The National Library needs Australia’s help to ensure that future generations have access to early copies of one of our best loved magazines – The Australian Women’s Weekly.
The National Library, in association with the Women’s Weekly’s publisher, Australian Consolidated Press and the State Library of New South Wales, will digitise the iconic magazine – from its first issue on 10 June 1933 to when it changed into a monthly, on 15 December 1982 – so it will be available online for everyone to read, now and into the future. At the same time, we want to make sure our own collection of the magazine is complete.
So, to fill gaps in our collection, the National Library has called for public help to find some missing issues.
Director-General of the National Library, Jan Fullerton, said the digitisation process combined cutting-edge technology with a 76-year-old Aussie icon.
‘The Women’s Weekly has a special place in the heart of most Australians,’ she said. ‘And following on from the success of our newspaper digitisation campaign, we are pleased to be working towards making the Women’s Weekly available online too.’
Former Editor (1999-2009) and now Consulting Editor at The Australian Women’s Weekly, Deborah Thomas, said she was delighted to give support to the National Library of Australia on the digitisation project.
‘As this country’s leading collecting institution, the National Library is the ideal home for every issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly,’ she said. ‘I encourage everyone to have a search at home to see if they have a copy of one of the magazines on the ‘missing’ list they could donate to the Library to help preserve Australia’s social history and play an important role in this special project.’