Trove WordPress plugin

One of the fantastic resources in Trove is the digitised newspaper collection. We’ve seen people using the newspapers for research & republishing their findings on their blogs. There’s a couple of issues with this:

  1. If the text that is copied hasn’t been corrected, if it ever gets updated in Trove it won’t get updated on their blogs
  2. Attribution is a bit hit and miss. Depending upon what the person does, they may or may not add a link back to Trove. We all know it’s nice to share the love and provide a link back to the resource where you’ve found something.

To make life easier for people using newspapers in Trove I’ve built a simple WordPress plugin based around the Trove API to allow you to embed the text from a newspaper article within your WordPress blog so that the text will reflect the current state of the text in Trove & it will provide attribution back to Trove. All it takes is three easy steps:

  1. Install the plugin
  2. Get the article ID of the text from the URL (e.g.: the ID of is 2760597)
  3. Where you would like that article to appear in your post us the following short code




    A contract for the plumbing services to 72 flats in Ainslie has been let by the Department of Works and Housing for £9,418/ l/6d to the Canberra Plumbing Cpmpany Pty. Ltd., Manuka. A tender for sewer and stormwater  

    drainage to the same flats has been let to Makin and Bearse, of Griffith, fer £6,180.  

    A contract for the supply and delivery of joinery for ten houses

    in Section 14 Ainslie has been let to Kennedy and Bird Pty. Ltd., of Sydney, for £2,339/3/3.  

    K. Schreiner, of Braddon, was the successful tenderer for the construction and completion of footpaths in Narrabundah for £646/2/11, while the same tend-   erer will construct and complete concrete footpaths in Griffith for £1,220/6/10.

    A tender for the supply and making of carpet squares for Havelock House has been granted to Marlee Carpets, of Melbourne, for £2,780.

    Source: Trove

That’s it!

I made up a quick screencast to demonstrate the use of it. I really hope that it’s useful for people. If you have any suggestions for improving it or extending it for other uses within Trove I would love to hear about it.

I have to give a big thanks to Kathryn Greenhill for helping me out with beta testing. This is the first thing I’ve built using the Trove API & the first thing I’ve released back into the WordPress community & it feels pretty good!







12 responses to “Trove WordPress plugin”

  1. Peter

    very cool Paul.

  2. Looks really interesting, thanks for that!

  3. Ellen Forsyth

    This is great

  4. Hi Paul
    I just found out about your plugin on the Australian Genealogy website on Facebook and I’m really looking forward to using it!! Thanks!

  5. Thanks Kylie, I hope you find it useful.

  6. Tanya Honey

    Hi Paul
    Great plugin. This gives me another reason to take the plunge and pay for a WordPress account. Until then I will include active links to the articles, not just the unlinked url.

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  9. Thanks Paul, I tried it out. Lots of fun.

  10. Richard Hayward

    Great work Paul.

  11. John Terrell

    A great tool Paul! Is there a way of doing something similar with a Google blog?

  12. Thanks. Unfortunately it’s not possible to do this for a Google blog.