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Lead type used by William Colenso

Lead type used by William Colenso

This lead type is likely to have been brought to New Zealand by William Colenso in December 1834 along with a Stanhope press. Colenso, a printer, had been sent to New Zealand by the Anglican Church Missionary Society. On 17 February 1835 he completed the first pamphlet to be printed in New Zealand, Paul's epistles to the Ephesians and Philippians (from the New Testament of the Bible) translated into Māori. This typeface may well have been used for that publication.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Curios-008-008

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Elizabeth Caffin, 'Publishing - Church and state: the first publishers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Elizabeth Caffin, published 22 Oct 2014