How to use Australian newspapers online

By Rosemary Collins, 27 April 2017 - 3:16pm

As Australia and New Zealand celebrate Anzac day, we explain how to use newspaper archives to research your Australian ancestors

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The Gallipoli landings began on 25 April 1915 (Credit: Getty Images)

This week, Australians and New Zealanders honoured their armed forces, as ANZAC day on Tuesday marked the 102nd anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

If you’ve been inspired to research your Australian ancestors, the best place to start is the free online Australian newspaper archive, Trove, on the National Library of Australia’s website.

 

Step one 

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Go to the website’s home page and choose the ‘Digitised newspapers and more’ option (top left in the box in the centre of the page).

Step two

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Enter the name of the person you’re seeking in the ‘Search articles’ box on the left. We searched for John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the Gallipoli stretcher bearer legendary for using donkeys to provide first aid and carry wounded men to safety. 

Step three

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To read an entry in full, click on the blue title. In this case, the first hit leads to a 1917 article about the real identity of Kirkpatrick, also known as ‘Murphy of Anzac’.

There is a transcription in the left-hand column, although optical character recognition (OCR) for old newspapers can be a bit hit and miss. However, you can view a scan of the original article on the right, and click on the magnifying symbol to enlarge it if necessary.

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