At TROVE you can search in Australian historical newspapers. As at December 2009 the millionth page of Australian newspaper history was made available. There will be 40 million articles available by 2011.
Digitisation of Australian newspapers started in 2007 and 4.4 million pages were targeted for digitisation over 4 years to be complete and publicly accessible as full text articles by June 2010. 3 million of the identified 4.4 million pages have been scanned from microfilm into digital images so far. Of the 3 million scanned pages 1 million have been converted into full text articles and are publicly available. The remaining pages will be made available from now through til June 2010. The 1 million pages publicly available amounts to 10 million articles with coverage dates of 1803 -1954.
Public users of the newspapers can enhance the data by fixing the text on-line. So far 8.13 million lines of text in 368,390 articles have been “fixed”.
A key primary source the Sydney Morning Herald’s first 70 years are now available from 1831-1901. Some issues of the Sydney Morning Herald are missing and are being sourced in hard copy from locations around Australia and will be added asap in 2010.
Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library