As I write, it is seventeen hours and twenty-one minutes since Trove went offline to prepare for the launch of Trove 7 on Thursday 25 February. And yes, I’m already missing it. Not a day goes by when I don’t turn to Trove to find a photo, a parish map, information on events in Australian history or book details. But I’m reassured knowing in two days this wonderful free resource we are so lucky to have will be back new and improved.
Of course, the online newspapers are my favourite Trove feature especially little gems such as the following article my “Electronic Friend” from Trove sent on Friday. The article from The Ballarat Star of 18 July 1881 is about my ggg grandfather James Harman. At age fifty-one in 1881. James and his old horses, pulling a Lennon plough, were a great team, often winning local ploughing matches. James lived another thirty-five summers but I’m guessing not too many more summers passed after the article before James laid the horses to rest on his Byaduk property Mt Pleasant.
**Postscript – Since writing this post I’ve become aware of funding cuts to the National Library of Australia, the home of Trove. It would be terrible if it meant Trove’s digitisation program was restricted or worse, the introduction of a paywall. You can read more about the funding cuts here.