photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This family photograph, titled Xmas 1916, comes from the F.T. Wimble and Co Ltd Archive which was donated to the Museum in 1995. It pictures Frederick Thomas Wimble, aged seventy, with his wife, children and a granddaughter.
Fred T. Wimble was a son of Benjamin Wimble – a pioneer of colour printing ink in the UK. He arrived in Melbourne in 1867 and very quickly recognised the need for locally manufactured ink. It didn’t take long for his plans to come to fruition – the first Australian printing ink was produced year later in 1868 and by 1875 Wimble’s inks were widely used not only across Australia but also in New Zealand.
The Powerhouse Museum has a significant collection of Wimble’s printing equipment and archival material.
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