The National Library of Australia has entered into a contract with Apex publishing to support a major newspaper digitisation program which will commence later this year. The Library will use Apex’s services to build a database covering the period 1803 to 1954 using one major newspaper from each state and territory. The Library expects to offer, from early 2008, a new online service to enable full text searching of these newspapers free of charge. The Library will initially populate this service with the 19th century portions of newspapers such as the Sydney Gazette, The Argus, The Courier Mail and other newspapers from Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.
For further information go to: www.nla.gov.au/pressrel