"The Queenslander" newspaper online

The Queenslander newspaper (1866-1939) is now available through the Australian Newspaper Service (Trove), National Library of Australia. The Queenslander content can be found at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-title42 .

filming “The Queenslander”

The Queenslander is recognized as a significant publication that is in high demand by researchers. It provides extensive documentation and pictorial insight into the First World War and Boer War along with the best state-wide coverage of Queensland throughout this time. It contains substantial articles and is highly illustrated with photographs and line drawings.

Having The Queenslander content available online is the product of many hours of work since 2007. The project began with the remicrofilming of 170,000 newspaper pages by the State Library of Queensland Microfilm Unit to ensure that the microfilm was able to support digitisation.

In 2009-2010 the refilmed duplicate master microfilm was sent to the NLA for scanning (digitizing) by an external bureau. The digitized frames were then processed through OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to enable them to become searchable. Once searchable the pages were ingested into the Trove Australian Newspaper Service.

The digitisation and on-line access was made possible through funds provided by the Centre for Government of Queensland on a contributor model basis to the Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program (ANDP). The result is a full text searchable digital version of The Queenslander (1866-1939).

The next stage in the digitization of The Queenslander is to make available the colour cover pages and other coloured pages from the newspaper. Watch this space for developments

Christine Ianna | Manager, Publications Reformatting | Collection Preservation  



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The digitisation program is a valuable resource for researchers of Queensland history. The long hours spent in front of a microfilm reader are now gone, as the search engines turn up amazing material. I am eagerly awaiting the colour pages. I have been researching the history of Mt Coot-tha and I am sure the colour pages will be wonderful.

Thanks for this Janet. The digitization of the newspapers in particular has been revolutionary for researchers. We have heard many comments similar to yours from professional historians and researchers to interested members of the public.