Is Help Possible through our Family History/Genealogy Department ?
"Trove" is an online archive that provides access to a huge range of archives free to all Australians. It is the memory house for the nation and imperative for researchers, genealogists, family historians and students. It receives 20 million hits a year and is a vital part of Australian heritage.
The Australian National Library is threatening to pull the plug on Trove, its free online service, that provides public access to collections from Australian libraries, universities, museums, galleries and archives.
In its recent Trove Strategy, the library has indicated that without additional government support, it will shut the service down by July next year: ‘The future of Trove beyond July 2023 will be dependent upon available funds […] In a limited funding environment, Trove may reduce to a service focused on the National Library of Australia’s collections. Without any additional funds, the Library will need to cease offering the Trove service entirely.’ see the link:
I know how much the world-wide Church members, with any ties to Australian families, use and rely on the FREE access to the Trove historical archives.
Tasmania has an older, but growing, population and as an Island, is somewhat isolated from the larger resource depositories located on the Australian mainland. To lose on-line access would be a great hardship for them, and for the huge world-wide membership as a whole.
Please forward this information to the applicable Church Department for consideration/action to see if this issue can be resolved through liaison with the relevant Australian National Library authorities. Much was accomplished when the Church and local Australian record depositories collaborated in producing the 1997 Australian Vital Records Index project.
Hoping this will receive priority attention, as July 2023 is not far off.