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Newspapers found

No copies of the first editions (1908-1911) of the Blyth Agriculturist, a mid-north South Australian newspaper, were known to have survived until a brittle bundle of them was discovered in the offices of the Northern Argus newspaper in 2006. Recognising their significance from the list of missing newspapers that the State Library of South Australia maintains through the Australian Newspaper Plan, the Clare Regional History Group donated them to the Library for preservation.

Picture of restored Blyth Agriculturist

Blyth Agriculturist: The pages of the 1908 issues were in brittle fragments and before the Library’s reformatting staff could microfilm them for ANPlan, conservation staff humidified the fragments to remove creases, painstakingly reassembled them and adhered them to acid-free backing tissue with wheat starch. Photo courtesy of the State Library of South Australia.

Similar discoveries may be waiting in other states. Please tell us if you think you may have one of Australia's missing newspapers.

In 2010/11, the following newspapers were found:

  • Armidale budget Vol. 3 No. 30; 5 June, 1897 (microform version only)
  • Burrowa news and Marengo, Binalong, Murrumburrah and Cootamundra reporter; four miscellaneous issues from 1923-1951
  • Douglas times and Douglas Shire visitors’ guide 12 Feb. 1986-Apr. 1986; first 8 issues.
  • The Laura standard: and Beetaloo, Wirrabara, Melrose, Booleroo Centre and Yarowie advertiser Vol. 1, no.1; 11 April1889; first issue, printed on silk as a gift to the newspaper's sponsors
  • Mercury (Hobart) Southern edition July-Dec 1941.
  • Moruya Examiner (1989) Aug. 18, 1993; Dec. 1, 1993; Dec. 7, 1994; Apr. 2, 1995; Dec. 19, 1997; Feb. 18, Mar. 18, 1998 issues loaned for microfilming
  • News leader 1984-1990
  • North Western Advocate and Emu Bay Times (Devonport & Burnie) miscellaneous issues from 1914-1916
  • The Referee 1891-1895; 1901-1909
  • Van Diemen's Land Chronicle (Hobart) Mar 4, 1842

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Queensland found newspapers

Previously missing Queensland newspapers found as a result of the State Library of Queensland's Search and Rescue campaign. Conservation treatment was required to preserve these newspapers once they had been found. Photo courtesy of State Library of Queensland.

Last updated 13 December 2011

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