Notebooks of William Dawes, one dated 1790, comprising grammatical forms and vocabularies of the language spoken in the area around Sydney, New South Wales Australia; short vocabularies of the language of Indigenous peoples of Van Diemen's Land, collected by the officers of the French frigates La Recherche and L'Espérance in 1793.
The notebooks are catalogued as manuscript 41645 parts (a), (b), and (c), although they are in the physical form of just two notebooks. William Dawes wrote manuscripts (a) and (b) and they contain words, translations, snippets of conversations, descriptions and explanations of expressions and situations, and some sketchy maps. Prominently figuring in these manuscripts is a young Dharuk (Darug) woman, Patyegarang (often Dawes calls her 'Patye').
The third notebook (c) was probably not written by Dawes, and is attributed to 'Anonymous'.