Great Resource for Historians. Australian Newspapers online 1803-1954

by Green Bible Project

Historians working on Australian are doubtlessly aware of the great online archive of Australian Newspapers managed by the National Library of Australia –  http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper – but it’s worth considering even if you’re working on a non-Australian topic.  I’ve, for example, had real success recently using the archive for some research on South Africa in the 1940s because newspapers such as the Canberra Times and the Melbourne Argus sometimes carried fairly detailed reports of events elsewhere.  The site’s search facility works pretty smoothly, and it’s possible to save articles in lists or as PDFs.  Scanning hasn’t yet been completed for all newspapers for the entire period, but the period is covered overall if you’re not concerned with sticking to one particular newspaper.  The aim ultimately is to scan all the papers completely, and an overview of progress can be found here http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/about

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