“The West Australian” digital archive now available at for searching in the State Library

Newspaper House, home of The West Australian, 1957

Newspaper House, home of The West Australian, 1957

Interested in searching through back issues of The West Australian?   The West Australian Archive Digital Editions is now available for searching in the State Library.  This database covers all issues of the newspaper from July 2004 until yesterday.  It contains the same content, editorial and photographic material including the classifieds for birth, death and marriage notices, you’ll find in the printed version with the exception of The West Magazine and commercial inserts which are not included.  It can be searched using keywords and articles can be printed.

This database is available on computers within the State Library – you will need to register with the library to access and book library computers.

As of July 2014 State Library members can also access this database from home. Information on who is eligible for membership and how to join is found on our eresources at Home page.

You can find the database via our Electronic Resources e-Newspapers page or from its catalogue record.

Interested in earlier issues?  You can search digitised issues of The West Australian from late 1879 to 1954 on the Digitised newspapers and more section of TROVE.

The Australian Newspapers service [developed by the National library] allows access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. For further information about the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program (ANDP), view the public website at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp

If you need information from issues between 1955 and 2003 they are  available on microfilm (along with earlier and later editions that are also in the online services), you can view the microfilm at the State Library.

If you need help finding information from The West or if you are unable to visit the State Library to use the database or microfilm please contact the State Library’s information services

[Updated 19 October 2011, 2 July 2014]

 

53 thoughts on ““The West Australian” digital archive now available at for searching in the State Library

    • Hi Costa, sorry about the delay in responding, I’ve been on leave. 1999 issues are not yet available digitally – from 2004 issues are available in libraries that subscribe to “The West Australian Digital Archive”. Issues up to 1954 are freely available on the “Digitised Newspapers and More” (formerly “Austrlian Newspapers”)section of Trove. See: http://www.trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/title/30 Later issues (i.e. 1955-2003) are available on microfilm – you can visit a library that holds the microfilm (e.g. State Library of WA) or you may be able to request the microfilm on interlibrary loan – enquire at your local library.

    • Hi , I was wondering if it’s possible to get a copy of The West Australian , or even the front page headlines of the issue printed 14/9/1956?

      • Hi Rhonda, apologies for the delay in responding, I’ve been on leave. If you check out my response to Costa you will see that the issues between 1955 and June 2003 are only available on microfilm. You will need to visit the State Library of WA to see them and copy them yourself or you will need to request a copy on inter library loan through your local library. If you have further queries please use the Library’s Ask A Librarian service (linked from our homepage at http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au).

  1. I am doing a presentation for university in the UK and wanted aa esxtact of the edotion 22.3.1984 ‘ we are not discriminating against Britons’
    Is it possible to obtain a copy?
    thanks
    peter willows

  2. Hi Peter, Unfortunately, as you can see from my previous comment this issue isn’t digitsed. Also copyright law prevents us from just sending you a copy… you’ll need to arrange copy through your own library’s inter-library-loan or document delivery services. All the best with this!
    BusLib

  3. Hi,
    I wanted to obtain a copy of The West magazine on Saturday 22 Nov 2008. The West Aust archives does not have the West magazine. Do you know where I can get a copy?

    thanks.

    • Hi Mark, if you read back through the comments on this post you’ll see that “The West” is available online via Trove http://www.trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/title/30 up to and including 1954. Issues between 1955 and 2003 are available on microfilm from the State Library. Currently copyright prevents us from making these later issues available digitally.

  4. I would like to view the death notices of the West for the 4th,5th,6th and seventh April 2011

    How can I do this on the computor?

    • Hi Jan, currently you will need to come into the State Library to view these either online or in print. We are making many of our e-resources available to State Library members from home http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/find/e-resources , however this one is not yet available.
      If you are not in Western Australia you will need to speak to your local or State Library for assistance.

  5. I read an article recently say in the
    last 6 weeks to do with JOHN CLEESE in
    either the West or a supplement. I thought
    I kept a copy but now cant find it.
    Is it possible to find the article?

  6. Hi ,
    I need information and details of your paper’s report on the 20/07/1974 regarding a so called pirate Black Jack Anderson in the Albany area in the 19th Century,I am doing research for my book about this Character.
    kind regards
    Tommy Walter Druce.

    • Hi Tommy, thanks for your comment. We’re not the publishers of “The West Australian”! We’re the State Library of WA and we hold and preserve the copies for researchers such as yourself. As I’ve already mentioned “Issues between 1955 and 2003 are available on microfilm from the State Library. Currently copyright prevents us from making these later issues available digitally.” If you can’t get to the State Library of WA you could request either the microfilm on interlibrary loan or a copy of the article via your local library’s document delivery service. You may also wish to contact our information services for assistance: http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/find/services/information_services
      Good luck with your book – I’ve been to Black Jack Anderson’s hangout on Middle Island in the Recherche archipelago, it’s a wild and beautiful place!

  7. looking for news on Jerzy Tomiak in the year 1975 do not remember exact date.
    Hi was seaman Chef on polish cargo ship when he jump the ship and ask for asylum

  8. I am looking for death notices 8-13th march 2004 West Australian Newspaper, can anyone help me I live in Queensland.

    • Hi Greg, thanks for the query. You need to be a WA resident to be authorised to access our subscription to the digital version of the West Australian. Your best option is to request a copy of the pages via the document delivery service. Enquire at your local library or contact the State Library of Queensland http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/loans/docdel

  9. hello, where would i find any information ( if their was anything printed in the newspapers) about me fathers drowning on new years day 1972 at lake leschenaultia, near chidlow, thankyou.

    • Hi Anthony, sorry about not replying sooner, I’ve been on leave. As I’ve already mentioned issues [of “The West Australian”] between 1955 and 2003 are available on microfilm from the State Library. Currently copyright prevents us from making these later issues available digitally”. If you can’t visit the library to search “The West” or any other of our library resources please contact our information services – http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/find/services/information_services

  10. Hi am looking for an article on my Father John (Jacko) Hutchins, he was suppose to go to Singapore for the 1950s Commonwealth games for Boxing. He came off his Motor bike in North Fremantle. There was an articel in the paper of him in hopsital with my Mother Margaret Hutchins nee Nunn. Are you able to help me fins this information??

  11. Looking for death notice of Wayne Robert Hughes – born in Fremantle in 1953. Parents Lesley Mervin Hughes and Peggy Amelia Crouch.

  12. Hi Coral, if you are ever tracking your wider Hughes family, I can help.
    Lesley had brothers/sisters in Leonard, Herbert, Joyce and Lorna I believe.
    Their parents were David and Violet (nee Cook) and I can trace them back to 1799 in Wales. My mother is a Hughes

  13. Im looking for a photo of Kevin Sheedy & James Hird holding the Premiership Cup from the 1993 AFL Grand Final. Would this be available???

    • Sorry. Got confused. Looking for photo of Bomber Thompson & Kevin Sheedy holding 1993 Cup AND photo of Kevin Sheedy & James Hird holding 2000 Premiership Cup? How would I locate these? I’m sure they would have been in paper.

      • Hi Belinda, As previously mentioned, “Issues between 1955 and 2003 are available on microfilm from the State Library. Currently copyright prevents us from making these later issues available digitally.” If you can’t get to the State Library of WA you could request the microfilm on interlibrary loan. You may also wish to contact our information services for assistance with locating the particular photographs: http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/find/services/information_services If you want reprints of the photos or wish to use them in another publication you’ll need to contact The West, see: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/faq/

  14. how do i serch for articals with a name in them, looking for a car acident in the 80s with name robert stewart who lost a few fingers.. thanks

  15. Hi, I do believe your blog may be having web browser compatibility
    problems. Whenever I look at your website in Safari, it looks
    fine however when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
    some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up!

    Aside from that, wonderful site!

  16. With regards to the “copyright issues” relating to the 1955-2003 period, are attempts being made to try and resolve, or is this expected to take many years to try and overcome?
    I’m just trying to judge whether to wait and after an update on progress in this regard.

  17. I am in Sydney and wanting to find an article in the West Australian by Helen McNee on disability, somewhere between the years 1968 and 1990. Is it possible to search online? If not, can one do a electronic search at the Battye Library, rather than looking through all those issues?

  18. Cant find anything at all about two prisoners escaping from Albany prison in 1996 wich eneded in siege hostage in donnybrook I was one of them very strange

    • Thanks for the comment Paul, were you looking on the microfilm? If not, then it’s not quite so strange… Issues between 1955 and 2003 are available on microfilm (along with earlier and later editions that are also in the online services), you can view the microfilm at the State Library.
      The West Australian Archive Digital Editions database covers all issues of the newspaper from July 2004 until yesterday.
      If you need help finding information from The West or if you are unable to visit the State Library to use the database or microfilm please contact the State Library’s information services (http://slwa.wa.gov.au/find/services/information_services).

  19. Hi Buslib
    Can you tell me if and when the next set of the Western Australian Newspaper will be digitalised and what years it will cover.

    • Hi Mark,
      Thank you for your query. Under copyright law we do not have the right to digitise recent copies of The West ourselves. We purchase access to the West Australian Archive Digital Editions database (2004 to yesterday) and the coverage is selected by the publisher, if you wish you may contact them on WAN_Archive@smedia.com.au to see if they plan to expand their coverage.
      Historic issues of the paper (available on Trove) were digitised under the national Australian Newspapers Digitisation Programme (http://www.nla.gov.au/content/newspaper-digitisation-program) which covers “newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to the mid-1950s, when copyright applies”. As mentioned in the blog post the intervening years are available at the State Library on microfilm.
      If you need help finding information from The West or if you are unable to visit the State Library to use the database or microfilm please contact the State Library’s information services (http://slwa.wa.gov.au/find/services/information_services).
      Sorry this took a couple of days to respond to, I wasn’t at work yesterday.

  20. Looking for any published materials about polish seaman jerzy tomiak who ask for asylum in 1975 after jumping the ship .Hi stayed in WA for many years working as a cook / chef

  21. I am looking for information and photos of a bushfire I was at in chidlow in 1994 where I was on the front page of the west with a dieing firefighter can you please help me

  22. Why is it that all the text is jumbled up for the death notices and the page images can not be enlarged to a readable format?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s