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The race is on at the State Library to transcribe over 8,000 digitised pages from our historic Joseph Banks archive – are you up for the challenge?
On Saturday, 3 December the Library held its first ever "Transcribe-a-thon" to launch the digitised Joseph Banks papers, now available online through our website. We called upon our dedicated community of transcribers to come along, log in and start transcribing, making the papers searchable and accessible to researchers across the world.
The event was a resounding success, with a packed out room of history lovers transcribing over 480 pages of the archive on the day. Attendees were able to view a display of the original material from the collection including Banks’ Endeavour journal and letters from Captain James Cook and Captain Arthur Phillip. The Library's Banks expert, Louise Anemaat, also gave talks on various aspects of Banks' life and works throughout the day.
The challenge now is to keep the transcriptions coming! The number of pages transcribed is rising daily with another 50 pages completed since the Transcribe-a-thon. We’d love your help! You can log in and transcribe from the comfort of your own home here.
Further information on the Joseph Banks papers can be found here.