The National Library of Australia has made available to the public a pilot search service for historic Australian newspaper articles. The Australian Newspapers Beta service allows access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. The newspapers available in the pilot site are the Canberra Tmes, Maitland Mercury, Sydney Gazette, Brisbane Courier, Courier Mail, The South Australian, Hobart Town Gazette, The Mercury, The Argus, The Perth Gazette.
Additionally, archival issues of the Sydney Morning Herald are currently being digitised by the National Library of Australia. Upon completion the years 1831-1954 will be digitised.
The beta site will be developed over the rest of the year. Feedback is welcome, and will contribute to the offical site due to be launched in 2009.