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Trove Digitised Newspapers  offers free access to the full text of 605+ Australian newspaper titles dating from 1803 to 1954 (some later).
The main state title is listed and the numbers in brackets are the number of titles available for that state.
• ACT (5) - Canberra Times (1926-1995)
• National (2) - Australian Women’s Weekly (1932-1984)
• NSW (217) - Sydney Morning Herald (1842-1954)
• NT (8) - Northern Territory Times (1873-1932)
• Qld (44) - Courier-Mail (1933-1954)
• SA (43) - The Advertiser (1889-1954)
• Tas (27) - Mercury (1860-1954)
• Vic (231) - Argus (1848-1957)
• WA (28) - West Australian (1879-1954)
New titles are being added as they become available including lots of country titles.  Updated

Sydney Morning Herald Archives with 820,000 pages from 13,000 issues 1st January 1955 to February 1995. The contents of all issues of the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald are fully text searchable including advertisements, captions and birth, death and marriage notices. Full-text results are returned in an exact digital reproduction of the printed pages as they were originally published. Use the SMH archives in conjunction with the Ryerson Index to locate death notices. A variety of subscription options are available. 
Note: This archive can be accessed for free from home using eResources. Libraries that currently have this archive as an eResource are the State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, State Library of South Australia and State Library of Western Australia. All you need is to do is apply online for a library card from your state library. 

Australian Periodical Publications (1840-1845). This site, by the National Library of Australia, provides access to digital copies of Australian serials. Currently over 70 titles are available.

Victoria Government Gazette Online Archive 1836-1997. This fully searchable site contains digitised images of the New South Wales Government Gazette (1836-1851), Port Phillip Government Gazette (1843-1851) and Victoria Government Gazette (1851-1997).    

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. This site offers access to Online Collections which include the Koori Mail (1991-2011), Dawn and New Dawn magazines (1952-1975). 

Infokoori. An index to the Koori Mail from May 1991 plus an index to biographical information from Our Aim (1907-1961), Dawn (1952-1969), New Dawn (1970-1975) and Identity (1971-1982). Digitised copies of the Koori Mail (1991-2011), Dawn and New Dawn magazines (1952-1975) are available on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies site above.

Newspaper Indexes
The Ryerson Index is an index to death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers. It also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. This ongoing project currently contains over 4+ million entries from 222 newspapers including the Adelaide Advertiser (2001-), Brisbane Courier Mail (2000-), Canberra Times (2003-), Hobart Mercury (2008-), Melbourne The Age (1998-), Melbourne Herald Sun (2003-), Northern Territory News (2009-), Sydney Morning Herald (1831-), Sydney Mail (1860-1889) and Sydney Daily Telegraph (1936-) plus numerous country newspapers . Updated

NewsClassifieds.com.au Use this online classifieds site to search for current death and funeral notices. There is also notices for births and birthdays plus engagements and marriages listed under Community. Search by state or Australia wide. Updated

Fairfax Newspapers offers access to Notices (births, deaths, funerals, in memoriams, engagements and marriages) for one week. Includes the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong), the Newcastle Herald & Post and community newspapers (Sydney).

News Store offers searches of Fairfax publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong), Central Coast Herald (Gosford/Wyong) and the Newcastle Herald from 1990 to today. It is free to search and view the full text of an article. Updated

Old News Copy offers indexes to random years of 55+ Victorian newspapers from 1840s onwards. A search returns name, year, area and publication. Copies of relevant pages are available for a small fee.

Infoquick is a selective index to the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald, Good Weekend, Eastern Herald and Northern Herald from January 1988 to June 2005.

LINC Tasmania  online indexes include:
• The Tasmanian Index 1966-1994 to articles in the three metropolitan Tasmanian newspapers: the Mercury, the Examiner and the Advocate, and to many other Tasmanian journals and regional newspapers. Most articles are indexed, but there are some exclusions (including routine sport reports and results, and reports of court proceedings)
• The Tasmanian Index 1994+
• Wayn Index to Tasmanian Government records and colonial newspapers
• Whitfeld Index (Tasmanian Section). A selective personal name index for 19th century Tasmania compiled by Mary Lavinia Whitfeld from Tasmanian newspapers of the colonial period

State Library of Victoria, Australiana Index offers online searches of biographical and local history references from newspapers, journals, books and in-house files.

Sydney Morning Herald In Memoriam Indexes by Ken Campbell are searchable by surname.

© Cora Num 1997-2013. Last updated 19 November 2013