Snap­shot of the past

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

This week’s Snap­shot is a look back into the his­tory pho­to­graphs of The Gazette.

This pho­to­graph was taken in 1969 of Gazette front of­fice staff (from left): Ju­dith Hop­kins (McAl­lis­ter), Maryanne Schreyer (Hawken), An­nette Comber (Woodhouse) and Kaye Smith (Stewart).

They are sit­ting on the up­per deck of the print­ing press, a Cos­sar press which printed The Gazette un­til the early 1970s.

The flatbed press printed a to­tal of 16 pages in one run. Usu­ally the first run (the mid­dle sec­tion) was printed on Fri­day af­ter­noon fol­lowed by the sec­ond run (the main part of the pa­per) on Tues­day morn­ing.

The pa­per was usu­ally 32 pages, but if it in­creased in size an­other run was printed on Mon­days.

In those days The Gazette ‘hit the street’ on Tues­day af­ter­noons.

For many lo­cals it was lit­er­ally hot off the press as the pa­pers were col­lated and dis­trib­uted as they were printed.

The first Tues­day in Novem­ber was a spe­cial day. Staff would lis­ten to the Mel­bourne Cup on the ra­dio and stop the press to add a para­graph with de­tails of the win­ner, mak­ing it one of the first pa­pers in Aus­tralia to pub­lish the cup re­sults.

The Cos­sar press was re­garded as a very re­li­able print­ing press for small news­pa­per op­er­a­tions.

This press worked well un­til a ma­jor break­down in the late ‘60s. The pa­per had to be printed off site for many months while await­ing a part from over­seas.

It was not used af­ter the early 1970s when a press was built in Mor­well to ser­vice the Gipp­s­land re­gion.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Bill Slegers added fur­ther in­for­ma­tion to a Snap­shot ap­pear­ing on Oc­to­ber 17 cap­tur­ing the War­ragul Po­lice Sta­tion and res­i­dence c.1915.

He said the old po­lice sta­tion bricks are now lo­cated on a build­ing at 192 Burke St, War­ragul.

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