A Treasure Trove of Historic Newcastle Newspapers

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 02:00 pm — Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 04:30 pm

Location Newcastle Art Gallery, 1 Laman Street, Newcastle
Contact Registration is required, T: +61 2 4974 5100 E: artgallery@ncc.nsw.gov.au
RSVP Monday, 26 May 2014

A Treasure Trove of Historic Newcastle Newspapers

Image: Walter Preston Corrobborree, or dance of the natives of New South Wales, New Holland 1820. hand coloured engraving on paper. Purchased 1971. Newcastle Art Gallery collection. On display in the exhibition Novocastria until 13 July 2014

Presented by the Newcastle Hunter Studies Group and the School of Humanities and Social Science in partnership with Newcastle Art Gallery, these talks will introduce the Trove Novocastria exhibition. Trove is a resource which is transforming historical research in Australia by providing free online access to books, articles, photographs, music and more.

The most exciting aspect for many historians is the work of the Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program, which has made available copies of 680 Australian newspapers in a word searchable format. Questions that would have required months of painstaking research in state libraries in the past can now be answered in minutes from any networked computer. 

Newcastle newspapers have recently been added to the Trove database. They now span the period from 1857 (Northern Times) through to 1954 (Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate). Family, local and academic historians are now using Trove extensively and are making wonderful, and sometime confronting, discoveries in the pages of the old newspapers. 

The speakers will give some background on the newspaper digitisation project and talk about their own use of it to aid their research on local topics.


  • Dr Hilary Berthon, National Library of Australia: Gathering the News: collaborations in digitising Australian newspapers 
  • Gionni di Gravio, University of Newcastle archivist: Only Trove will tell: Where was the Wickham corroboree ground? 
  • Dr Julie McIntyre, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle: The treasure that is Trove: A research journey from an 'ink drawing on hairy leaves' to a short history of Newcastle's floating dock

After the presentation, we would like to hear from you. How have you used Trove? What research plans do you have underway or in planning? 

There will be a chance to view the Novocastria exhibition and to share ideas over a cup of tea