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The Penrith Museum of Printing 

opening hours:
Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm

or by arrangement. 

Tour bookings will be taken

 either on line or phone

contact us: 0408 412 708

The Penrith Museum of Printing
had a Spectacular Weekend at the Campbelltown Steam Festival!

A Memorable Visit from
Dr. John Vallance

We were honoured to welcome Dr. John Vallance, the recently retired Chief Librarian of the Mitchell Library, accompanied by Stephen Hannan, for an in-depth tour of the Penrith Museum of Printing, organised by James Cryer.

Dr. Vallance enjoyed a nostalgic journey, experiencing firsthand the rich history of printing. He even set his name using techniques reminiscent of Gutenberg's era in the 1450s and printed a certificate on our 1864 Albion press. The highlight of his visit was witnessing the living demonstrations of our historical equipment, particularly the 1841 Columbian press, the same brand that printed the Sydney Morning Herald from 1830 to 1852. This press, restored by John Fairfax in 1976, was saved from being scrapped and has a storied history, including printing the Carcoar Chronicle from 1872 until 1939. Restored by apprentices at the Broadway plant in Sydney, it was displayed in Fairfax foyers until the Pyrmont days and then generously donated to our museum.

Dr. Vallance spent many hours marveling at the various pieces of equipment on display and in operation. He was particularly captivated by the Intertype line casting machine, invented in the 1880s, and the Ludlow headline machine, which delivered hot metal lines right before his eyes. Additionally, the Dorrigo press, which printed the last letterpress newspaper in Australia as recently as July 2023, and the Wharfdale 1890, which marked the beginning of our museum, were also in full operation.
It was truly a memorable day for all, filled with history, innovation, and a deep appreciation for the art of printing.

The Campbelltown Steam Festival on the 18th and 19th of May was a resounding success! The Penrith Museum of Printing took part in this fantastic event, celebrating the rich history of letterpress printing with over 300 enthusiastic visitors.


Our booth was a hive of activity, with members showcasing the intricate art of setting type, a craft dating back to the 15th century. Visitors were fascinated to see each letter and word meticulously arranged by hand. Our star attraction, the 1890 Pearl treadle-operated press, drew crowds eager to witness the traditional printing process in action. Each certificate and coaster printed was a testament to the dedication and skill of our team, who worked tirelessly to bring history to life.


One of the festival's highlights was undoubtedly the magical transformation of black ink into gold. With just a touch of gold dust, our team demonstrated how to create shimmering prints, a process that delighted both young and old. This unique experience was offered for a small donation, adding a touch of glittering charm to the event and raising funds to support the museum's activities.


The hands-on nature of our demonstrations allowed visitors to get up close and personal with the printing process. Many took the opportunity to try their hand at setting type and operating the press under the guidance of our experienced members. The excitement and enthusiasm of our visitors were palpable, and we were thrilled to share our passion for printing history with such an engaged audience.


We owe the success of the weekend to our dedicated team, whose unwavering commitment ensured everything ran smoothly over the two days. Their hard work and enthusiasm were truly inspiring.


Upcoming Event: Valley Heights Locomotive Steam Show


Next up, you can catch us at the Valley Heights Locomotive Steam Show on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of July! If you're curious about what we do or want to join in the fun, we’d love to hear from you. Don’t miss out on another chance to experience the wonder of printing history come to life!

Looking for a Sunday activity Visit our unique Museum

Nestled in the heart of a region rich with history and natural beauty, the Penrith Museum of Printing stands as a beacon for enthusiasts of history, printing, and culture. Whether you're a first-time visitor or it's been a while since your last journey to our museum, we invite you to experience the wonders of printing history anew. Our museum has recently undergone significant enhancements, acquiring numerous new artifacts to enrich our collection and redesigning our layout to offer a more immersive and engaging experience.

The Penrith Museum of Printing isn't just any museum; it's a living museum that transports visitors back in time to 1450, to the dawn of the information revolution sparked by Johannes Gutenberg's groundbreaking invention of movable type. This innovation laid the foundation for the spread of knowledge, transforming society in ways that still impact us today.

Pressgang Donates Zoll AED to Penrith Museum of Printing

Pressgang, the Industries Newspaper Production group that has been meeting monthly since 1970 to discuss all things related to production, has generously donated a Zoll AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to the Penrith Museum of Printing. While it is hoped that this life-saving device will never be needed, its presence is a significant gesture of support and care from Pressgang.


The decision to donate the AED was made by the Committee members: Peter Williams, Gordon Cole, James Ackland, Bob Lockley, Marcus Hooke, and Sean Tait. With the museum's growing number of visitors, the committee recognized the importance of having such a device readily available.


The museum is extremely grateful for this thoughtful donation. Moreover, members of the museum who are interested will receive training on how to use the AED from St John Ambulance staff in the near future. This ensures that the museum is well-prepared for any potential emergencies, underscoring the importance of having an AED in every organization.


The Penrith Museum of Printing will be on road show printing posters at the:


Valley Heights Locomotive in the Blue Mountains on the 12/13/14 July


Enrol in our 2024 Typography and Letterpress Printing courses 2 spots available in July, Reserve your spot.


Master printing on Adana desktop letterpress machines in just one day, crafting remarkable pieces without the aid of modern technology.


Seize the chance to explore the traditional art of letterpress printing, a skill dating back to 1450. Learn poster-making with genuine wooden types and the precise art of arranging words with metal letters, a method enduring for centuries.


To avoid disappointment please send us a email or call for bookings, 0408 412 708 or



Pictured are Bob Lockley, President Penrith Museum of Printing being presented the Defibrillator by James Ackland Pressgang Convenor.

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