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Tribune negatives project

Things related to my work as a 'Digital Drop In' at the State Library of NSW's DXLab

The Tribune was a newspaper published by the Communist Party of Australia. The State Library of NSW holds more than 60,000 negatives and photos from the Tribune which document a wide range of political events and social issues from 1964 to 1991.

Here's the top-level record for the Tribune collection. I think I'll be working with Series 1-4 which contain the negatives. While many of the negatives have been digitised, only a selection are currently available online. Here's some examples:

To find all the digitised items you can go to the Advanced Search page, search for title keywords "Tribune negatives", and check the "digital content" box.

For convenience I've created a list of items with digitised images available.


As a first step, I've been working at getting metadata relating to the Tribune collection out of the catalogue and into a form I can do something with.

Here's a CSV-formatted list of all the series in the Tribune collection.

In this folder you'll also find CSV-formatted lists of all items in series 1 - 4. For example, here's the items in Series 1 Part 1.

Word frequencies

I've started some preliminary playing around with the frequencies of words and phrases in item titles.

Related resources

As well as exploring the negatives, I'm going to see what connections can be made to other collections.

Trove includes the Sydney Tribune from 1939 to 1954 and issues for the next two decades are in the process of being added. This means there'll be a nice overlap to explore between the negatives and the newspapers.

I've fired up my TroveHarvester and grabbed details of the 28,493 post 1954 articles currently listed on Trove. Note that a lot of these are 'Coming soon' -- so you can't actually get to the articles. But articles from 1965 and 1966 are fully available online. You can grab a CSV file with all the harvested articles here.

A number of the protests and rallies documented by the Tribune were also the subject of ASIO surveillance. I've previously harvested details of publicly-available ASIO files from the National Archives of Australia. It'll be interesting to compare perspectives...