The Dominion, New Zealand

Thanks to Kevin Brown for sending these pictures in. Kevin says: "I did my apprenticeship for the Dominion Newspaper, it was a morning paper in Wellington, New Zealand, printed six days a week and we also printed a Sunday paper called the Sunday Times. Copies were sent to most places in the north and south island every day, a truck left wellington every morning with the first edition and drove up to Auckland.

I took a lot of the pics in 1975, I was working on the day shift, but on the last night that the paper was going to be printed in the old Mercer Street Domionion building I went in and took some pics, that's why you see people gathering together for me to take the shots and that was 1976.

The Dominion then shifted across the road to Press House which printed the Evening Post, which was a Daily. They amalgamated and now only print one daily called the Dominion Post.

I worked night shift before eventually going on to days, and worked on the TTS machines, we used Elektrons if I remember correctly, I left the paper in 1978, so it was a long time ago. When we went to Press House they stated phasing out the linos, and I remember they got this computer called a Harris 2000, which was huge. When we shifted across the road the paper was still being printed using the linos and it would have been the mid 80s that they changed over, I guess, I wasn't there at the time."

Additional caption information has been supplied by John Nixon.

The Dominion picures are spread over three pages: Page One, Page Two, Page Three.

Jim McKenzie (former night printer), Bill Willis, Kevin Brown ? And Hugh Creasey (Sunday Times printer) in the background

Jim McKenzie (former night printer), Bill Willis, Kevin Brown ? And Hugh Creasey (Sunday Times printer) in the background

TTS casting section, with Electrons on right, Comets on the left

TTS casting section, with Electrons on right, Comets on the left

Linotype Department

Linotype Department

Michael Guillemot day shift on Linotype No 2 worked for 40+  plus years on night shift by head piece-worker George Delbridge

Michael Guillemot day shift on Linotype No 2 worked for 40+ years on night shift by head piece-worker George Delbridge

The Dominion picures are spread over three pages: Page One, Page Two, Page Three.


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