5 January 2015
Get involved with #DigitiseMySuburb
From Allawah to Zetland – we're digitising our collection of over 40,000 historic subdivision plans from over 250 suburbs and towns in NSW. The plans range from the 1860s through to the 1940s.
The plans are being digitised in alphabetical order and will take several years but we're giving you the chance to bump your suburb to the top of the list!
Find your suburb on the list below and tweet the name of the suburb using #DigitiseMySuburb and tag @StateLibraryNSW
For example: #Penrith #DigitiseMySuburb @StateLibraryNSW
The most Tweeted suburb (between 6 January 2015 –17 February 2015) will be the next in line for digitisation.
One example of a suburb we have already digitised is Alexandria and below is a list of suburbs and towns which we will begin digitising soon.
For more information see our media release.
17 December 2014
Help transcribe our World War 1 diaries
The State Library of NSW has released 50,000 pages of digitised World War One diaries for the public to transcribe. This unique collection of soldiers’ intimate accounts of war has been included on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
Having just completed the major digitisation of its entire collection of World War One diaries and letters, 180,000 pages, made possible through the support of the NSW Government, the Library has launched its very own purpose built transcription tool.
“The State Library has for a long time relied on its dedicated volunteers who have worked to transcribe over 700 diaries to date. Now, with this new tool, we are turning to the wider community for help so that we can provide global access to this extraordinary content,” said Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive.
“We are seeking the community’s support in the important task of transcribing our diaries and letters to help unlock the compelling stories held within them.”
According to Elise Edmonds, the State Library’s World War One curator, “This important crowd sourcing project will introduce participants to the day to day experiences of the Australian men and women who served in the war, and help bring their tales of adventure, heartache and bravery to a global audience.
“The story of the ‘Great War’ cannot be fully understood without reference to these very personal and moving firsthand accounts,” said Ms Edmonds.