Doubts linger over print machines

21:52, Dec 11 2012
waimate advertiser
CHANGING TIMES: Waimate's Advertiser has typesetters and photosetters that need homes.

The printed history is going and the hardware could soon be gone as well.

Waimate's Advertiser newspapers, including written material and photographs, will likely be handed over to the Historical Society as a campaign to raise money for their purchase is well under way.

However, questions remain over the future of tonnes of printing equipment still on site at the Queen St premises.

intertype machine receipt
TECHNOLOGY: A receipt for an inter-typing machine purchase in 1961.

Managing editor Don McCabe said he had been in talks with an Auckland printing engineer but nothing had been confirmed yet.

The collection of equipment dates back more than 100 years and includes various typesetters and photosetters. A couple of items are going to the Waimate Museum.

Mr McCabe said the equipment would be sold as scrap metal if a buyer was not found.


He has been at the Waimate Advertiser for 42 years and will retire soon.

The paper stopped publication in July before the Historical Society made a bid to obtain the collection of records that includes 115 years of community news, events, births, deaths and marriages.

Waimate District Council voted unanimously in October to grant $3500 towards the $10,000 needed for the purchase and preservation of the full collection.

Rotary then agreed to donate $5000 from a bequest. The funds raised will go towards securing the material, processing and archiving the material for digitisation and creating a catalogue accessible to the public.

The Timaru Herald