Territory And Municipal Services are letting us know that local newspapers pre-1954 are now digitised and online:
“The ACT Heritage Library is very proud to have contributed the last three titles in the collection. This is a very exciting resource for libraries in the ACT and will vastly improve access for the world to one of the most valuable research resources on ACT history and culture,” said Antoinette Buchanan, Manager, ACT Heritage Library.
“The joint collaboration between the National Library of Australia and Australian State and Territory libraries began in March 2007 and has committed to the preservation of every newspaper ever published in Australia through Trove, a significant search engine for Australian organisations and the public..
“The final historical newspaper titles made available this week include the Canberra Community News (October 1925 – December 1927) which released 24 issues published by the Social Service Department of the Federal Capital Commission, and Canberra Illustrated which was a single issue, 64 page illustrated title released in December 1925.
“Also available is the Federal Capital Pioneer Magazine (October 1926 – August 1927) which ran for ten editions and included a special issue for the opening of Parliament House, as well as a very rare and useful map of property holdings for the region.
“These titles will join the Canberra Times (1926 – 1954) and the Federal Capital Pioneer (1924 – 1926) which were digitised in 2008 and 2009, completing the digitisation of available local newspapers. Except for Canberra Illustrated, original copies for early Canberra newspapers are held in the ACT Heritage Library.”