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History of Curry Printing

Arthur Curry once had an interest in the Leader Newspaper, back when the local newspaper was a community based paper assembled in Mornington.

The office that produced the copy / editorial was in a tin shed located in Gordon Street. Within the Leader Office, Arthur used to do commercial printing for the local area. The time was late 60’s, early 70’s.

The sale of the local newspaper in the mid 70’s saw a change in direction for Arthur and his wife Barbara. The commercial print shop attached to the old newspaper was not included in the sale, so Arthur and Barbara set up trading at 63c Barkly Street, Mornington. Arthur worked the machines at the back, while Barbara did typesetting, sales and finishing.

In the early 90’s with Arthur’s health failing, the Curry family decided to sell their business. It was bought by the Ryan brothers who, after trading for 3 years decided to sell the business. It was bought by David Jones on July 1. 1995.

David entered into a lease with the landlord of 63c Barkly St for a 3 year term. The business began to trade well, and Curry Printing started to bulge out of the little shop in Barkly St. A subsequent deal saw Curry Printing occupying a garage located under the shop occupied by Brett McEwing Real Estate. This garage gave Curry Printing the room to grow and soon after, a Ryobi 2 colour press was bought from Sydney with help from the ANZ bank.

Towards the end of the lease on 63c Barkly Street, it was decided that a further 3 years was impractical as space was an issue. Land was sought and finally found at 187 Main Street, which was one of the last sites left in Main Street with an undeveloped back yard. Possession was given on 1 July, 1998 and the shop in Barkly Street was rented for a further 6 months until Christmas 1998, while a factory was built at the back of the new premises.

Over the end of year holiday break the machines were relocated into the new factory and Curry Printing started 1999 manufacturing in Main Street with a staff of 3. The Main Street presence had an immediate effect and sales / service started to climb to the extent that another shop assistant who could also do artwork was employed. The Main Street exposure led us to become more involved with photocopiers and so began our “copy shop” beginnings.

Another shop assistant was hired and the shop began running as a self contained unit supported by the printing activities out the back. Our email service began soon after and the wonder of file transfer without using Zip disks became more common.

As Mornington changed with the new millennium, so did Curry Printing. The business went through a makeover with a new corporate image and shop renovation. Customer expectations demanded more services, hence plan printing was introduced. The quality of printing these clients expected from Curry Printing led to the purchase of new machinery enabling these expectations to be met.

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