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 2012/13, the following newspapers were found:

  • Adelaide Observer 1851 Early country editions have been found for 14 Jun. and 19 Jul. 1851 (no other country editions are held by SLSA for this title).
  • The Bay advocate (Batemans Bay, NSW: South Coast & Tablelands Magazine) 5 Jan. 1979-26 Mar. 1982 (4 reels) SLNSW.
  • The Bega standard and Candelo, Merimbula, Pambula, Eden, Wolumla, and General Advertiser 1883-1885 donated by Bega Valley Shire Library to the SLNSW.
  • The Branxton Advocate, Greta and Rothbury Reporter 4 Mar 1916 (1 reel) SLNSW.
  • South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail 1875 Fourteen missing pages of the 2 Jan. 1875 issue will be filmed and scanned by the SLSA.
  • Suburban Oct. 1992-Jun. 1996 NTL.
  • Suburban (Palmerston Ed.) Dec. 1995-Jun. 1996 NTL.
  • Süd-Australische Zeitung Missing supplements have been found for 11 Nov. 1864 and 10, 17 and 24 Feb. 1865 which the SLSA will film and scan.
  • The Temora Independent 10 Nov. 1894 anonymously donated to the SLNSW.
  • Weekly Dispatch 1856 One issue (24 May 1856) to SLSA.
  • Weekly Mail 1864 One issue (5 Mar. 1864) to SLSA.

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 January 2014