Monday, October 29, 2012

News on microfilm

Another great resource in the library for local studies researchers is the collection of newspapers on microfilm .The collection includes :
  • The Wagga Wagga Express ,October 1858 to December 31 1929
  • The Wagga Wagga Advertiser October 17 1868 to June 30 1911
  • The Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser July 1 1911 to the current day.
There are also some district papers. These include :
  • The Ardlethan -Beckom Times
  • Coolamon Farmers Review
  • Tumut and Adelong Times
  • Australian Town and Country Journal 1880 -1889
other records of interest on microfilm that may be of use to researchers are
  • the Wagga Rate books 1917 -1931
  • Tichbourne case papers
  • The Police Gazette 1900-1930

There are also a lot of records on microfiche too numerous to mention here but well worth a look for the merely curious or the serious researcher.
The microfilm reader is fully computerised and you can save the documents you choose to your USB / thumb drive to take home. The newspapers hold a great deal of valuable information that suits a variety of research purposes and looking at old advertisements and news stories from different eras can be a lot of fun in itself.

One of my favourite pieces from this edition of a 1938 Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser is the example below - the Railway Time table on top of an advertisement for a rheumatism cure- from the mundane to the melodramatic - the "devilish torture" of rheumatic pain.

 The district news has snippets of information about local people and events which can be useful for family history researchers, as long as you have the patience and time to look through the papers. It's free to use the microfilm reader - but you must be a member of the library and book the reader at the front desk.

 Come in and enjoy hours of entertainment travelling back through time!

1 comment:

G Pr said...

how do I search for a picture of my sister & myself in our school uniforms walking thro the water & mud that had slid down onto to the edward st footpath under the new rail was a half page photo on the front page of the daily advertiser 1977 or early 78?