The National Library of Australia has a site aptly named "Trove". If you're looking for clues in Australia, it really is a treasure trove. Among other things, they have scans of all sorts of Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1954.
Over the weekend, while looking for a third cousin of mine, I happened upon somebody famous with the same name, and, as it turned out, I only needed to add his parents to connect him to somebody I had already entered as part of the family tree of Sir Benjamin Slade (he who is looking for somebody to whom to bequeath ye olde ancestral manor)1.
So I added Walter (the famous one -- not my cousin -- still looking for him), but then the question naturally arose of what happened to him after he moved to Melbourne and joined the stock market there. My search turned up a hit on the trove site, and then I found out all kinds of stuff. (Not all pleasant, but that's research for you.)
I particularly like the implicit deal with using the site: there's no paywall (as I have seen on other newspaper archive sites), but there is the option of correcting the text as transcribed by OCR software. Since the text needed to be corrected to be useful as a source anyway, I didn't mind putting in a few minutes to do that, in return for access to the information. Win-win.
- Nope. I have no connection to Sir Ben, or any of his ancestors. (Or at least none that I've found so far.) But I had pretty much hit a brick wall in getting any farther back than my great-great-great grandfather, and I thought it might be easier to start way back and work forward. No such luck.