The Intertype which was the British knock-off of Mergenthaler’s Linotype was the backbone of the Old Guv’s production of Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) over many years.
It was a hot metal slug casting machine with a keyboard set-up all of its own.
In other words no qwerty keyboard!
On a hot day working with these machines and their hot metal pots turned on could be rather unpleasant, not to mention the noise of the brass matrices (mats) dropping down in into the Assembly stick.
But overall, very reliable and for a period of time revolutionised the trade of printing along with the Linotype, Ludlow Typograph and Monotype keyboard and caster.
Did you know there was an old railway tunnel just near the Old Guv?
Well there was! As far as I know it was built in 1886 to service the old Exhibition Building and the Exhibition Oval near Kintore Avenue.
My grandfather Cyril used to tell me that there was a tunnel under King William Road which continued on from the Adelaide Railway Station under King William Road onto the Exhibition Oval.
They held the Royal Adelaide Show there in the late 19th Century
This of course was in the days before the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds were built at Wayville.
The Annual Wayzgoose held at Victor Harbor in 1890.
The Wayzgoose or Printer’s Picnic was celebrated at the Old Guv in King William Road for quite a number of years.
It was based on an old British custom where the men and boys (generally from the Composing Room) would gather once a year with their Master Printer for an excursion, dinner and a few ales.
They would travel in horse drawn drays to the country town of their choice or travel by steam train to places like Mount Barker, Willunga or Victor Harbor. It was a long day, generally not finishing until around 10 p.m.
They would gather in the local Pub for a slap up Dinner followed by speeches, readings and musical numbers performed by the tradesmen or boys.
The women or girls from the Office did not attend, until the late 1920s and it was never the same afterwards, so they say…
It slowly developed into the Office Picnic with races, events for the children and of course some boring speeches I have no doubt…
The 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.