Printing Museum

Preserving Queanbeyan's hot metal printing skills and machinery, the museum gives a nostalgic journey into the past, centred on the inception of “The Queanbeyan Age” in 1860 through to the mid-1970s, when letterpress printing in Queanbeyan was superseded by electronics and computerised typesetting.

John Gale started using a Columbia hand press in September 1860. Hot metal printing ended with the retirement of Linotype machines in 1983.

The museum features 12 main sections from hand-set type, through hot-metal production, (including a model 14 Lintotype), to a variety of printing presses such as 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 trade and memorabilia of a bygone age of the printing profession. There are also numerous photographs and reproductions of “ Age ” front pages on display.

All machines have been restored to operational mode. 

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  • Printing Museum

    20 Farrer Place
    Queanbeyan 2620
    NSW, Australia

    Phone: (02) 6297 2541 or 0424 699 694
    Email: lewisrw@tpg.com.au
    Website: www.queanbeyanprintingmuseum.com

    The museum features 12 main sections from hand-set type, through hot-metal production including a model 14 Lintotype to a variety of printing presses such as Wharfedale hand-fed press.

    • Opening Times:

      Sundays 2pm-4pm except Christmas, Easter, New Year and Public Holiday Weekends.
    • Price Information:

      Free entry
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