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Melbourne Printing Museum
« on: November 22, 2019, 12:29:40 AM »
The Museum of Printing Melbourne Australia has closed and the contents are to be auctioned on November 26. The machinery and accessories is being sold to cover the outstanding rent on the premises.

George Finn (Mechanic)
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Re: Melbourne Printing Museum
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2019, 08:18:45 AM »
Hi George
You will be pleased to know that all the Monotype casting equipment has been purchased by The Printing Museum in New Zealand.
This includes the 845 box type collection.
This has been done to preserve the collection and restore it to running order.
We are excited about this project and all help practical and financial welcome.
More to come at

The pity is most of the Linotypes and Ludlow went to scrap.
Cheers, John Nixon


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Re: Melbourne Printing Museum
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2019, 12:08:07 AM »
By way on consolation, it's not exactly letterpress, but when next in Berlin, the real tragics might like to visit Not that I would distract visitors from any of the other fascinating museums which seem to cover almost as many diverse topics as the internet itself.

Australian "world cities" don't even come close when it comes to valuing heritage.


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Re: Melbourne Printing Museum
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2019, 12:38:07 AM »
More appropriate to those interested in vanishing printing museums when in Berlin is the Technical Museum. The English version of the museum website is being upgraded, but Chrome does a good job of translating the German version

It is ironic that the digital revolution, largely responsible for the death of typesetting machines, is also keeping information about them alive through the likes of Youtube.