(Australia) National Library of Australia, Nat'l Lib of Israel to Digitize 10 Years of Australian Jewish News #israel #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen



An initiative between the Australian Jewish Historical Society, National Library of Australia and the National Library of Israel will open 180 years of Australian Jewish Newspapers from across the continent. It will include more than 200,000 pages.

The collection will be accessible worldwide through Australia’s free online research portal Trove (https://trove.nla.gov.au/) and  the Historical Jewish Press Project (https://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/default.aspx).


Jews have been in Australia since 1788 and their history is not well known. The newspapers represent a rich source of contemporary history and to provide access to the information for historians, genealogists and interested members of the public.


The history of the Jewish press in Australia goes back to 1842, when, despite the very small Jewish population, a local edition of the London-based Voice of Jacob (what would later become The Jewish Chronicle) was published in Sydney. All issues of the Australian Jewish News will be digitized, as will all other Australian Jewish newspapers published up to the copyright date of 1954.


“With a history that extends over 125 years, the Australian Jewish News has been an important part of not only the Jewish community but also the wider Australian community," Polaris Media CEO David Redman explained. "Polaris Media, as the publisher of The Australian Jewish News


Most of the publications were in English, though also some were in Yiddish and Hebrew.


To read more see: https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/national-library-of-israel-to-digitize-180-years-of-australian-jewish-news-645562


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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