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Broadford Courier Printing Office (Operated by Broadford Historical Society)

110 High Street Broadford Phone: (03) 5784 1970

Operated by the Broadford Historical Society, the Broadford Courier building in the main street was built in 1891. It operated continuously as a hand type set printing office until it closed in 1978. The interior remains the same as it was in 1978. It is a rare opportunity to see the printing process before the arrival of computers. A report on the building and its pre-linotype printing process observed "In terms of printing heritage, the Broadford Courier collection is of historical significance because it provides an intact and representative example of the kind of small-scale printing office that once proliferated in rural Australia, remnants of which have become exceedingly rare." Part of the reason for its importance is the unusual fact that the paper was still set and printed by hand as recently as 1970.

The Broadford Historical Society also manages Mills Cottage, a pioneer cottage, and a school house in the area.

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