From the Sydney Morning Herald:
A literary treasure trove of 21,000 novels, novellas and short stories has been discovered in an archive of Australian historical newspapers.
Most of these works were never catalogued or turned into books and had been lost to posterity. Mass digitisation of Australian historical newspapers by the National Library of Australia’s Trove database made it possible for the first time to access the archives.
The resulting online database, To Be Continued: The Australian Newspaper Fiction Database, gave important new insights into the development of Australian literary, publishing and reading culture, including what early Australians read and how it was published and understood, Dr Bode said.
Due to the sheer volume of entries, however, only a fraction had been read and [Associate Professor ] Dr [Katherine] Bode [Australian National University] is calling on the public to get involved.
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