Federal Standard Printing Press

60 Objects Federal Standard Printing Works Chiltern

Called the 'The Eighth Wonder of the World' by Thomas Edison, the Linotype typecasting machine revolutionized printing and society.

The Federal Standard Printing Works is one of the few substantially intact provincial newspaper printers remaining from the gold mining era.

When gold was discovered in Chiltern in 1858 thousands of people flocked to the Victorian country town. In 1859 the Federal Standard newspaper was founded there and operated from its printing works ever since.

The Federal Standard Printing Office includes a 112 year old Linotype and a 172 year old Wharfdale flatbed printer, both in working order.