Monday, August 9, 2010 Australian treasures

On the hunt for information about the life of a Northern Territory bull rider, I came across a great web search service offered by the National Library of Australia. With direct access to its wealth of archives, Trove searches hundreds of thousands of records that regular search engines won't find.
It's well worth a look if you're searching in the fields of literature, social sciences, local or family history, or anything really that involves noteworthy Australians. It'll produce results in formats such as newspaper articles, descriptions of people, books relating to them, pictures, biographies, music, oral histories, manuscripts and maps.
Trove even says it can help students with school assignments. There you go kids, straight to the top of the class.
Browsing through various authors, I was directed to a local website that sources out of print and collectible Australian books, which can be tricky to find on the big international sites. If you're after something elusive, check out BibliOz.
And yes, I found my bull rider, pictured above (courtesy of the Northern Territory Library) at the Brunette ABC Race Meeting and bull sale in 1953. I bet he has a million stories to tell...

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