Wanted: Australia’s missing newspapers

Posted Wednesday June 3, 2009 by John Gunders in |

If there’s a stack of old newspapers gathering dust under the bed or out in the shed, Australian libraries want to know about it. The search is on for these valuable pieces of our social history, as part of the Australian Newspaper Plan, a nation-wide initiative of state and territory libraries designed to find, collect and preserve access to historic newspapers.

Some of Australia’s most wanted newspapers include:

  • Cairns Advocate (1897-1882);
  • Croydon Miner (1887-1888)
  • Mundic Miner and Etheridge Gazette (1889-1917);
  • Pilbarra Goldfields News (1901);
  • Renmark Pioneer (1893-1895).

Once the wanted newspapers have been tracked down, they will be saved to ensure their preservation for future generations. Access will be available through the libraries. For a full list of the wanted newspapers, go to www.nla.gov.au/anplan

─Judith Dahl Taylor
Communications and Marketing Manager
National Library of Australia

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