How to find current, historical and online newspapers
The Library collects all Victorian newspapers, including suburban, regional and country newspapers. Additionally, we collect all special-interest newspapers such as sporting, business and religious newspapers, and all of the newspapers serving Victoria’s diverse ethnic communities.
Many major Victorian newspapers, including complete back issues of The Age, Sun, Herald, Herald-Sun are available on microfilm in the Newspapers and Family History Reading Rooms (Newspapers & Family History Reading Rooms). To see what we hold on film, consult the Guide to newspapers on microfilm or search the Library catalogue. Type in the name of the place you are looking for, along with the word 'newspapers', into the catalogue, for example, 'Swan Hill newspapers', then hit 'Search'. You will then see a listing of all newspapers we hold from area. If you click on the 'details' TAB you will see more information on the title, such as date range and coverage.
The Newspapers & Family History Reading Rooms has current issues - the most recent 3 months - of all Victorian newspapers and two months of most Australian capital city daily newspapers (except the Adelaide Advertiser). All newspapers in the Newspapers & Family History Reading RoomsR are arranged by place of publication, e.g. NSW, Sydney, Australian Financial Review.
Victorian newspapers on microfilm are on open access in the Newspapers & Family History Reading Rooms. Most interstate microfilm is kept in onsite storage and can be ordered daily between 10.00 and 5.30, then delivered in 30 minutes.
There are hundreds of Victorian newspaper titles available through Trove, however often only some years of a newspaper have been digitised. Nearly all of the editions on Trove were published before 1955 (for editions that are not on Trove, see the 'Newspapers on microfilm' box below). 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.
Some major Victorian titles include:
The Ovens and Murray Advertiser: 1855-1918
As it's common for a newspaper to change its title, we have created family trees, like the one below, for most Victorian titles. Once you have found the record of the paper on the catalogue, near the bottom of the page there is 'other links' and under this, 'view family tree for this title'.
1854-1954: online on Trove
Google news archive: Google have scanned many issues of The Age from issue one in 1854 until the end of 1989. Not all the issues are scanned but many are- so it is a good option for post 1954 articles.
1955-2005 use microfilm in Newspapers and Family History and Reading Rooms (NFHRR)
Gale Onefile coverage of The Age begins on January 19, 1991 to present. Includes articles- no images or personal notices.
1993-1999 CD ROMS available in the Newspapers & Family History Reading Rooms (text only): includes: articles, editorial stories from the news, features, letters to the editor, opinion and analysis, section supplements, captions of images, some tables and the Odd Spot. It does not include articles written by authors not directly employed by The Age. Also not included are: advertisements, photographs, some tables and other illustrative material, weather reports, stock market information, text in the commercial and industrial property section, page one summaries of articles with the newspaper, lottery results, table of television programs in the Green Guide and Text for the Day
Sep 2, 1996 - ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream: full-text articles from the Age- no images or personal notices
2006- current 'The Age' Digital Editions
Current 3 months in hard copy in the Newspapers & Family History Reading Rooms. Full run of back issues available on microfilm in Newspapers & Family History Reading Rooms.
The Age 1854- 2000 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.
Wayback Machine: contains some editions of the online version of the The Age from 1996 to current. Does not include all content; articles published online may not have been published in the physical paper.
10 Oct 1990- 30 June 2014: on microfilm in Newspapers and Family History Reading Room (NPFHRR)
1992-1999 (includes Weekly Times): CD-ROM includes: articles, editorials, news features, letters, opinion & analysis and captions. It excludes: images, classified and other advertisements, weather details, indexes, stock market information or tables.
Gale Onefile coverage of the Herald Sun begins on December 27, 1995 to present. Includes articles- no images or personal notices.
1 July 2014- until 2 December 2018: Herald Sun database (onsite access only)
Current 3 months in hard copy in the Newspapers & Family History Reading Rooms (currently extended to one year- check tubs in NFHRR)
2001- ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream: full-text articles from the Herald Sun- no images or personal notices
Wayback Machine: contains some editions of the online version of the Herald Sun from 1996 to current. Does not include all content; articles published online may not have been published in the physical paper.
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