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.