I must confess to a little frustration at the lack of movement in the Geelong Advertiser being loaded into TROVE after the initial couple of updates. I did ask a couple of questions recently – whether there was any connection between the questions and the recent flurry of updates I honestly can’t say – I’m just VERY grateful that a lot more has been added!
That said, I was then rather confused at the date range of updates and what was really there when you looked at the detail. I’m sure others may also be confused so I’ve been doing a bit of work identifying what’s really there and what’s only partially there.
The papers that are currently being scanned and added to TROVE are:
When you follow the above links you can see each date for each month for each title which “appears” in TROVE. It is not until you click on a specific date that you either see the first page for that date or you are presented with a message that says “This item is part way through the digitisation process. It will be available when this page passes the final quality control check. This is likely to be within the next 1-28 days.”
If you search for an entry in any of the three titles for the Geelong Advertiser, some entries will include the phrase “[coming soon]”. Click on the “[coming soon]” link and you will be presented with the same message as above.
The following table shows the status of the Geelong Advertiser planned for this digitisation group as at Saturday 3 November 2012. It shows the date ranges that are fully online and those in the [coming soon] category as not yet fully online. I will try to update it when I become aware of more dates being completed.
|Year||Date from||Date to||Title||Issues Online||Not yet online|
|1845||Wed 28 May||Sat 28 Jun||Geelong Advertiser and Squatters’ Advocate [1845-1847]||10|
|1845||Wed 2 Jul||Wed 31 Dec||Geelong Advertiser and Squatters’ Advocate [1845-1847]||42|
|1846||Sat 3 Jan||Wed 30 Dec||Geelong Advertiser and Squatters’ Advocate [1845-1847]||100|
|1847||Sat 2 Jan||Tue 26 Oct||Geelong Advertiser and Squatters’ Advocate [1845-1847]||76|
|1847||Fri 29 Oct||Tue 28 Dec||Geelong Advertiser [1847-1851]||18|
|1848||Tue 4 Jan||Sat 30 Dec||Geelong Advertiser [1847-1851]||127|
|1849||? Jan||? Mar||Geelong Advertiser [1847-1851]||?|
|1849||Tue 3 Apr||Sat 29 Dec||Geelong Advertiser [1847-1851]||134|
|1850||Tue 1 Jan||Fri 30 Aug||Geelong Advertiser [1847-1851]||199|
|1850||Mon 2 Sep||Mon 30 Dec||Geelong Advertiser [1847-1851]||94|
|1851||Wed 1 Jan||Fri 31 Oct||Geelong Advertiser [1847-1851]||247|
|1851||Sat 1 Nov||Sat 20 Dec||Geelong Advertiser [1847-1851]||42|
|1851||Mon 22 Dec||Wed 31 Dec||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||8|
|1852||Thu 1 Jan||Fri 31 Dec||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||303|
|1853||Sat 1 Jan||Thu 28 Jul||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||178|
|1853||Mon 1 Aug||Sat 31 Dec||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||129|
|1854||Wed 4 Jan||Tue 28 Feb||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||48|
|1854||Wed 1 Mar||Thu 31 Aug||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||156|
|1854||Fri 1 Sep||Sat 30 Dec||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||103|
|1855||Mon 1 Jan||Mon 30 Apr||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||103|
|1855||Tue 1 May||Mon 31 Dec||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||209|
|1856||Tue 1 Jan||Sat 9 Aug||Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer [1851-1856]||187|
An important thing to keep in mind – there are random dates that have not been digitised at this stage due to missing issues. Some are odd dates and others are for a range of dates such as Jan-Mar in 1849 – it is hoped that missing issues will be located and added at a later stage.
In the meantime, enjoy searching the 913 issues of the Addy that are already fully digitised and searchable. And remember that if you’re totally desperate and find a reference during a search that is not yet available online, the Addy is available on microfilm at various locations including the National Library of Australia, State Library of Victoria, Geelong Heritage Centre, Deakin University Waterfront.