Digital form gives new life to papers

LOOKING BACK: Cr David Pahlke (right) with The Queensland Times editor Stuart Sherwin at the Ipswich City Library looking at old QT newspapers.
LOOKING BACK: Cr David Pahlke (right) with The Queensland Times editor Stuart Sherwin at the Ipswich City Library looking at old QT newspapers. Rob Williams

THE history-laden pages of Ipswich's daily newspaper will be brought to life again through a national project to put them into digital form so they can be read on computer.

Councillor David Pahlke said the National Library of Australia would digitise the Queensland Times editions from 1909 - 1954, and some of the city's earliest newspapers dating back to 1861.

Cr Pahlke said the project was an integral part of making sure Ipswich's history was readily available to Ipswich residents and the wider community.

He said the National Library was digitising selected Australian newspapers under the National Newspaper Digitisation Project, funded through the National Library.

"Ipswich Library staff have been advocating for the digitisation of The Queensland Times for a number of years, so were thrilled with the announcement of the new National Library project," Cr Pahlke said.

"The digitisation of these newspapers is expected to be completed by June with the newspapers becoming available online as they are completed.

They will then be available free via Trove, which is a search engine to locate resources about Australia and Australians, including all digitised Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1954.

"They will then be available free via Trove, which is a search engine to locate resources about Australia and Australians, including all digitised Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1954."

Queensland Times editor Stuart Sherwin said he was sure Ipswich people would find the newspaper's massive archive a treasure trove of fascinating stories and pictures.

"At present, anyone researching Ipswich's past through The QT has to use microfiche machines at the city library," he said.

"But with no index, it can be hard to find precisely what you are looking for in the thousands of editions that are stored there. Digitising the record will enable people to find the stories they want at the touch of a button."

Topics:  david pahlke, ipswich library, national library of australia, national newspaper digitisation project, stuart sherwin



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