The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce the latest additions to Trove, the renowned digital repository for historical records.

Genealogy researchers and history enthusiasts can now access a wealth of newly digitised diaries, letters, archives, newspapers, gazettes, magazines, and newsletters. This release is part of an ongoing effort to provide comprehensive resources for family history research.

Diaries, Letters, and Archives

Among the newly available records are playbills from the Ballarat Theatre Royal dating back to the 1860s. These unique historical artefacts, preserved by the City of Ballarat Libraries, provide a fascinating glimpse into the cultural life of gold rush-era Ballarat. The playbills are notable for the layering of advertisements, creating a visual collage that captures the vibrancy of the period.

Newspapers and Gazettes

Trove has also expanded its collection of newspapers and gazettes, offering valuable insights into historical events and daily life across various Australian regions. The newly digitised newspapers include:

  • Braidwood News and Goldfields General Advertiser (29 March – 2 September 1862)
  • Braidwood News and Southern Goldfields General Advertiser (1 January – 17 December 1864)
  • Braidwood Review and District Advocate (6 November 1914)
  • Braidwood Observer and Miner’s Advocate (27 August 1859 – 31 December 1862)
  • Temora Telegraph and Mining Advocate (29 July 1880)
  • Sunny Corner Silver Press and Miners’ Advocate (20 – 27 March 1886)
  • Captain’s Flat Mining Record (15 January – 25 June 1898)
  • Hill End and Tambaroora Times and Miners’ Advocate (23 September 1871 – 30 October 1875)
  • Moruya Examiner (26 February 1881 – 30 December 1902)

These newspapers are essential resources for researchers tracing local histories and mining activities during pivotal periods in Australia’s development. To access these records, click here.

Magazines and Newsletters

Researchers can now explore Australia’s overseas aid program through newly digitised “blue books” from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, covering 1945 to 2000. These publications provide detailed documentation of Australia’s international development efforts, including:

  • Official expenditure by country, region, and sector
  • Functional classification of Australian official development assistance to developing countries
  • Bilateral flows by project and major item of expenditure

These records offer valuable data for researchers examining Australia’s global aid initiatives and economic history.

Access and Additional Information

All newly digitised items are accessible through Trove, thanks to the collaborative efforts of hundreds of Trove Partners and the National Library of Australia. For more information on the digitisation process and to explore these new records, visit the Trove website.

Stay Informed

To stay updated on upcoming additions and newly available records, researchers are encouraged to visit Trove’s “Coming Soon” page and the National Library of Australia’s website.

For further details and inquiries, please contact the National Library of Australia or visit Trove.

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  • Dr Douglas Mawson Arriving in South Australia: Picryl