Joe Barry at work (c. 1973)
Joe Barry at work at the press, Dimboola Banner newspaper and printing house, c.1973.
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From the collection of Dimboola & District Historical Society.
Joe Barry finished school and took up a job at the Dimboola Banner in 1948. Starting out as a “printer’s devil” responsible for all manner of dirty jobs, he gradually acquired a range of trade skills in compositing and setting type and in operating various printing presses and other machines.
In 1983, Joe acquired the Banner himself and ran it as a family business. From this point, he also became the newspaper’s editor, news reporter, photographer and proofreader, amongst other things. After he sold the Banner a few years later Joe continued to work at the Banner until he retired in 2001.
Now retired, Joe continues to write a column for the Banner and, more importantly, plays a vital role in the operation of the Dimboola Printing Museum as chief printer, technical instructor, tour guide and raconteur.