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“Print Shop, Peterborough, South Australia”

Peterborough Printing Works
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed November 15, 2016

We read about this place briefly before heading to Peterborough from Adelaide (approx. 3 hr drive). We were only staying in town for one night and were keen to see as much as possible. We had a list of places to visit and the Print Shop was one of them but we left it till last. In a way that was a good thing because it was one of the most interesting places we saw.

Apparently in 2001 the Peterborough Print Shop closed its doors and the owner walked away from it all. Pretty much everything has been left as it was on that day - printers, templates, printing blocks, ink jars, etc. Most of the machines are still in working order.

The Peterborough History Group, supported by the local council, now has custodianship of the shop and has started cleaning and preserving the historical documents and objects. This, as you can imagine, is a mammoth task and not many people can appreciate the amount of work involved.

We were surprised to see the number of items left behind by the previous owner and the dedication of volunteers to bring life back to the print shop.

The Peterborough Times was printed here and the place still has that 'printer's ink' smell, you can almost visualise all the machines at work and being tended to by the (mostly male) staff.

The Print Shop played a large and very important part in the town's history, so it's good to see that it hasn't been demolished, but instead, is becoming a place of interest for locals, visitors and the younger generation.

As Mary, a volunteer who took us around, pointed out - this is not a museum, it's an actual workplace...or rather, was. Mary was very informative, pleasant and obviously dedicated to the restoration of the Print Shop.

We would highly recommend spending an hour or so doing a tour of this place, especially if you're interested in manually operated machines as opposed to the modern 'push-button' variety. They welcome individuals, groups and students.

Location: Jervois Street, Peterborough
Open: Wed, Thur & Fri 10am - 1pm or by appointment
Entry: $5

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

The printing works was a great place to visit, our guide Mary was very knowledgeable, we also enjoyed talking to the history group who are slowly putting together and preserving job lots from the early days of the printing press till many years ahead

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Lorraine W
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Reviewed August 21, 2016

Peterborough Historic Society volunteers are doing a wonderful job cataloging thousands of JOB Work tickets, many dating back a hundred plus years, that give a true history of the life & times of residents of Peterborough & surrounds over the last century & more. Some of the printing machinery at this "living museum" would be over a hundred years old. The Peterborough Print museum is a real time look at a printing company that was once the heartbeat of a town & over the years diminished until in 2001 the last owner could no longer keep it going, walked out the door, locked it, probably went to lunch & never came back.
But today, thanks to State & Local government grants & the generosity of the hard working volunteers, visitors to this museum can be transported back in time to when printing was an art form, where compositors (type setters) wore a collar & tie & the boss was ALWAYS referred to as Mr. ..... never by his first name. If you would like to see how a small printing company looked in the 1970's then visit this wonderful historic house with printing machinery.

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank Philip S
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Reviewed June 4, 2016

No newspapers, posters or invitations are printed here now. The owner just walked out. With a few machined now working and others waiting restoration, we could see how all of it was done. Decades of company records of orders, job instructions and accounts have been found and are being digitised. Most importantly, the volunteers form the local history club provide a warm welcome and an insightful tour (Wed - Fri). One of the many things to see in Peterborough.

Date of experience: May 2016
3  Thank Matthew L
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