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[Colenso, William] 1811-1899 :[Printer's composing stick, ca 1832]

Reference Number: Curios-008-007

A rectangular ferrous metal plate with right-angle edge at top left-hand side and separate ferrous metal adjustable bar attached to edge by ferrous metal screw and copper alloy nut.

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1 image, related to Robert Coupland Harding, William Colenso, Posted love; love letters from the Turnbull Library and beyond. National Library Gallery, Sophia Sarah Harding, Church Missionary Society, Nga Kupu Korero (Exhibition), Paihia and Printers.

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[Colenso, William] 1811-1899 :[Printer's composing stick, ca 1832], Reference Number Curios-008-007 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 curio(s)Iron composing stick with copper screw 44 x 180 x 16 mm. Single curio

Historical Notes: William Colenso was New Zealand's first printer, working at Paihia at the Bay of Islands from 1835. He began work as a printer in 1833 in England and brought this composing stick with him when he came to New Zealand at the end of 1834. On Jan 3 1835 he recorded the landing of the press and other printing equipment, mentioning the lack of many essential pieces of printing equipment, including "no composing sticks (save a private one of my own that I had bought two years before in London, a most fortunate circumstance!)"

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