What was Australia’s climate like before official weather records began in the early 1900s? How did the climate impact the lives of people living in the 1800s? The answers to these questions lie deep in historical records, such as old weather journals, early newspapers, photographs, and colonial paintings. And thanks to some very dedicated early-settlers, … Continue reading Help piece together Australia’s longest daily weather record
SEARCH project PhD student Claire Fenby has been awarded a National Library of Australia Summer Scholarship for 2011. Claire is the recipient of the annual Norman McCann scholarship, awarded for research into Australian History. She will be based at the NLA from 4 January to 12 February 2011 to conduct a cross-regional study of south-eastern … Continue reading SEARCH PhD student awarded NLA Summer Scholarship
With south-eastern Australia in the midst of wet La Niña conditions and Victoria suffering locust plagues, a team of SEARCH project volunteers has discovered early settlers battled many of the same extremes. This heavy rainfall has created perfect conditions for insects such as the locusts that are currently swarming in south-eastern Australia. Australia's early settlers … Continue reading Volunteers dig up tales of wild weather and insect plagues
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A team of volunteers at the State Library of New South Wales has been hard at work sourcing valuable information about climate conditions in the early years of the colony at Sydney. The volunteers have been examining editions of Australia's first newspaper, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, looking for information about weather … Continue reading SEARCH volunteers unearth vital climate data
The SEARCH project will draw on the expertise of volunteers to build a comprehensive online database of early Australian meteorological records and historical accounts of weather events. Volunteers will work out of our partner libraries, The State Library of Victoria, The State Library of New South Wales and the National Library of Australia to help … Continue reading Citizen scientists help create digital record of our climate past
The months of January and February have marked the first of a number of research trips to come during my PhD. I have spent four weeks in Canberra working with our project partner, the National Library of Australia. adobe creative cloud . The library treated me to the privileges enjoyed by the NLA's 2010 summer … Continue reading Claire Fenby’s NLA research trip report