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A cast-iron demy Albion newspaper handpress painted dark green with red highlights and a natural metal removable platen. This printing press, manufactured by Jonathon and Jeremiah Barrett in London in 1830, is thought to be one of the oldest surviving in New Zealand. It was purchased Taranaki Herald proprietor William Collins in Auckland in 1852 and shipped from Manukau to New Plymouth where it was used to print the Taranaki Herald, New Plymouth's evening paper, from its first issue on 4 August 1852 until 1862. The Albion press was invented by Richard Whittaker Cope in 1820 and worked with a toggle-jointed lever instead of a screw, making it easier to operate.
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