Sunday, September 28, 2008

Australian newspapers

The National Library of Australia has begun digitizing their old newspapers and making them available online - and there's nothing I like more than new online databases to explore! So far it's just their initial beta release, but I've struck gold already on the Wing front. If you are connected to the HOUNSLOW or MOORING families there's a very nice human interest story regarding the repayment of a debt in The Courier from Hobart in 1854 - searching for Wing plus Hounslow should bring it up.

The optical character recognition is a little dodgy at this stage. Promisingly, they have a "Help Fix This Text" feature, so I have fixed up the glitches in that Wing story.

I'll be keeping an eye on this to see what more Wing stories might come out of the woodwork as the project is rolled out. Check it out here.


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