1768 to 23 October 1770.

Read Captain James Cook's journal of the proceedings on His Majesty's Bark Endeavour from 27 May 1768 to 23 October 1770.

This telescope is 87cm long when fully extended. It is said to have belonged to Captain James Cook.

This telescope is 87cm long when fully extended. It is said to have belonged to Captain James Cook.

The Transit of Venus was recorded by Captain James Cook in Tahiti on 3 June, 1769.  What else did James achieve during this voyage?

The Transit of Venus was recorded by Captain James Cook in Tahiti on 3 June, 1769. What else did James achieve during this voyage?

Quong Tart (1850 -1903) was a prominent Chinese tea merchant and restauranteur.  He was the first Chinese public figure to be fully accepted by the community of NSW.  In this learning activity, students will explore the historical features and diversity of their own community.

Quong Tart (1850 -1903) was a prominent Chinese tea merchant and restauranteur. He was the first Chinese public figure to be fully accepted by the community of NSW. In this learning activity, students will explore the historical features and diversity of their own community.

This drawing by Edward Charles Close is a primary source for the history of clothing in Australia.  It includes images of convicts, free settlers and military gaolers.

This drawing by Edward Charles Close is a primary source for the history of clothing in Australia. It includes images of convicts, free settlers and military gaolers.

Explore the voyages of early Spanish, Dutch and British navigators.

Library of NSW Search - Manuscripts, Oral History, and Pictures Catalogue - State Library of New South Wales


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