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Printing Press - English Common Press, Fawkner, 1700s Object Reg. No: ST 026747

Summary:
The Melbourne Advertiser, the first Melbourne newspaper, was printed on this press in 1838.

The publisher, John Pascoe Fawkner, was an entrepreneur taking advantage of opportunities presented by the young colony of Victoria. In a competitive climate, he was anxious to be the first to establish a newspaper. Fawkner obtained the press just before the production of the 10th edition. In his haste to publish, previous editions of his paper had been handwritten.

The press, believed to date from the first half of the 18th century, was replaced with a more efficient model in 1840.
Description:
Printing press; a wooden standing mechanism with a movable tray to hold type held in a frame, with manually operated screw mechanism.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from State Library of Victoria (SLV)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 209 cm (Height), 92.00 cm (Width), 166 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Measurements in reconfigured state. Meaurements taken by Curator. Width includes measurement of top beam. Uprights width alone is 78.60 cm.

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne intercolonial australasian 1866-1867, printing, printing equipment, printing presses, presses, advertiser, melbourne 1st newspaper
Themes this item is part of: John Pascoe Fawkner, Businessman & Melbourne Pioneer (1792-1869), Timeline of the Fawkner Press, Letterpress Printing, Information & Communication Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: printers
Past Owner or User: Mr. John Fawkner, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1838
Past Owner or User: James Harrison, 1840
References: HUBBER, BRIAN. THE FAWKNER PRINTING PRESS: A PROVENANCE STUDY. LA TROBE LIBRARY JOURNAL NO. 57 AUTUMN 1996 PP. 15-25.

http://sharlot.org/events/livinghistory/printing.html
accessed 9 October 2008

Melbourne Advertiser first printed edition (#10)
Bibliography:
  1. [Journal], The Fawkner printing press: a provenance study, Melbourne, 15 - 25 Pages

Comments

chris schuetz Posted on 22 Jan 2010 5:13 PM
This is also the press that James Harrison used to sart the Geelong Advertiser. That is the same James Harrison who made the refrigerator a model of which is in Scienceworks. Adaptable guy!
Discovery Centre Posted on 25 Jan 2010 12:15 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks for pointing out that interesting info Chris. More information on James Harrison and his various projects can be found at http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010479b.htm?hilite=james%3Bharrison
Sarbrena maxwell Posted on 16 Sep 2013 9:46 PM
Can anyone tell me if they made a reproduction of the 1st newspaper Argus at any time perhaps as a annerversary I have one that has John Faulkner on it written at top of newspaper

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