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The National Library of Australia, in collaboration with Australian State and
Territory libraries, began a program in March 2007 to digitise Australian newspapers
for access and preservation purposes.

The Australian newspapers hold an enormous amount of information from around the world.
As of 12 October 2012 there are 7,543,642 pages consisting of 74,500,869 articles.
Over the past 4 years the National Library of Australia, with a modest budget and
small team of staff, has digitised more than 6.8 million pages of Australian newspapers.
This equates to just over 260 titles out of approximately 7,700 newspaper
titles published in Australia
This is a FREE online Service.

Our concern, at the moment is the transcription of news from America
received by ship and by telegram and appearing in our national
newspapers since the early 1800's.

Not being familiar with names and place names 'American', Australian
transcribers are finding the task of transcribing American articles sometimes difficult.

We need American volunteers to 'Fix The Text'.
Even just one article would be a big help.

The bonus for you is, you get to read a lot of interesting news
which may not be preserved in your own country.
For example;

Launceston Examiner Tas. Tuesday 14 November 1871


General Washburne has defeated General Butler for the command-in-chief of the United States army.

The Russian fleet has arrived in New York harbor.

The Tammany Ring has confessed to the municipal frauds with which it was charged, and has repaid 750,000 dollars.

The United States are taking active steps to suppress Mormonism. They have arrested Brigbam Young and a number of other Mor mon celebrities on charges of adultery. Wool is in fair demand at New York. At the recent sales there Australian scarcely covered importations.

Kerosene is steady. Dovoe's, 31 cents.

Many lives were lost during the progress of the great fire at Chicago. It broke out on Sunday, 8th October, while a strong wind was blowing. Everything was in a very dry and combustible state, owing to a long spell of dry weather. The fire brigades were powerless to arrest the progress of the flames. The water and gas works, the newspaper offices, banks, principal hotels, and all the public buildings of the city were destroyed. A second fire raged on Monday, 10th October. On the second occasion the fire was traced to incen diaries, whose intention was to destroy the remainder of the city left untouched by the former fire, and occupied principally by the wealthy classes. Their object was plunder. Two men were caught firing buildings, and were immediately shot by the infuriated populace. Others who were implicated were led off with ropes round their necks. Nine. tenths of the city have been destroyed.
Another telegram says:over 100,000 persons have been rendered homeless by the great fire at Chicago. Seventy vessels were burned at the wharves. A number of prisoners in the gaol were burned to death.
The fire extended over an area of three miles in length, by one in breadth.
Large contributions of food, clothing, and money have arrived from all parts of America.

The Mercury Hobart, Tas. Tuesday 30 March 1897

It is proposed to make a facsimile of the Log of the Mayflower, which
Mr. T. Bayard has obtained the loan of in England, for the purpose of
sending it to the United States for exhibition.

Northern Standard, Tuesday 5 September 1939

Chicago, August 31.
Byron E. Wrigley, jun., an executive of the chewing gum manufacturing firm,
was granted an uncontested divorce from Mrs. Dorothy T. Wrigley, of Sydney,
on the grounds of desertion. Their child, Michael, aged 5, was given into the custody of
the mother.
Wrigley said that he was married in Sydney on May 26, 1932.
He was transferred from Sydney to Chicago last April, but his wife refused
to accompany him.

Morning Bulletin Rockhampton, Qld. Friday 30 August 1946
American Was Already Married

An American serviceman, who was stated to be residing with his legal wife in
Los Angeles, was named as the defendant in the Supreme Court yesterday in an action
by a Rockhampton girl for an order to annul her marriage with him.
Murial Jane Ricks, otherwise known as Forman, sought from Mr. Justice Brennan
annulment of her marriage with Homer Forman.
The action was undefended. Mr. T. J. Hally appeared for the plaintiff.
The plaintiff gave evidence of going through a form of marriage on September 19, 1942,
with Forman, who was with the American forces in Rockhampton at the time.
There was one child of the marriage.
Witness, now aged 21, said she then believed Forman to be a single man. There was
then no check by the authorities and she had to rely upon assurances by his friends
that he was single. Since then she had found out through the British consulate in
America, that he was married in San Francisco in November, 1941, and at present
was living with his wife in Los Angeles.
His Honour: Such girls deserve all they get. They are looking for trouble.
They play around with Yanks without knowing anything about them.

A judgement nisi declaring the marriage null and void, returnable after
three months, was granted.

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on 2012-10-12 10:05:22

janilye - 7th generation, Convict stock. Born in New South Wales now living in Victoria, carrying, with pride 'The Birthstain'.

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by taxisixo on 2012-10-18 00:31:58

I do corrections on a regular basis, and it's fascinating, sometimes it's stuff I know and sometimes it's stuff that I don't know. Mainly the "errors" (excluding typos) occur during the digital scanning peocess because of the quality of the source material (the Newspaper). Just pick a name, a subject or a year and you'll never know what you might turn up. They are up to 1954 which for me is living memory. I was looking at the Fisk Jubilee Singers and finally was able to ascertain that the group I was interested in had nothing to do with Fisk University of Nashville TE. Cheers, Sue

by kotiroma on 2012-10-30 20:44:02

glad to meet co volunteers. It's an amazing site and I have found so many interesting articles and not least, items concerning ancestors.

by janilye on 2015-05-20 08:27:49

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