Queanbeyan Printing Museum

Queanbeyan Printing Museum

The Queanbeyan Printing Museum features working printing presses and memorabilia from the first newspaper established in Queanbeyan. The museum was set up with the support of the Queanbeyan City Council and the dedicated work of the volunteers, who formerly worked at The Queanbeyan Age newspaper and used to operate the printing presses.

Take a nostalgic journey into Queanbeyan's past from the first local newspaper ‘The Golden Age' printed in 1860 through to the mid-1970s when letterpress printing at The Queanbeyan Age was superseded by offset printing, electronics and computerised typesetting. 

The museum features 12 main sections from hand-set type, through hot-metal production, including a model 14 Linotype; to a variety of printing presses such as a Wharfedale hand-fed press, various platens, proof presses and a Meihle automatic commercial printing press. A complete photographic darkroom is also featured. 

The encased static displays include tools of the printing trade and memorabilia of a bygone age of the printing profession. There are also numerous photographs and reproductions of memorable front pages on display. 

All machines have been restored to full operational mode by a dedicated group of local volunteers, including those  who formerly operated the printing presses when they were used to print Queanbeyan's local newspaper. 

Queanbeyan Printing Museum, 20 Farrer Place, Queanbeyan -  Telephone: (02) 6297 2541
Opening times: Sunday 2pm to 4pm, excluding holiday weekends, Christmas and Easter.  The museum may be open by prior arrangement for groups and coach tours. Admittance is Free.

Click here to visit the Queanbeyan Printing Museum website.

 

Printing Press at Queanbeyan Printing Museum