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NLA digitises early Chinese newspapers to mark Lunar New Year

Three of the earliest known Chinese-Australian newspapers have been digitised by the National Library of Australia (NLA) and made available via Trove to mark the Lunar New Year, reports PSnewsonline.

The papers are: the Chinese Australian Herald (Guang yi hua bao), 1894-1923; Chinese Times (Meilibin bu ai guo bao), 1902-1922 and the Chinese Advertiser (1856), which later became the first bilingual newspaper, the English and Chinese Advertiser (1856-1958).

The project is a collaboration between the Ballarat Library in Victoria, the Sovereign Hill Museum, the State Library of Victoria and the State Library of NSW.

NLA director-general Anne-Marie Schwirtlich said the newspapers were ‘a rich resource for researchers interested in the history of Chinese migration to Australia’.

The three Chinese newspapers bring the Trove tally of digitised newspapers to nearly 16 million pages from 843 newspapers.



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