About Illustrated London News 1842-2003

Access to the fully digitised and searchable copy of the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper from 1842 to 2003.

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Key features

In the days before electronic media and popular travel, The Illustrated London News offered a view of the world that most of its readers could only imagine. This iconic newspaper offers contemporary reports on such things as:

  • The French Revolution;
  • The Titanic Disaster;
  • The 1888 Maori Rugby Tour with an illustration of the Haka;
  • "Jack the Ripper" investigations;
  • Reports and illustrations of Australia’s most famous bushranger Ned Kelly;
  • Photographs of the Tutankhamen find;
  • The two World Wars;
  • Accession of King George VI and Abdication of King Edward VIII;
  • Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

This resource includes over 260,000 pages, including specials and full colour imaging of every page. You can search every word of the complete text, browse individual issues, save articles and pages in the marked list; bookmark, email and print results.

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Over the years the publication played host to distinguished contributors including Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, and Agatha Christie. Researchers in social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising, graphic design and politics, as well as those interested in genealogy will love this resource.

You can also search this resource through Gale Primary Sources which allows you to simultaneously search several other historical newspapers at the same time including British Library Newspapers.

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