A tale of collaboration
11 June 2010
Just recently the National Library received a microfilm copy of the World War II newspaper, the Army News, which documents a remarkable stage in Australia’s history. With many troops arriving in Darwin during World War II, the Army News sprung up in 1941, ‘issued for all services in the Northern Territory’. After the city was bombed in February 1942, it became the only newspaper to be published in Darwin, ceasing publication in 1946. Its pages contain a mixture of military and local news, public notices and advertisements. The re-filming of this paper (the original filming was not of a standard to support subsequent digitisation) is a wonderful tale of collaboration. None of the Australian libraries held a complete set of this title so the Australian War Memorial generously lent its copies so the project could go ahead. Managed by the Northern Territory Library, this project was funded by the National Library. The title was then digitised as part of the National Library’s Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program and will shortly be made accessible via the national discovery service, Trove.