Pages in time: Tweed area librarian Jo-anne Carmody with the Microfilm Reader. Photo: Blainey Woodham D125868c
Pages in time: Tweed area librarian Jo-anne Carmody with the Microfilm Reader. Photo: Blainey Woodham D125868c

Enjoy the news of yesteryear on microfilm

ONE-hundred-and-twenty years of Tweed Daily News pages will be available to the public again from next week.

The Murwillumbah Library’s microfilm reader, which archives newspapers, will be fixed next week, Tweed area librarian Jo-anne Carmody said.

“After many months of searching for a broken part we finally sourced the missing link in China,” Ms Carmody said.

She thanked the area’s local and family historians for their patience.

“The microfilm reader is a valuable resource providing access to local newspapers as far back as November 5, 1890 in the Tweed and Brunswick Advocate (which is now the Tweed Daily News), giving access to 120 years worth for local, state and world events reported during that time,” Ms carmody said.

“The most recent microfilm is the Daily News, February 2010.”

Ms Carmody said a Queensland Maritime Strike made the front page in November 1890.

“The strike was defeated when the marine officers returned to work on the employers terms in November 1890, with Illawarra coal miners being the last workers to return to work in January 1891,” she said.

“The defeat of the Maritime Strike in 1890 and the 1891 Australian shearers’ strike, laid the framework for the Australian Labor movement entry into parliamentary politics.

While local news referred to the Engineer in Chief for harbours and rivers report on the planned improvement to the entrance to the Brunswick River, Ms Carmody said.

“The proposed work to be carried out was the construction of short break water between North Head and the half tide rock.

“One of the more interesting advertisements was for the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Murwillumbah.

“It said: ‘Proprietor W Kelly, Jun., Desires to intimate to travellers and the public generally that he has considerably enlarged the above establishment and as a first class family hotel it has few equals in the northern districts. He trusts by attention to business, combined with civility and moderate charges, to merit a share of public support. First class stabling, the best fodder and a good paddock as well as a first class billiard room and bath house are also available’.”

The Microfilm Reader is available for use during library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 6pm, Thursday 9.30am to 7.30pm and Saturday 9am to 3.30pm.

To book use of the microfilm reader please phone (02) 6670 2427.



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