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Thursday’s Tips – Other newspapers for Australia

Last week, I wrote about Trove.  This week, I am going to write about the other sites with online newspapers.

The main two others sites I use for newspapers in Australia are the Herald Sun Tributes and the Ryerson Index.  I also occasionally use

Herald Sun Tributes

Other newspapers have online archives, but they are usually just for the last few years at the most, while the Herald Sun Tributes go back longer.  The Herald Sun Tributes has death and funeral notices. The earliest one I have come across so far is from 2004.

The Ryerson Index

The Ryerson Index is only an index, and doesn’t have actual notices, but I use this to determine if there were additional notices that haven’t been included in the Herald Sun Tributes, or if there were any notices in other newspapers. At this stage of my genealogy do-over, the newspapers I have found that have death, funeral or probate notices for my family include The Age (Melbourne), The Courier Mail (Brisbane), The Daily Mercury (Hobart), the Bendigo Advertiser, and the Shepparton News.  All of these newspapers have websites, which include recent death notices, but they didn’t have the notices I was after.  I will need to go the State Library to view these.  Not all newspapers have been digitised, and due to copyright there isn’t much available from 1955, so this is one of the occasions when you need to visit one of the State Libraries or the National Library of Australia to find out more information about your family.

This is a subscription site, and it doesn’t have much from Australia.  It includes The Age (Melbourne) from 1854-2000, The Sydney Morning Herald (1831-2002), The Sydney Mail (1919) and the Hamilton Spectator (1860-1919).  These newspapers are also available on Trove up to 1954, so I would only recommend using for articles in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald from 1955.  This site is more useful when researching families from the United States and Canada.

One thought on “Thursday’s Tips – Other newspapers for Australia

  1. Hi Lois I also access The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald online back to 2006 through my State Library and have managed to access some other digitised newspapers resources from home through the library too. I also make a lot of use of the British Library Newspapers through my National Library membership and also FindMyPast, same newspapers but different search engines and depending on what I am looking for or browsing one can be more effective than the other. I also find New Zealand’s PapersPast excellent. Lots of forebears were across the ditch and also lots of Australian reportage. Regards Anne


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