Australian newspapers online – log on and discover!. .

Since 2007 the National Library – in partnership with State and Territory libraries – has been digitising out of copyright newspapers. It’s now possible to search through the project’s Australian Newspapers site newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s until the mid-1950s.

Newspapers of particular interest to those of us researching Sydney include:

Sydney Chronicle (1846-1848)

Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (1803-1842)

Sydney Herald (1831-1842)

Sydney Monitor (1828-1838)

Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (1838-1841)

Sydney Morning Herald (1842-1954)

Sun-Herald (1953-1954)

Sunday Herald (1949-1953)

In October the project scanned its 30 millionth article! You can log-on to this tremendous resource at

Ready Reference: Index to the Balmain Observer.

In our Local History collection we hold copies of the Balmain Observer dated from 1884 – 1907 on microfilm. The newspaper is being indexed by one of our wonderfully committed volunteers. Below is a link to the current Index.