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Newspapers

Newspapers are excellent sources of information for family history. They contain birth, engagement and marriage announcements, death and funeral notices, as well as daily news commentary, providing first-hand accounts of events that may have played a role in your family's history. Local news, historical information about an area, advertisements for businesses, can all provide details about the lives of your ancestors, even if they are not mentioned by name.

Many newspaper indexes exist, which make life simple for family history researchers. Indexes may list entries in newspaper sections such as birth announcements, marriages and funeral notices or provide references to passenger arrivals, obituaries and photographs. A summary of newspaper index holdings can be found on the State Library's News and newspaper page.

Newspaper indexes related specifically to birth, death or marriage records can be found on the relevant Life events pages.

A visual Timeline of Tasmanian Newspapers [PDF 2.5MB] is available online. (Increase to 50% magnification and use your scroll bar to navigate the chart).

The Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program will be of increasing interest to family history researchers as millions of pages of early Australian newspapers become available in full text online. Already significant Tasmanian content from as early as 1825 can be viewed.

The Times Digital Archive is a valuable resource for anyone tracing family histories to the UK. This database gives access to every issue and every page of the Times (London) from 1785-1985, including articles, editorials, advertisements, illustrations, photographs, shipping news, birth, death and marriage notices and obituaries. The Times Digital Archive is available in all city libraries and to State Library of Tasmania members at home.

Related links: Life events

Listed here is a selection of further resources.

Southern Tasmania
Date range Title Resource type
1816-1821 The Hobart Town Gazette, and Southern Reporter
Microfilm
1821-1825 Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser
Microfilm
1825-1880 The Hobart Town Gazette
Microfilm
1881-1906 The Hobart Gazette
Microfilm
1907- Tasmanian Government Gazette
Microfilm
1825 The Tasmanian, and Port Dalrymple Advertiser
Microfilm
1827-1828 The Tasmanian
Microfilm
1828 Murray's Austral-Asiatic Review
Microfilm
1831-1833 The Tasmanian and Southern Literary & Political Journal
Microfilm
1833 Austral-Asiatic Review
Microfilm
1834-1838 The Tasmanian and Austral-Asiatic Review
Microfilm
1837-1841 The Austral-Asiatic Review, Tasmanian and Australian Advertiser
Microfilm
1839-1841 Tasmanian Weekly Dispatch
Microfilm
1842-1845 Tasmanian and Austral-Asiatic Review
Microfilm
1827-1839 The Hobart Town Courier
Microfilm
1839-1840 The Hobart Town Courier and Van Diemen's Land Gazette
Microfilm
1840-1859 The Courier
Microfilm
1837-1840 The Advertiser
Microfilm
1839-1861 Hobart Town Advertiser
Microfilm
1862-1865 The Advertiser
Microfilm
1865-1866 The Tasmanian Morning Herald
Microfilm
1836-1837 Bent's News and Tasmanian Three-penny Register
Microfilm
1837-1838 Bent's News and Tasmanian Register
Microfilm
Jul 1845-Mar 1846 The Herald of Tasmania
Microfilm
Mar 1846-Dec 1846 The Hobart Town Herald
Microfilm
Dec 1846-Mar 1847 The Hobart Town Herald & Total Abstinence Advocate
Microfilm
1846-1851 The Britannia and Trades Advocate
Microfilm
1851-1853 The Tasmanian Colonist
Microfilm
1847 The Guardian, or True Friend of Tasmania
Microfilm
1854-1854 Hobarton Guardian, or True Friend of Tasmania
Microfilm
1854-1857 The Hobarton Mercury
Microfilm
1858-1860 The Hobart Town Daily Mercury
Microfilm
1860- The Mercury
Microfilm
1998- The Mercury (Newsbank)
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1872-1876 The Tasmanian Tribune
Microfilm
1876-1879 Tribune
Microfilm
1877-1921 The Tasmanian Mail
Microfilm
1921-1935 The Illustrated Tasmanian Mail
Microfilm
1883-1911 Tasmanian News
Microfilm
1908-1918 The Daily post
Microfilm
1918-1924 The World
Microfilm
1910-1933 Huon times
Microfilm
1933-1942 The Huon and Derwent times
Microfilm
1964-1993 The Huon news
Microfilm
1993- The Huon Valley news
Microfilm
Mar 1953-Apr 1954 Derwent Gazette
Microfilm
Apr 1954- Derwent Valley Gazette
Microfilm
1979-1987 The Midlands Monthly
Microfilm
2002-2004 The Midlands Monthly
Microfilm
1987-2001 The Midlander
Microfilm
1999-2000 New Midlander
Microfilm
2004-2007 The Dulverton Chronicle
Microfilm
1980- Bruny News
Microfilm
1992-2002 The Bush Telegraph: Dover's Own Newsletter
Microfilm
Apr-May 1994 The Bothwell Banner
Microfilm
Jun-Sep 1994 The Highland Herald
Microfilm
Oct 1994- The Highlands Digest
Microfilm
Northern and Northeastern Tasmania
Date range Title Resource type
1825 The Tasmanian, and Port Dalrymple Advertiser
Microfilm
1829 The Cornwall Press and Commercial Advertiser
Microfilm
1829-1846 Launceston Advertiser
Microfilm
1842-1899 Launceston Examiner : Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser
Microfilm
1900- The Examiner
Microfilm
1835-1880 The Cornwall Chronicle Commercial, Agricultural and Naval Register
Microfilm
1840-1843 The Launceston Courier
Microfilm
1843 The Teetotal Advocate
Microfilm
1871-1879 The Tasmanian
Microfilm
1881-1895 The Tasmanian
Microfilm
1881-1883 Telegraph
Microfilm
1883-1928 Daily Telegraph
Microfilm
1901-1935 The Weekly Courier
Microfilm
1909- North Eastern Advertiser
Microfilm
1956- Island News
Microfilm
1978-2000 The Derby Echo
Microfilm
1983- The Lilydale Progressive
Microfilm
1989- Tamar Times
Microfilm
1993-1996 Campbell Town Chronicle
Microfilm
Western and Northeastern Tasmania
Date range Title Resource type
1887-1888 The North Western Chronicle
Microfilm
1887-1916 The North West Post
Microfilm
1890-1893 The Coastal News and North Western Advertiser
Microfilm
1890-1922 The Zeehan and Dundas Herald
Microfilm
1890-1897 Wellington Times and Agricultural and Mining Gazette
Microfilm
1897-1899 Emu Bay Times and North West & West Coast Advocate
Microfilm
1900-1919 The North Western Advocate (Devonport) and the Emu Bay Times (Burnie) Tasmania
Microfilm
1919- The Advocate
Microfilm
1891-1892 The North Coast Standard
Microfilm
1893-1894 Deloraine-Westbury Advocate
Microfilm
1906- Circular Head Chronicle
Microfilm
1910-1912 Deloraine & Westbury Advertiser
Microfilm
1912-1986 The King Island News
Microfilm
1964-1968 The West Coaster
Microfilm
1968-1992 Weekender
Microfilm
1975-1978 The West Coast Miner
Microfilm
1979-1995 The Westerner
Microfilm
1973-1982 Grassy Grapevine
Microfilm
1975-1989 Pipe Line
Microfilm
1980-2004 Western Tiers
Microfilm
1984- King Island Courier
Microfilm
1989-1995 Zeehan Community News
Microfilm
1992- Western Herald
Microfilm