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A Specimen of Port Phillip Typography

Specimen PP typographyIssued on Tuesday 29 April 1845 in the Port Phillip Herald is reprinted by Golden Point Press in 2014. Size : 26 x 31.5 cm.

The appointment of William Joseph Sayers Clarke as overseer at the Port Phillip Herald marked a distinct advance in typography.

Clarke’s name first appeared as printer of the Herald on 29 July 1843 and he continued in this role until 28 November of the same year when George Cavenagh’s name replaced his on the imprint. Clarke’s stewardship ended abruptly when, Finn mentions Clarke being caught up in a libel case brought against the Herald by Anthony Hordern for defaming his father as being a convict being guilty of a “frightful atrocity.” This rumour, published as fact, resulted in a warrant being issued against Clarke as the registered printer of the Herald.

Cavenagh, to his credit stood by his employee, stepping in to protect his printer, was charged with the offence and pleaded guilty.

Clarke’s “Specimen of Port Phillip Typography” printed in blue ink on a single sheet of buff coloured paper was reprinted on the front page of the Herald a few days afterwards as a demonstration of the paper’s typographic sophistication in Job printing.

A manuscript is in preparation for a publication on the typography of George Cavenagh and William Joseph Sayers Clarke.

Other titles produced by Golden Point Press

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by Ron Grainger and published in 2003

230 mm paperback edition of 224 pages containing 19 plates and 36 pages of club tables in the appendix.

Going for the line : A History of Box Hill Rugby Football Club by Ron Grainger is still available from the club. Published by Golden Point Press, this publication, together with its 50th Anniversary supplement, gives an account of events, people and achievements of Box Hill Rugby Club to 2008. To obtain copies of this book and its accompanying 50th anniversary supplement, go to


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de Kretser, Ivor

The Genealogy and Lineage of the de Kretser Family of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1661 to 2006. ISBN 978-0-9757673-6-8, 2007.





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The Aboriginal Cricketers of the 1860’s (3rd. edition) ISBN 0-646-42957-4, 2005, with numerous location maps showing where the Aboriginal cricketers played in Australia and in their test matches in England.

Within three short years this team of tribal Aborigines, mostly from small, compact, areas of Western Victoria, mastered the rudiments of cricket and in 1868 was able to match it with long established English teams. Third edition, illustrated with photographs and maps.



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as told by Frederick Henry, Noel and Graeme Searle. Hardback edition ISBN. 978-0-9757673-8-0, 176 pages.

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Southern Invasion buyRex Harcourt, Southern Invasion–Northern Conquest:

Story of the founding of Melbourne, ISBN 0-646-40336-2, 2001.

The little known story of John Batman’s treaty documents and the intention expressed in them to give the Aboriginals he negotiated with, an annual tribute of goods in exchange for the use of land described in the documents. More recently the claim to be the founder of Melbourne has shifted to John Pascoe Fawkner and many traces of Batman’s claim to this title have been erased. Rex Harcourt’s book makes a convincing case for the reinstatement of Batman - a person maligned in fiction and ignored as a person of good intentions.



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No Place Home

Works on the 'Specialty Press' and also 'William Joseph Sayers Clarke' are currently in manuscript - check back later for advice on availability.

Pottery by Dennis Bryans

Ceramic bowl by Dennis Bryans

Bowl - 10cm high x 12cm wide. Please contact us re pricing.

Check back again as further items will be added from time to time.

Our print workshop contains


1 Heidelberg platen press (black ball).
1 Farley 18 x 27 proof press.
1 "Ideal" Guillotine.
1 book press
1 bench mounted lead cutter
1 hand held lead cutter.


1 Metal type rack, 32 cases.
1 double type cabinet, 48 cases.
1 wooden type cabinet, 24 cases.
1 wooden type cabinet, 20 cases.
1 metal type cabinet, 24 cases.
65 loose type cases.
1 narrow galley cabinet, leads, borders, etc.
3 standard galley cabinets, type, standing matter, blocks, furniture, leads, reglets.

In storage

1 Chandler & Price old style platen press, damaged, complete.
1 Chandler & Price new style platen press, damaged, incomplete.
1 copperplate rolling press.
1 "Imperial" Albion-stype press.
1 Adast Graphopress.
1 Hilton tooling Co. etching press.
1 Golding platen press.
1 Frederick Ulmer card press.
1 Douglas Saw.

This list is included for the interest of type and print enthusiasts.