Background

About digitised newspapers

In 2007 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.

In 2008 a beta service was released to the public and in 2010 the digitised newspapers were integrated into Trove. Trove now includes newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to the mid-1950s, as well as a number of newspapers published after 1955, where an agreement has been reached with the publisher. Trove will continue to add new content as it is made available through the Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program.

For more information about the process of digitisation, see the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program website.

In 2016, with the cooperation of the State Library of NSW, Trove launched the Government Gazettes zone. A gazette is an official publication for the purpose of notifying the public of government business. All Australian governments (Commonwealth, State and Territory) publish official gazettes. Trove will continue to add content as it is made available through cooperation with other Australian collecting institutions.

Non-English newspapers in Trove

Trove’s Digitised newspapers and more zone contains a number of historic newspapers published in Australia for languages other than English. Articles in the following languages are currently available:

  • Chinese 
  • Estonian 
  • French 
  • German
  • Italian 

You may receive results from these newspapers when searching Trove. If you do not read the language, most web based search engines have tools available that can be used to translate the text to English. These include, but are not limited to:

Titles currently available in Trove

The newspaper titles currently available in Trove can be found on the Which newspapers have been digitised? page. A link to the page is in the footer of the Newspapers Homepage. Scroll through the list to find the newspaper you want or use the search box to search for a title.

Date range of digitised newspapers

The National Library has digitised newspapers published prior to 1955 on the understanding that they are out of copyright. Newspapers published after 1954 remain in copyright and require permission from the publishers to digitise and deliver online. A number of newspapers published after 1955 have been made available with the agreement of the publisher. This includes the Canberra Times (see the Trove forum for more information), the Australian Women’s Weekly, Woroni and the Chaser.

Accessing newspapers not available through Trove

If you would like to view Australian newspapers that are not currently available in Trove you will need to access the microfilm or hardcopy of the newspaper title.

To see which libraries hold a copy of the microfilm or a hardcopy of the newspaper:

  1. Search in the Journals, articles and datasets zone for the newspaper title
  2. Click on the title you are interested in
  3. Click on the ‘Get this edition’ button
  4. Click on the ‘Borrow’ tab.

If your local library does not hold a copy, and you are unable to visit a library that does, you may be able to arrange access via an interlibrary loan. You can arrange an interlibrary loan through your local library.

What we display

Trove keeps a complete list of all corrections, comments, lists, tags and searches made on the site, this data is predominantly statistical and may be displayed for a brief period. If you do not want to have your search or text corrections attributed to your username we advise not using the Trove login feature. If you do not wish to have your Trove list, tags or comments made public you can choose to make these private when you add them to Trove.