The Penrith Museum of Printing
Sundays from 10 am or by arrangement and for groups during the week (please contact us first)
Tour bookings will be taken
either on line or phone
Contact us: 0415 625 573
Penrith Show success
During the recent two-day 2023 Penrith Show our museum opened its doors to show the new revamped open-plan layout. This new design allows guests to seamlessly explore and immerse themselves in the rich history of our collection. Our dedicated team was thrilled to guide nearly 1000 visitors through this new design which allowed guests to seamlessly explore and immerse themselves in the rich history of our collection.
Anticipating a bustling event, we were excited to offer children a unique experience: the chance to typeset and print as it was done in the 1500s. Additionally, we showcased our newest acquisition, the Dorrigo letterpress. Remarkably, this press produced Australia's last letterpress newspaper using the traditional method, and it happened on the 30th of June this very year!
The turnout exceeded our expectations. We were genuinely moved by the sheer number of attendees and their palpable enthusiasm. It wasn't just the children who were eager to engage; adults too were drawn to the allure of the age-old printing craft.
Throughout the day, our experts conducted live demonstrations of the Linotype, Ludlow machines, and the vintage 1890 press. This press was in constant operation, crafting personalized certificates for enthusiastic participants.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Visitors lauded the intuitive layout, the informative historical context, the fervour of our members, and the mesmerizing operation of the machines. All these elements combined to make the weekend truly memorable.
As we reflect on the success of this event, we're filled with anticipation for the upcoming year. We're gearing up to host regular tours, courses, and live demonstrations, continuing our mission to bring history to life for all.
Bob Lockley, museum President.
Last front and back page Dorrigo Gazette printed Letterpress June 30 2023
Historic Dorrigo Gazette Press Finds Permanent Home
On it's place in the museum
The captivating journey of The Dorrigo Gazette Press, a relic of printing history spanning over eight decades and three continents, has reached its ultimate destination at the Penrith Museum of Printing. This extraordinary press, which originated in the renowned Heidelberg factory in Germany in 1939, has now settled into its retirement haven where it will continue to captivate and educate generations to come.
The press embarked on its storied voyage from the esteemed Heidelberg factory, where it was meticulously crafted with dedication and precision. Its production was briefly halted during World War II as the factory shifted its focus to support the war effort. Nevertheless, this remarkable 84-year-old artifact stands as a testament to an era steeped in rich history.
Following the war, the press found in 1951 a home at the Automatic Press in Port Pirie, South Australia. From 1971 onward, it embarked on a new chapter, relocating to Dorrigo and becoming an integral part of The Don Dorrigo Gazette. With unwavering commitment, it tirelessly produced every edition until June 30, 2023, marking the end of an era as the final letterpress-produced newspaper in Australia.
Starting August 18, 2023, The Dorrigo Gazette Press takes its place of honour at the Penrith Museum of Printing, nestled amidst a collection of esteemed historical printing wonders. This press now shares company with other operational presses, including the Columbian, responsible for printing the Carcoar Chronicle from 1872 to 1939, and the Wharfedale, which faithfully served The Nepean Times from 1882 to 1962. The Heidelberg “Zylinder” assumes its rightful place among these icons, a symbol of enduring craftsmanship. It's important to mention that these three printing presses produced their publications until they discontinued the newspaper and now continue to exist in the museum.
The Penrith Museum of Printing has undergone a transformative redesign, creating a seamless layout that invites visitors to embark on a journey through the evolution of printing from its inception in 1450 to the 1970s. The museum proudly showcases an impressive array of type cases, wooden type, Linotype/Intertype machines, Ludlow’s for headings, hand-operated presses, treadle presses, and powered presses. This collection stands as a living testament to the evolution of printing craftsmanship.
The arrival of The Dorrigo Gazette Press at the Penrith Museum of Printing not only signifies the end of a remarkable journey but also heralds the continuation of a legacy that honours the artistry and science of printing.
Bob Lockley, museum President.
ASOOF printing industry visit
ASOOF-visit 20 June 23 Bob explaining the Intertype
We had a truly enlightening day at the Society of Old Friends event on June 20th, 2023. The Penrith Museum of Printing put on a captivating display of operational printing pieces, which was greatly appreciated by a passionate group of print industry enthusiasts.
This event and presentation are made even more special by the generous donation of an amazing Boxwood sample and proof by Neil Muleveny. We are eager to deepen our understanding of this remarkable craft from the Victorian Age. The displayed samples, dating back to the late 1800s, sparked fascinating discussions. The knowledge gained from this experience will undoubtedly enrich the stories we share during our tours and inspire future generations interested in the incredible journey of the printed word.
As part of the 400th Anniversary of the printing of the First Folio - the first collected plays of Shakespeare. The Penrith Museum in cooperation with Aliarare and the State Library of NSW organise a special workshop “Experience the Living History of Printing” on 26th October 2023 at 10:30am, for the Shakespeare loving community.
Don’t be late register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au
Registration for our upcoming courses in Poster Typography and Letterpress Printing this October is now open! Secure your spot and we'll schedule dates based on the availability of interested participants. Don't miss out!" immerse, and master the ancient craft of letterpress printing. Our courses delve deep into the rich history of printing that dates back to 1450. Dive into the world of poster-making using authentic wooden types. Experience the meticulous process of setting words with individual metal letters, a technique preserved for over four centuries.
To avoid disappointment please send us a email or call for bookings, 0408 412 708 or
Your assistance is invaluable! Preserving this 1939 Heidelberg press poses challenges due to the vast geographical distances in Australia. Any pledges to back our cause would be immensely cherished.
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