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Newspapers, periodicals & directories

Newspapers, periodicals & directories

Electoral rolls and directories

The politics of the critical 1850s meant that manhood suffrage was essentially granted to the people of Australia at a much earlier period than elsewhere. As a consequence, the electoral rolls serve as a virtual census return of males from that period onwards. Women also gained suffrage at the beginning of the twentieth century, much earlier than their sisters overseas. Other lists of individuals can be found in the various directories published from the 1830s onwards.

Australian newspapers

Newspapers provide a wealth of information about ordinary people living their ordinary lives. Many researchers have accessed the newspapers published on Trove, but are unaware of the availability of other newspapers. This seminar provides detailed information about newspapers and how to access them. It also uses the case study of Captain Thunderbolt’s lover, Mary Ann Bugg, to show how a picture can be built up using snippets of information from different newspapers, and how a failure to correctly interpret these reports can lead to serious biographical errors.

Findmypast - the World Collection

Exactly what is happening at findmypast? The last couple of years have seen huge growth in multiple directions – in records from Australia and New Zealand, Ireland, America, in the original UK site itself and the launch of the British Newspaper Archives by brightsolid. All this means much better access to records for local and family historians and is very exciting to see. Where to now?

Newspapers for use in family history

Newspapers contain a wealth of information for family historians, beyond the reports of national and local events. Births, deaths and marriages, funerals, obituaries, accidents, missing persons, ships' arrivals and passenger lists, shipwrecks, petitions, 'letters to the editor', advertisements, examination results, court cases, governement notices - and more. Digitisation means that many of these can now be easily searched from home. This talk covers some of the main collections both of Australian and overseas newspapers.

TROVE & Other NLA Treasures

This talk highlights the National Library of Australia’s resources including TROVE, E-Resources, Picture Australia, and the web archive Pandora.

Online newspapers: Finding out what happened in the "dash"

Many sources can give us at least the basics of birth and death - newspapers can give much to add to the gap between, the real life of the person. Now that digital versions are available finding that information is so much easier - Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland and more.

Radio Call 1956

Radio Call, described as "South Australia's Only Broadcasting Newspaper", commenced during 1937. It covers news from the Adelaide Studios and a host of other topics including all things musical, theatrical, the week’s radio programs, and lots of other news from Australia and overseas.

Radio wins battle over records
Commercial radio in Australia has won its battle to broadcast records without payment of rights fee to record companies.

Radio Call 1955

Radio Call, described as "South Australia's Only Broadcasting Newspaper", commenced during 1937.

Australian Directories

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