Since late last year, myself and many others have followed the progress of the digitisation of the Hamilton Spectator, from the poll conducted by the Australian National Library and Inside History Magazine through to yesterday when we were able to read the first digitised issues of the Hamilton Spectator from 1870-1873. But we had an extra surprise when we discovered that not only was the Hamilton Spectator (1870-1873) digitised but also the Hamilton Spectator and Grange District Advertiser (1860-1870).
From a quick search, I have already found some treasures in the two papers. For example, an article about the opening of the Byaduk Wesleyan Church at which my ggg grandfather and Methodist local preacher, James Harman was present. Also an article about an inquest at Cavendish where another two ggg grandfathers Charles Hadden and James Mortimer were jurors. And in another article, a report of the opening of the Presbyterian Church at Casterton, built by yet another ggg grandfather William Diwell and his partner George Northcott.
The most precious pieces of Trove treasure from the two Specs have been the following articles from the Hamilton Spectator about an accident that ultimately claimed the life of William Diwell in 1871.
William was just forty-six when he died in the days after his accident. His wife, Margaret Turner, died in 1869 aged forty-five. Their early departures left a family of eight, the youngest just seven. It was interesting to read of William’s funeral and learn he was a Forester.
To track the Hamilton Spectator’s path to Trove glory, these are the posts I’ve written along the way.