Where are all the Newspapers?
- Finding specific information about people in the family, including birth, death, marriage and also where they are mention in specific events such as court cases.
- Finding out what was happening, what the weather was, and the topics of the day during the time they were alive. In other words, putting social context around their lives, getting a birds eye view of what life was like.
- Where did they live? Obvious, but logical when trying to narrow down a search.
- Was the town called something else? Lots of towns in Australia changed their name, I'm sure it happened elsewhere too.
- What was close by? Think about the nearest large town, it was more likely to have a newspaper, and the capital city of the state. Remember too that articles were often re-printed from small newspapers in the newspapers of the big city, and national newespapers.
- If your ancestor lived near (In Australia that means within 1000 miles!) of the border, make sure you look in neighboring states.
- Start with a specific, targeted search and broaden it out, and don't forget to use name variations (ie. John Smith. Mr. J. Smith etc.)
"The Melbourne Advertiser" Newspaper from January 1838
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Alphabetical Index to Newspaper Cuttings 1841-1987
Sydney Mail 1860-1938
- Sydney Morning Herald 1830-1989
- Sydney Morning Herald 1955-1995 Free search; pay for images
- Sydney Sands directories
- Age 1854-1989
- The Age 1990–present Free search; pay for images
- Melbourne Advertiser
- Northcote Leader
- Port Phillip Herald 1840-1852 and 1898-1902