Digitised Newspapers on Irish-Australia

The good news for those interested in Irish-Australian history is that two Australian Catholic newspapers The Freeman’s Journal (1850-1932) and The Catholic Press (1895-1942) are now being made available online. Trove, the National Library of Australia’s online research service, has for a number of years been digitising Australian newspapers and uploading them to its digitised newspapers website. Anyone with a connection to the Internet can access metropolitan dailies (at least one in each capital city) as well as numerous regional and local newspapers in all Australian states. The two Catholic newspapers now being uploaded are a rich source of information on Irish-Australia and events in Ireland between 1850 and 1942. The uploading of those newspapers is being undertaken progressively so that not all issues are available to be viewed as yet. However, the Trove search engine will process search terms and give a snippet view even if the complete article itself is not available. If you click on the envelope icon in the search result screen, Trove will send you an email when the article is available. There’s even a link to see what issues have been recently added.

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