Free Australian Newspaper Archives

March 26, 2010 · Filed Under Family Search 


If you are researching your Australian family history, one great source of information is the Australian newspaper archives. This is a free online service that enables full-text searching of old newspaper articles. The Australian newspaper archives includes newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to the mid-1950s.

By searching the Australian newspaper archives, you can not only find birth, marriage, death and funeral notices, which might uncover unknown facts, but also social, political, economic and cultural issues of the day.

The first 100 years of the Sydney Morning Herald are now publicly available. (The Sydney Herald 1831-1842 and The Sydney Morning Herald 1842-1931). Issues from 1932-1954 will be added weekly over the next few months.

The Argus  (and its previous title the Melbourne Argus) from 1846 -1945 are now completed and available. The remaining 10 years (1945-1954) of the Argus will be made available in 2010 (mid to end of year).

Other titles included in the Australian newspaper archives: The Maitland Mercury, The Courier-Mail, The Hobart Town Gazette, The Advertiser and The West Australian.



12 Responses to “Free Australian Newspaper Archives”

  1. genealogy on May 15th, 2010 10:05 am

    It is free to search but a small charge applies to view the full text of an article. …


  2. The Mad Genealogist on May 15th, 2010 10:08 pm


    Not sure why you cannot access the articles for free. This is from their site

    This is a free online service that enables full-text searching of newspaper articles. The service includes newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to the mid-1950s, when copyright applies. The first Australian newspaper, published in Sydney in 1803, is included in the service. By 2011 the service will comprise 40 million searchable articles.

    Here is an example


  3. Trevor on November 24th, 2011 7:34 am

    Hello, i am looking for help and saw your site, i am looking for a newspaper article written in the Age on 19 Feb 1986, could you please advise. Regards Trevor


  4. charles hodgson on July 24th, 2012 5:51 am

    newspaper article of John Hodgson the first aboriginal train/locomotive driver some where from 1967- 1970


  5. Trevor Sawilski on January 26th, 2013 4:32 am

    Hi i am looking for an April 1958 artical I believe it was in the Sunday mail it’s about my mother having a second set of twins can you please help me find it as I can’t


  6. kim on February 19th, 2013 10:41 pm

    hello i am looking for article sydney telegraph 29th dec 2012 disabled pentioner wins court case allowing him to travel and spend his pention oversea regards kim


  7. Christina on March 21st, 2013 5:44 am

    Hi I am looking for a photo and article of my sister and I which I believe was printed in The Age on either the 14th or 15th July, 1962. The photo is of 10 yr old and 8yr old sisters disembarking at Melbourne port from the Castel Felice. Have tried other sources but narrowed the berthing down to the 14th July, which means it could be either that day or the following day. Thank you.


  8. greghar on June 25th, 2013 11:48 pm

    Looking for a Courier Mail edition for November 1972, does anyone know where I could find a resource or copy of it? I think the date is Nov. 11th, but can’t be positive. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated. Thank you kindly.


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  10. Terry Michael Williams on December 5th, 2014 1:30 pm

    i am interested in getting two copies of the West Australian newspaper one copy of the 5th. of febuary 1974 and the 6th. of febuary 1974 my home address is 8 Burgess court. Newstead 3462 victoria could you please tell me how much money to forward for the papers my home phone.54762615 my mobile is 0438626565 hope you can help cheers. / Terry /


    Terry Michael Williams Reply:

    as stated above i am seeking to get two copies of the west australian newspaper one copy of 5th.of febuary 1974 and a copy of the 6th. of febuary 1974 if you could inform how much money to send home phone 547262615 mobile 0438626565 hope you can help cheers. / Terry /


  11. Terry Michael Williams on December 5th, 2014 1:57 pm

    iam after two copies of the west australian newspaper dated 5th. of febuary 1974 and 6th. of febuary 1974 hope you can help.


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