The National Library is committed to preserving Australia's most loved magazines - The Australian Women's Weekly by digitizing the iconic magazine from its first issue on 10th June 1933 to when it changed into a monthly, on 15 December 1982, so it will be available online for future generations to enjoy.
Working together with the Women's Weekly's publisher, Australian Consolidated Press and the State Library of New South Wales, the National Library has called for the public's help to find some missing issues to fill in gaps in the magazine's library collection.
Director-General of the National Library, Jan Fullerton, said the digitization process combined cutting-edge technology with a 76-year-old Aussie icon.
'The Women's Weekly has a special place in the heart of most Australians,' she said. 'And following on from the success of our newspaper digitization campaign, we are pleased to be working towards making the Women's Weekly available online too.'
Former Editor (1999-2009) and now Consulting Editor at The Australian Women's Weekly, Deborah Thomas encouraged the public to respond to the call to support the digitization project.
'As this country's leading collecting institution, the National Library is the ideal home for every issue of The Australian Women's Weekly,' she said. 'I encourage everyone to have a search at home to see if they have a copy of one of the magazines on the 'missing' list they could donate to the Library to help preserve Australia's social history and play an important role in this special project.'
Readers who wish to contribute to the project may visit http://www.nla.gov.au/digicoll/aww for the list of the "missing" copies of the Women's Weekly.