How to find newspapers

How to find current, historical and online newspapers

National

Trove:  Contains hundreds of Australian newspapers prior to 1955.

PressReader  (current 3 months) View the complete content of around 300 current Australian newspapers and popular magazines from 97 countries, including ads, images and tables. Please note: The title was formerly known as PressDisplay. The Library Card Sign In feature is not available on the State Library's subscription

You can also find a full listing of all current and historic newspapers under the A-Z databases page.

A.C.T

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, then delivered to the Collection Point in 30 minutes.

New South Wales

Trove: Contains over four hundred NSW titles prior to 1955.

Newspapers on microfilm. Includes many NSW titles- onsite access only. Interstate newspapers on microfilm are kept in storage and can be ordered daily between 10.00 and 5.30, then delivered to the FHNR in 20-30 minutes.

Google News Archive: Search selected content from The Sydney Morning Herald, 1831–1989, and the Sydney Mail, 1807-1938. Content has not been added since 2011.

ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream (1996– ) Contains over 150 full text NSW titles, including The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph,Illawarra Mercury, Newcastle Herald, Sportsman, and ABC news program transcripts. Text only, no pictures or ads.

Australian Periodical Publications: Scanned pages of over 70 early Australian newspapers and journals in PDF format. The database has no general keyword searching function. Users must browse each page.

PressReader (current 3 months) View the complete content of over forty current NSW titles and around 4000 newspapers and popular magazines from 97 countries, including ads, images and tables. Please note: The title was formerly known as PressDisplay. The Library Card Sign In feature is not available on the State Library's subscription.

Koori Mail: the Koori Mail is a fortnightly newspaper that has reported the stories of Aboriginal Australia since 1992. All but the most recent issues are free to browse or search online at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) website.

The Sydney Morning Herald and the Sydney Mail is available through Ancestry.com via  Australian Vital Notices 1841-2001. Go to Ancestry> 'Search' > 'Card catalog' from the drop down menu> Type vital notices in the Title search. Ancestry is only available onsite. ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream  includes The Sydney Morning Herald from 1996 (text only).

Queensland

Trove: Contains nearly four million pages of Queensland titles prior to 1955.

ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream (1996– ) Find full-text articles from Australian and New Zealand newspapers, including The Courier Mail, Cairns Post, Gold Coast Sun,Townsville Bulletin and ABC news program transcripts. Text only, no pictures or ads.

PressReader (current 3 months) View the complete content of over fifty current Queensland titles and around 4000 current newspapers and popular magazines from 97 countries, including ads, images and tables. Please note: The title was formerly known as PressDisplay. The Library Card Sign In feature is not available on the State Library's subscription.

Newspapers on microfilm. Includes many Queensland titles- onsite access only. Interstate newspapers on microfilm are kept in storage and can be ordered daily between 10.00 and 5.30, then delivered to the FHNR in 20-30 minutes.

South Australia

Trove: Contains approximately 100 titles of South Australian newspapers prior to 1955.

ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream (1996– ) Find full-text articles from Australian and New Zealand newspapers, and over thirty South Australian titles including The Advertiser, Border Chronicle, Port Lincoln Times and ABC news program transcripts. Text only, no pictures or ads.

Newspapers on microfilm. Includes many SA titles- onsite access only. Interstate newspapers on microfilm are kept in storage and can be ordered daily between 10.00 and 5.30, then delivered to the NFHR in 20-30 minutes.

Tasmania

Trove: Contains approximately 100 titles of Tasmanian Australian newspapers prior to 1955.

Tasmanian Newspapers and Indexes (1816–2010) :  Includes full text of the Tasmanian Mail and Weekly Courier and indexes to an array of Tasmanian newspapers including the Mercury, The Examiner, The Advocate and many more.

ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream (1996– ) Find full-text articles from Australian and New Zealand newspapers, including Tasmanian Country, Examiner, Advocate, Derwent Valley Gazette. Text only, no pictures or ads.

Newspapers on microfilm. Includes titles from Currie, Hobart and Launceston. Onsite access only. Interstate newspapers on microfilm are kept in storage and be ordered daily between 10.00 and 5.30, daily, then delivered to the FHNR in 20-30 minutes.

West Australia

Trove: Contains approximately 100 titles of Western Australian newspapers prior to 1955.

PressReader (current 3 months) View the complete content of over forty current WA titles and around 4000 popular newspapers and magazines from 97 countries, including ads, images and tables. Please note: The title was formerly known as PressDisplay. The Library Card Sign In feature is not available on the State Library's subscription.

ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream (1996– ) Find full-text articles from Australian and New Zealand newspapers, including  the Bunbury Mail, the Weekend Courier and over twenty other W.A. titles. Text only, no pictures or ads.

Newspapers on microfilm. Includes papers from Coolgardie, Cue, Geraldton and Perth. Onsite access only. Interstate newspapers on microfilm are kept in storage and can be ordered daily between 10.00 and 5.30, then delivered to the NFHR in 20-30 minutes.

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.

Northern Territory

Trove: Contains eight NT titles prior to 1955.

ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream (1996– ) Find full-text articles from Australian and New Zealand newspapers, including The Northern Territory News, Katherine Times and the Darwin Palmerston Sun and ABC news program transcripts. Text only, no pictures or ads.