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Started by Mechanic, October 16, 2018, 11:35:05 PM

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Printle: A Printing Word Game from Metal Type


Update on the print shop at the South Coast Restoration Society, in Pimpama on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Thanks mainly to the efforts of Linotype mechanic Wayne Messell and Arthur Johnson from Gulgong Pioneers Museum, we now have what could be described as a hot metal letterpress job shop.
We have operational a C4 Intertype, a model L Ludlow, a Jardine platen press, a Heidelberg Windmill and a couple of little Adana platens. We also have a number California cases of hand set type.
There is also a couple of machines which we hope to restore.
Visitors to the museum can get a good indication of how the majority of printing was performed in the 20th century.
What we need now is some young enthusiasts to come and learn to use the machines and hopefully become volunteers at the museum.
Wayne Messell and I are on a learning curve to become compositor printers.
This has all come about because a 1956 C4 Intertype was found rusting away in the corner of a leaking shed by Des Cater, who unfortunately passed away a week ago.
George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast


The museum is now closed.
We were volunteers at the museum since 2013. The election of a new committee and a lack of commitment to plans made by the previous committee to enlarge the building to give visitors safer access, led to a disagreement, resulting in the committee voting that unless we became members we were no longer welcome.
We refused to join and as a result the museum is closed.
George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast

John Cornelisse

Is it not the purpose of museums to preserve our culture ?

How should they do it ? Is earning money the only purpose...

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