‘The Clang Out.’

Hot Metal Comps. had a unique way of saying goodbye to a workmate who was retiring from the trade. There was a hell of a lot of racket in the Comp Room when it happened! The journeyman Comps. and their Apprentices would scatter everywhere grabbing small chases, metal galleys, quoin keys, furniture or anything remotely […]

Old Guv Footy Side,1955.

The Old Guv Men’s football side from 1955 at Rostrevor College Oval. From Left to Right: Rex Wells (Comp), George Sparnon (Comp), Glyn Paul (comp), Paul Raby (Printer), Allan Hitchox (Comp), John Strudwick (Printer), Brian Long (Printer), Laurie Blackwell (Printer), Don Woolman (Comp), Mike Conroy (App. Machine Comp), Allan Swinstead (Comp), Dean Groves (Binder), Alex […]

‘The Intertype’.

via youtube.com The Intertype which was the British version 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 …

The Letterpress Machine Room at Netley.

From right to left. Norm Hodson, Johnny Creswell, Grantley (with beard) on Heidelberg 4, Ray Belt on KSB, John Cowell and Ian Russell on the other KSB. On 10 x 15 Heidleberg Platens over by the sink are: Bob Cooper in light coloured shirt and Geor…

Old Guv Wayzgoose, 5 March, 1887.

This is another in the series of ornate Wayzgoose Programmes from the Government Printing Office, Adelaide, South Australia. This Outing must have been a real big undertaking for the male staff of the Old Guv. This Wayzgoose was held at the Temperance Hotel in Murray Bridge. The name of the Hotel is a bit weird […]

“The Old Guv.”

This is a beautiful shot looking down King William Road towards The River Torrens. You’ll notice that the the Old Guv is still by itself, no Parliament House yet. That makes it before 1936 and by the look of the road transport some time before tha…

History of the Old Guv, 1849-1974.

Explanation: I have been asked what was the structure on the right hand side of the Old Guv, in the above picture (the one with the curved roof). After consulting Grant Hofmeyer, I have been told it was a railway shed and was termed Commodius Freight Accommodation by the Railways. Which means in plain English […]

“Lest We Forget” – George Bonney.

Studio portrait of 44 Private (Pte) George Edward Bonney, 32nd Battalion, of Unley, South Australia. George Bonney was born on 23 August, 1876 at Unley. He was the son of William Bonney and Eliza Powell. George married Florence Connor on 24 January, 1900 in Adelaide. Originally a Printing Machinist with the Government Printing Office in […]

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 […]

The Stanhope Press lands in South Australia, 1836.

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 […]