It is definitely an early Christmas present – our heartfelt thanks to the National Library of Australia and the State Library of Victoria. This is what we were promised initially:
And they’ve added a bonus!
As reported in the recent blog, there were lots of very large gaps for the digitised images. There were 913 issues digitised and online with 1,600 still to come.
I haven’t had time to check them all yet but I have checked up to Wed 31 Dec 1851 and so far all have digitised images. BUT it appears that we might have ALL of them up to 9 Aug 1856 searchable and digitised!
We know there are still some missing individual issues that we hope will be tracked down and included but apart from those, we can now search and view the Geelong Advertiser [under its various titles] from the FIRST issue 21 November 1840 through to 9 August 1856. That’s 2,844 issues online!