I love, love, love this website! Since starting this blog it has always been a part of my Holy Grail links (see right) however my relationship with it originally started out as indifference. I found some articles but there was not a lot to get excited about.
Recently this has all changed. I’m not sure whether the National Library of Australia (NLA) has been continually adding more newspaper editions or whether I’ve somehow changed my previous searching techniques (perhaps it’s both) but this website (and the newspapers within) are continually yielding more and more results.
A letter from my Grandma’s sister with a hint of a memory and the smallest of clues led me to search the NLA Australian Newspapers website and, voila!, I found the following eulogy on George Mather (my Great x 3 Grandfather) almost immediately (The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889-1931); Wednesday, 17 February 1904; Page 6).
Some of these articles give me information about the person and how they lived while others such as the one below show the grief of a family and highlight how much a loved one is missed (The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879-1954); Monday, 6 November 1922; Page 1).
They report on the happy times in a family’s life (The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879-1954); Thursday, 21 April 1910, Page 6)…
…as well as the sad times that occur as a result of great world events. The following pieces were placed in The West Australian by the family of Jack Cochrane and Ted Neale who were both killed in France during World War I (The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879-1954); Friday, 5 July 1918; Page 1).
The online newspapers are a fantastic resource not only for family history researchers but for anyone who is interested in finding historic information. Not all the editions are online however if you can’t find what you’re after (and are desperate for some clues) please visit your State Library as they should have copies of various newspapers.
Just as a final note, despite hating today’s ads, I find the ones in historic newspapers to be absolutely fascinating! I had a quick search and have managed to gather a few interesting ads from a time when things were done a little differently.