Pop the lid on the bottled beer scare of 1880, when multiple allegations of poisoned beer generated community alarm and caused ale sales to plummet.
Old newspapers contain extraordinary insights into our history, and the Library digitises and makes available thousands of Victorian newspaper articles each year on Trove, the National Library of Australia's digital resource hub.
The digitisation process generates 'Electronically Translated Text' for each article, making every word searchable. Some automated text translations contain errors, however, and crucial details can't be found by searching. Fixing these translation errors provides access to key information that may otherwise be almost impossible to find.
We're running regular correction campaigns to fix articles on different aspects of Victorian history – and we'd like you to get involved!
It's easy to do, just choose a topic from our campaigns below and follow our simple instructions.
Whether you correct a line, a paragraph or an entire article, your contribution will bring to light the fascinating stories that make up Victoria's rich history for everyone.
If you can’t see any current campaigns on this page it means they've already been fixed! But do come back at the end of each month, when we publish new Vicfix campaigns for you to correct. And in the meantime, take a look at some of the fascinating articles in our completed campaigns.
We've been busy digitising our collections since 1993, including WWI-era newspapers, historic papers, maps and photographs. Find out more about our digitisation projects and newspaper resources.
We collect a huge range of newspapers, from historic to current, newsprint to microfilm.
Ever wondered how we digitise newspapers? Read our blog to see how it's done.
Hear from Library photographers Sarah and Ross as they share insights into the digitisation process.
Read about the project that digitised 216 WWI-era Victorian community newspapers.
Browse our range of newspaper eresources, with links to 200 years of historical content from Australia and around the world.