troveUPDATE: Following extensive campaigning, Trove received a commitment of $16.4 million in Dec 2016.

In case you missed it: The Australian federal government is significantly cutting funding to the National Library of Australia. One of the services that will be most detrimentally impacted is Trove, which will no longer be able to aggregate content from museums and universities unless fully funded to do so.

This proposed move has resulted in a groundswell of support and outrage from the Australian community (see #fundTROVE)

If you would like to express your concerns beyond Twitter, please feel free to adapt the template letter below and send it to your local member, your state/territory senator and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield.

This letter was drafted by the Cate O’Neill, Nicola Laurent and myself at the request of Gavan McCarthy.

Your name
123 Address St
St Kilda East, VIC 3183
Phone no

24 February 2016

Local Member
Member for xxxx
74 Address Blvd
St Kilda, VIC 3182

Dear [Local Member],

I am calling on you to reject the proposed funding cuts to the National Library of Australia, to stop the detrimental impact it will have on Trove, the NLA’s world leading knowledge repository.

Trove has revolutionised the way we locate vital historical resources about Australia and Australians. Since it was launched in 2009, it has become firmly established as an indispensable tool for all levels of the Australian community.

Trove not only creates pathways to the treasures within the NLA’s collection, but it also connects people to the wealth of resources held in the distributed national collections in various local and state cultural institutions.

The proposal to cease the aggregation of content into Trove from museums and universities (unless fully funded to do so) will severely, and detrimentally, impact Trove, leading to stagnation.

It is the continual inputs from and collaboration with Trove’s content partners that make it the world-leading resource it is today. The decisions to cease aggregating content is entirely at odds with the purpose of Trove, as a gateway to aggregated content it is meaningless without regular updates.

Trove has had tremendous success through crowdsourcing, using volunteers to transcribe historical newspaper articles, creating its own community, and making content more accessible. The community outcry to the proposed cuts demonstrates just how Trove belongs to all of us. As university researchers a world without Trove is unimaginable to the way we now work and disseminate our research. The #fundTrove hashtag on Twitter demonstrates the groundswell of support and provides numerous examples of how Trove is used by a huge cross section of the Australian community to learn more about the past and explore who we are.

We are requesting your help, as a matter of urgency, to halt the proposed cuts to the NLA, and to restore adequate funding levels to meet community need.


Your name

For your convenience, here are the mailing addresses of Communications Minister Mitch Fifield:

At his electorate office:

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
42 Florence Street

At his Parliament House office in Canberra:

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Parliament House

6 thoughts on “#FundTROVE

  1. Trove is used by hundreds of historians and family historians. Funding cuts will impact on us in regional areas where our access to physical facilties is severely limited. When I think of the money being wasted on the latest “toy” for the Air Force – the Joint Strike Fighter prototype (AABC FM) I can only think “they know the ctst of everything and the value of nothing”

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  3. My letter to Jason Wood, Member for Latrobe, via Facebook Messenger:

    10:28AM 21 MARCH 2016

    Jason, you have many family historians in your electorate, mainly older people who find great satisfaction and energy from the many activities associated with researching their family history. A major part of this research is provided by the outstanding TROVE application of the National Library of Australia. It enables us not only to find out wonderful (and not so wonderful) stories about our family’s past but also about our communities. We all value this great service and, in fact, brag about it to our overseas friends and relatives. It is now threatened with budget cuts and/or privatisation. Anyone with any knowledge of older people knows that their wellbeing is greatly enhanced by participation in interesting and rewarding activities. To limit Trove or limit people’s access to Trove would be a backward step. Please do what you can to ensure it continues its fine service that underpins so much in our community. Worth its weight in gold just by limited pathways to dementia, if nothing else. Regards, Kath McKay, Upwey.

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  4. Do not take away trove it’s a god send for use normal people who cannot get into the city to research due to health it’s a wonderful resource I implore you to reconsider your choices and keep it going making it stronger thanks


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