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This item is on display at Melbourne Museum
Where is it from?
- A Past Owner or User Melbourne, Australia
Printing Press - English Common Press, Fawkner, 1700s Reg. No: ST 026747
- 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.
- 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)
|Dimensions:||209 cm (Height), 92.00 cm (Width), 166 cm (Length)|
|Dimension Comment:||Measurements in reconfigured state. Measurements taken by Curator. Width includes measurement of top beam. Uprights width alone is 78.60 cm.|
|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|
|Past Owner or User:||Mr. John Fawkner, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1838|
|Past Owner or User:||James Harrison, 1840|
HUBBER, BRIAN. THE FAWKNER PRINTING PRESS: A PROVENANCE STUDY. LA TROBE LIBRARY JOURNAL NO. 57 AUTUMN 1996 PP. 15-25.
accessed 9 October 2008
Melbourne Advertiser first printed edition (#10)