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The British Newspaper Archive is a new online resource available at any of the Shire’s libraries at Bermagui, Bega, Merimbula and Eden.

It’s really worth checking out as newspaper articles can supplement your family or local history research wonderfully. News articles give you a real feel of an historical event and what really happened – events in Australia did get reported in British newspapers. For example, in a 1936 issue of the Portsmouth Evening News there is the story of how firemen raced through the night from Sydney to Twofold Bay to put out a blaze on the Orient liner, Ormonde, which had pulled into Twofold Bay once the fire was discovered at sea.

You can search the digitised copies of hundreds of local and regional newspapers from across the United Kingdom and Ireland dating from 1710-1959. New pages are added every day.

The big plus for family history researchers is that you can search for birth, marriage and death notices in these historical newspapers as well as obituaries, notices of engagements, anniversaries, land sales and other family related announcements.

Newspapers provide a glimpse of major national and local events through the eyes of ordinary people in the community. Reports of significant events such as World War One give a sense of the impact of the event on your ancestor and the community they lived in. Newspapers are useful as a source of photographs as well.

Anyone can access The British Newspaper Archive while they are in one of the Shire libraries at Bermagui, Bega, Merimbula or Eden. There is a one-off registration process and library staff can help with that and with searching.

By registering you get access to a personal folder called My Research where you can save articles of interest or for follow-up.

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