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Australia’s daggiest 90s websites will be preserved forever by the National Library


Ready for a cringe-worthy walk down memory lane?

A team of researchers from the National Library of Australia have been collecting snapshots of the internet since 1996 – and now you can see them all in the library’s digital archives.

The snapshots of countless websites provide a bizarre insight into the beginnings of the Internet and some long-lost memories of late-90s and early-2000s Australian culture.

It seems that we were very interested in bright neon colours and rotating images back in the day – with some highlights including the very yellow The Wiggles home page (pictured) and the very purple website dedicated to 2000s sweethearts, Bec and Lleyton Hewitt.

It seems the library has taken a page from Space Jam’s book. The 1996 classic film hasn’t changed its website since it was first put up – so we’ve got this piece of art forever.

Some memories are too special not to preserve.

Pictured: The SBS News homepage in 2004. Image by National Library of Australia.


Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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