||New Zealand's first newspaper, the New Zealand Gazette, began in 1840 on a beach near what today is Wellington. James Muir happened along the beach at a propitious time; a qualified printer from Edinburgh, who had much adventuring along the way, he not only repaired the newly arrived press but pulled the first damp sheet. He went on to become a partner in the highly successful Wellington Independent.
Printer's ink runs through six generations of the Muir family. In 1884 Allan Ramsay Muir bought the long-running Poverty Bay (Gisborne) Herald. Today it is one of only four daily independent newspapers in New Zealand.
This is not just a story of a family, as it peers behind the scenes of New Zealand's newspaper world. Extraordinary changes have occurred in the world of printing and communication during this 175-year period and Printer's Progress is a social history from the shop floor.
The book was launched at Parliament House in NZ in April 2015 – the publisher is the Gisborne Herald Co. Ltd., P.O. Box 1143, Gisborne, New Zealand. There didn’t seem to be a place for this.