To be continued: The Australian Newspaper Fiction Database contains over 21,000 novels, novellas and short stories published in Australian newspapers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Everyone is welcome to explore the fiction in this database, whether you are reading for pleasure or conducting research into an author or work, or the history of fiction publishing and reception in Australia.

How do I search the database?

The database offers two ways of searching.

Approach 1

  • At the top of the page type terms into the boxes to search by author, title, newspaper, or keyword, or use the drop down menus to define results by gender, nationality, length of story, start and end date, or to titles in the curated dataset
  • Click on the “search” button to see your results
  • Click on the “reset” button to start a new search (note, if you do not click on “reset” any new search terms will be added to existing ones)

Approach 2

  • Enter a term or terms into the boxes above the lists of results and press enter. You can also use this approach to further refine the results generated through the first approach
  • To begin another search simply delete the words you have entered

Go to the database to begin searching.

How do I use the database to read a story published in an Australian newspaper?

Go to the database to read a story.

What can this collection of fiction in Australian newspapers help us to understand about the history of Australian literature and of literature in Australia?

You can read about some of the discoveries for Australian literature enabled by this collection of fiction on Trove’s blog; or you an click on these links for discussions of the project on Radio National’s The Hub on Books or PM programs, or read access articles from the Sydney Morning Herald or the Canberra Times.

You can also access preprints or published versions (depending on copyright) of some of the academic articles and books that have been written on the basis of the fiction in this database via the following links:

Katherine Bode. ‘Fictional Systems: Mass-Digitisation, Network Analysis, and Nineteenth-Century Australian Newspapers,’ Victorian Periodicals Review 50.1 (2017): 100-38. [preprint]

Katherine Bode. ‘The Equivalence of “Close” and “Distant” Reading; Or, Toward a New Object for Data-Rich Literary History.’ Modern Language Quarterly 78.1 (2017) [preprint]

Katherine Bode. ‘From Adelaide to Genoa: Locating Catherine Martin’s Lost Fiction,’ in “How I Pawned My Opals” and Other Lost Fiction by Catherine Martin (Ed. Katherine Bode. Canberra: Orbiter Press, 2017). [preprint]

Katherine Bode. ‘Thousands of Titles Without Authors: Digitized Newspapers, Serial Fiction, and the Challenges of Anonymity,’ Book History 18 (2016): 284-316. [preprint]

Katherine Bode and Carol Hetherington. ‘Retrieving a World of Fiction: Building an Index, and Full-text Archive, of Serialised Novels in Australian Newspapers,’ with Carol Hetherington in Script & Print 38.4 (2014): 197–211[here]

Go to the database to make your own discoveries about the history of Australian literature and literature in Australia.