It’s been a long time since copies of The Biz have been available – not since 1972 in fact – but thanks to funding from the Library Council, Fairfield City Council and our neighbouring western Sydney councils, digitised copies are now available via Trove. Published between 1917 and 1972, and sold to Cumberland Newspapers in 1958, The Biz was a forerunner of the Fairfield Advance.
Also being digitised as part of the project is The Cumberland Argus (or to give it it’s full title The Cumberland Argus And Fruit Growers Advocate!). Published between 1887 and 1962, The Cumberland Argus had a readership that stretched from north-west to south-west Sydney. Currently issues from 1888 to 1919 are available on Trove.
Trove is an initiative of the National Library of Australia that allows users to search across a range of Australian collections containing more than 90 million items all at once. It includes an ever-growing collection of digitised resources including newspapers, journals, diaries, maps, music and images. Users can sign up to add tags, comments and correct data.
Microfilm copies of both The Biz and The Cumberland Argus are available to access in the Local Studies collection at the Whitlam Library or for a more hands on experience you can visit the actual printing press from The Biz at the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery.