The Stanhope Press lands in South Australia, 1836.

03_stanhope_press_98-97The first printing press which was landed with the Free Settlers of South Australia in late 1836 was a Stanhope (hand driven) Press, which was located in a crude tent occupied by the Thomas family on the North Bend of the “Paddywallunga” River at Glenelg.
The Stanhope Press was owned by Mr Robert Thomas and Mr George Stevenson, Secretary to Governor Hindmarsh, the State’s first Governor.
The Act of Proclamation and first Government Gazette had been printed in England some six months before the Settlers arrived.
The Proclamation Ceremony was held at Glenelg in December, 1836.
The Captain of the ship that landed the Stanhope Press felt the metal type on board would make perfect ballast for his crossing of the treacherous Tasman Sea to Hobart.
Unfortunately Robert Thomas was unaware that his type was on its way to Tassie.
A frustrated Robert Thomas was finally re-united with his precious cases of metal type some time after the first landing.
In June, 1837, the second edition of the Government Gazette and Colonial Register was produced.
At that time the Printing Office had been moved to Hindley Street, Adelaide.

“I can see The Old Guv.”

Photo taken by famous photographer Frank Hurley in 1935.
The construction on the new Parliament House hasn’t started yet, so you have a clear view of the Government Printing Office (on the left and next to the park).
Photo from Keith Conlon’s 5AA Website

Old Guv Machine Room, circa 1910.

Image Capture: Excellent quality photograph of what is believed to be the Machine Room at the Government Printing Office when it was situated in King William Road, Adelaide. Photo taken possibly 1910 or thereabouts.
This Photograph was kindly Supplied by Mr Alex Riley, a wealthy resident of one of Adelaide’s more upper class neighbourhoods situated in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
I might just add that the room looks like a workers’ nightmare for workplace accidents, loss of limbs and possibly death.

“The Stanhope” First Printing Press in the Colony.

03_stanhope_press_98-97The first Printing Press in the Colony was landed at Holdfast Bay on 8th November, 1836, from the barque “Africaine”.
The Press was offloaded on to the Beach just South of the Patawalonga mouth.
The Stanhope was a Demy Press invented by Earl Stanhope at the beginning of the 19th Century and superseded the wooden presses in use at that time.
With two competent operators it could produce 250 page impressions in one hour.