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The National Library of Australia has a vast repository of digitised newspapers, which you can explore by using its free search service, Trove. The following is a list of early newspaper reports on the bombing of Darwin.

Headline
Newspaper
State
Article

Thursday 19 Feb 1942

Stop press; Darwin bombing

Barrier Miner

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48379632

Friday 20 Feb 1942

Japanese strike first vicious blow at Australia

The Mercury

(TAS)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25888840

Fragmentary message

Cairns Post

(QLD)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article42332864

First advice

Cairns Post

(QLD)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article42332867

Attacks by 93 planes: 4 shot down

The Argus

(VIC)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8233704

Darwin bombed, two Japanese raids

The West Australian

(WA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47181807

9 Women among the dead; hospital bombed

Barrier Miner

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48370138

72 planes in first attack: 4 raiders shot down

The Advertiser

(SA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48745280

It has happened here

The Advertiser

(SA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48745401

93 enemy planes in first swoop: 4 brought down

The Courier-Mail

(QLD)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50126765

Darwin. Bombed by Japanese

The Courier-Mail

(QLD)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50126861

Large bomber forces in two raids

The Canberra Times

(ACT)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2562472

Considerable damage caused in raids on Darwin

Advocate

(TAS)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article68754845

Forgotten outposts

The Mercury

(TAS)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25888943

The war comes to Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25888943

War review for Parliament

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788878

Views of Darwin, target for Japanese Bombers

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788914

Two big air raids on Darwin

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788791

Saturday 21 Feb 1942

Post office services interrupted

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788986

No vital damage to R.A.A.F. Establishments

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788984

Prospects of invasion seen in Britain

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788983

Eye-witness tells of Darwin raid?

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788982

Harbour scene and modern buildings in Darwin

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788964

Fighting on: 19 killed at Darwin

The Mercury

(TAS)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25926470

Few women left, evacuation nearly complete

The Mercury

(TAS)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25926455

Home news

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788938

Stop press! Darwin raids

Cairns Post

(QLD)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article42332947

Raid on Darwin

Cairns Post

(QLD)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article42333034

Darwin bombings

The West Australian

(WA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47181953

Black pall of smoke over town

Barrier Miner

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48411706

At least 19 killed in Darwin raid

The Advertiser

(SA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48745474

Dramatic stages of Darwin raids: 9 killed at post office

The Courier-Mail

(QLD)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50140827

Escapes in raid

The Sydney Morning Herald

(NSW)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17788987

Not under martial law

The Mail

(SA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55769343

How Darwin was surprised; Japanese made big detour

The Mail

(SA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55769344

15 Killed and 24 wounded in Thursday's rain on Darwin

Morning Bulletin

(QLD)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56111024

The Darwin air raids

Townsville Daily Bulletin

(QLD)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63566621

Bombed Darwin

The Mail

(SA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55769366

Hospitals machine gunned

The Canberra Times

(ACT)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2561552

Position in town, no news for enemy

Geraldton Guardian & Express

(WA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article67336303

The postal staff, nine members killed

Geraldton Guardian & Express

(WA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article67336305

Darwin carries on

Sunday Times

(WA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59165722

Jap raid at Darwin

Sunday Times

(WA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59165723

Japs swooped to 100 feet

Sunday Times

(WA)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59165738