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05-January-2015
05-January-2015

Photographs supplied by Russell Byers / Peter F Williams / John Huth
Two stained glass windows commemorate the 500th anniversary of the invention of printing in Europe in 1440.

In 1440, German inventor Johannes Gutenberg invented a printing press process that, with refinements and increased mechanization, remained the principal means of printing until the late 20th century. The inventor's method of printing from movable type, including the use of metal molds and alloys, a special press, and oil-based inks, allowed for the first time the mass production of printed books. 

Location

Address:Macquarie Street, Mitchell Library, Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.866296
Long: 151.213233
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:1440
Approx. Event End Date:1940

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1940
Front Inscription

Window :

The publication of the first 
Australian newspaper in 1803

1440 -This Window Was Given By The Proprietors Of  "The Sun"- 1940 
To Commemorate The 500th Anniversary Of The Invention Of Printing In Europe

Window:

William Caxton presenting his Recuyell of Troye to Margaret of York

Plaque :

Two Of The Windows Above Were Given To Commemorate
The 500th Anniversary Of The Commencement
       Of Printing In Europe In 1440.
One Window By The N.S.W. Master Printers And
          Allied Trades Association
The Other By The Printing Industry Employees Union
                        And The
N.S.W. Amalgamated Printing Trades Union

 

Source: MA
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