How to find newspapers

How to find current, historical and online newspapers


You can find a full listing of all current and historic electronic newspapers under the A-Z databases page. Below are some of the highlights. The most comprehensive listing of newspapers is on our catalogue- just enter the title you are looking for and select 'journal or newspaper titles' from the drop down option.


Canberra Times up to 1986 is available on Trove,  as well as seven other ACT titles.

Newspapers on microfilm. Includes Canberra Times from 1926. Onsite access only. Interstate newspapers on microfilm are kept in storage and can be ordered daily between 10.00 and 5.30. Items will be delivered to the Collection Point in 30 minutes.

New South Wales

Northern Territory

  • Northern Territory News- full text, in colour PDF's from 2009 until two months from now. Tip- once you select a date, scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose 'complete paper'.
  • Sunday Territorian- full text, in colour PDF's from 2010 until three months from now. Tip- once you select a date, scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose 'complete paper'.


South Australia


West Australia

Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald is mostly all available online.
1842-1954 is on Trove
1955-1995 (Feb) is on the Sydney Morning Herald Archive 
1996 Aug 1: Proquest Newsstream (articles only; not classifieds, BDMs or images)
1996-2006: for full text/ images use SLV microfilm
2006- today: Sydney Morning Herald Digital Editions  

Th current three months of the hard copy is available in the Newspapers and Family History and Reading Rooms (NFHRR)

Locating newspapers on Trove

Tim Sherratt has developed a map which pinpoints newspaper titles that have been digitized on Trove. It's very handy to see what areas and time periods have been covered across Australia.

Newspaper circulation in Australia

Newspaper circulation in Australia, 1932-1977 provides figures and tables covering newspaper ownership, market shares, circulation and prices for all of Australia, spanning 1933-1976.

Australia's press: control and circulation, 1974-75 includes capital city newspaper and magazine circulation, a listing of who owns which publications and a table of advertising expenditure.

Australian newspaper history

You can find lots of information about Australian newspapers through the work of the Australian Newspaper History Group. You can view the some of the results of their research online including:

In these resources, you can find out more about newspapers and their staff over the decades.

Two hundred years of Sydney newspapers : a short history/  Victor Isaacs and Rod Kirkpatrick
This digitised booklet offers an overview of the history of Sydney newspapers and includes circulation comparisons, timelines and an extensive bibliography.