Penrith Museum of Printing facts for kids
|Location||Ransley St, Penrith, New South Wales 2750 Australia|
The Penrith Museum of Printing is a museum in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia with a focus on Australian letterpress printing equipment and techniques.
In 1987 Alan Connell (1922–2020), a retired employee of the now defunct printing company The Nepean Times, after walking past the building of the old Nepean Times in Station Street, saw that the equipment used the publication of the newspaper were still there, after 25 years of disuse. He asked the then-owner if he could have some of old equipment to preserve the heritage. The machines where stored and other letterpress equipment was added. The Museum was officially opened on 2 June 2001 by Jackie Kelly, MP for Lindsay, the then Minister for Sport and Tourism as well as with the support of industry organisations and a Commonwealth Government Federation Fund Grant.
In September 2017 the Penrith Museum of Printing closed its doors for a major upgrade and added 150 m2 to their premises including the addition of a foyer and a library. The $130,000 (AUD) upgrade has given more space to show all working machines and equipment. The museum was reopened by Penrith Councillor Brian Cartwright in November 2018.
The Penrith Museum of Printing houses a collection of fully operational letterpress machinery and equipment. A number of the items in the collection are over 150 years old and are still functioning. The objective of the museum is to have all equipment and machinery up and running for all to see and experience. The Penrith Museum of Printing currently has several early 1900 Linotype and Intertype line cast machines, a Columbian press from 1841, a Albion from 1864, the Nepean Times Wharfedale stop cylinder press from around 1880, Chandler & Price, Arab and Pearl treadle presses, Heidelberg platen and a Miehle vertical cylinder press.
The museum featured in the 2018 film Ladies in Black, where it was used to simulate the Sydney Morning Herald's compositors' room.
List of machines and equipment on display
|Linotype model 5||line composing||1902||The NEV after Neville James who restored it. believed to come from Colin McPherson, NSW, Australia|
|Linotype model 8||line composing||1922||31963||Nepean Times Newspaper 1887 - 1985, Penrith, NSW, Australia|
|Intertype C3||line composing||1935||31418||Saxon Press Commercial Printer, Bexley, NSW, Australia|
|Intertype C4||line composing||1942||27498||Donated by Tony Mercier, Mercier Typsetters and was formally owned by Conte & Ruggier
used to produce local France newspaper "Le Courrier Australien" and the
France-Australian trade magazine "France-Australie"
|Edwards & Dunlop||proofing press||Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Columbian||Hand press||1841||937||Carcoar Chronicle until 1939, donated by Fairfax, NSW, Australia|
|Albion||Hand press||1864||1644||Donated by Hannanprint, NSW. It was originally owned by Angus & Coote, Jewellers, and used to proof their
catalogues before printing until its purchase and restoration by Neil Mulvaney of Champion Press.
|Wharfedale||Stop cylinder press||~1880||Nepean Times Newspaper. Penrith, NSW, Australia 1887 - 1962|
|Chandler & Price||Treadle press|
|Pearl||Treadle press||Saxon Press Commercial Printer, Bexley, NSW, Australia|
|Emil Kahle||small hand press||~1910||Gearside, Lithgow, NSW, Australia|
|Adana (several)||small hand press|
|Heidelberg platen||automated press||~1935||31834 E||Saxon Press Commercial Printer, Bexley, NSW, Australia|
|Heidelberg platen||automated press||1966||T 161604 E||School Graphic Arts, Sydney 1966 - 2010, Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Miele vertical||automated press||1966||V16033|
|Gestener Duplicator SP20||duplicator||~1935||25458||Hannan print, NSW, Australia|
The Penrith Museum of Printing has an extensive collection of books, manuals, documents and other letterpress printing artefacts which are all available for viewing.
While the Museum does not loan books or items from its collection, its open to view and or study this collection during opening hours.
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