For nearly two centuries the breadth of Australian Jewish Life has been documented in a succession of news publications. These newspapers have provided a priceless insight into, and reflection of the continuous change in the Australian Jewish experience.
Here, in addition to the publications found the National Library’s broad bibliographic database, Trove, are publications otherwise unavailable, such as: Australian Israelite 1871-1875, Australasian Hebrew 1895-1896, Australian Jewish Chronicle 1922-1930, and Australian Jewish Herald 1921-1968.
The Society’s collection offers news and editorial copy, and other content including birth notices and advertisements from publications dating back to 1841.
In 2004, Denes gave the historic records, including photographs, negatives and proof sheets which chronicled the Jewish community to the Australian Jewish Historical Society, so that they would be preserved for future generations.
An ongoing project of the Archive and the Society is to compile a comprehensive listing of Australian Jewish newspapers, their availability and the format in which they are held.
Users are welcome to contribute to the accuracy and utility of the Society’s archives and databases by providing corrections and/or additional information.
Percy Joseph Marks (1867-1941) was a leading light in Sydney’s Jewish community, and one of Australian Judaism’s great historians. He became a noted solicitor and active member of Sydney’s Jewish community sitting on many committees. He was a regular contributor to publications such as the Australian Hebrew Times and the Hebrew Standard.
Studying the history of Australia’s Jewish community was one of his lifelong passions. In 1938 Marks was a founding member of the Australian Jewish Historical Society and was its inaugural president until his death on 23 June 1941.
In 1913, Percy read the following piece on the history of Jewish newspapers in Australia before the Jewish Literary and Debating Society of Sydney of which he was a founding member. http://www.ajhs.com.au/media/
Solomon Stedman (1893-1979) was born a Russian Jew in Siberia and came to Australia in 1913. His overarching interest became the history of the Jewish people and the history of Russia. He wrote chiefly of these themes in his long career. Fifty years after Percy Marks, Solomon, felt it was time to add to the story of the Jewish newspapers in Australia.
For those interested in successive writings on the Australian Jewish press, Suzanne Rutland’s Seventy Five Years – The History of a Jewish Newspaper was published by the Society in 1970. In the words of Rabbi Israel Porush, then president of the Society “In the case of this monograph, my pleasure is enhanced by two facts: firstly, that the author is a young historian publishing the first fruits of her studies-and a fine effort it is; and secondly, that this study represents a complete product relating to an interesting aspect in the cultural development of Sydney Jewry.” All 70 pages of this work are now available online.