by Liz Pidgeon
In early 2007 the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program was launched. The National Library of Australia, in collaboration with Australian State and Territory libraries, began a program to digitise Australian newspapers for access and preservation purposes. By May 2009 Trove had been launched as a resource for information about Australians for Australians. It includes digitised newspapers from 1803-1954, The Australian Women’s Weekly to 1982, journals, articles and datasets, books, pictures, photos, objects, music sound and video, maps, diaries, letters and archives, archived websites, people and organisations and lists.
Trove includes four separate specific newspapers for local research:
Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser (Vic. : 1940 – 1942)
Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser and Diamond Creek Valley Advocate (Vic. : 1917 – 1922)
Heidelberg News and Greensborough and Diamond Creek Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 – 1916)
Heidelberg News and Greensborough, Eltham and Diamond Creek Chronicle (Vic. : 1916 – 1918)
Trove also includes major newspapers for each state. For Victoria,The Argus [1848 – 1957], is included. Also now being added is The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954).
The site uses electronically translated text and as such there are some errors, so for this reason think about your search strategy and possible spelling variations when looking for your subject of interest. Once registered, a researcher can correct text. Local news was reported widely so don’t restrict your search to local newspapers only.
This site continues to grow and has become the major online resource for Australian history.