F. W. Niven & Co.

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F.W. Niven Invoice, 1890, Federation University Historical Collection Cat.No.4825

F. W. Niven & Co. were printers, bookbinders, engravers and lithographers whose premises (according to the Australasian Federal Directory) were located at 34 Sturt Street, Ballarat.[1]

Contents

Background

F.W. Niven was listed on an invoice dated 01 June 1876 as a mining and commercial stationer, engraver, lithographer and general printer situated at 9 Lydiard Street, Ballarat. [2] By 1882 F.W. Niven was situated at 34 Sturt Street.[3]

The same business was again listed on an invoice dated 30 June 1879 as a mining and commercial stationer, engraver, lithographer and general printer. In the same year the business was situated on 34 Sturt Street, Ballarat.[4]

History

Was operating as F. W. Niven - Mining & Commercial Stationer, or Ballarat Engraving and Lithographic Printing Office, from a site at 9 Lydiard Street in 1873 to 1876. [5][6]

Bookplate printed by F.W. Niven, c1873, Federation University Historical Collection Cat.No.8500

F.W. Niven & Co. became a large printing business at Ballarat, employing seventy staff members at its peak, and having some £7000 worth of machinery. The firm began a publishing campaign in the 1870s that brought it international recognition for elegantly produced books such as William Bramwell Withers' History of Ballarat (1887) and The Cyclopedia of Victoria (1903-05).[7]

Developments

Difficulties

Site

Niven and Co. was situated at 56 - 58 Lydiard Street, Ballarat. <1873>

9 Lydiard Street (1873-1876>)

In 1882 they were situated at 34 Sturt Street.[8]

Innovations

Niven and his son Henry Ninian (1862-1925), who was later to become manager and partner, patented 'an improved gelatine printing plate' on 7 July 1891.[9]


Community Involvement

Invoice. Federation University Historical Collection.

Works Produced

Workplace Relations

The People

Andrew McKissock

Engravers

J. H. Barbery possibly completed the engraving for the Ballarat School of Mines plan depicted below.

Manager

H. W. H. Irvine, commercial manager (1882>)[10]

Legacies

Plan of the Ballarat School of Mines printed in the Ballarat School of Mines Museum, Federation University Historical Collection Cat.No.032

Plan of the Ballarat School of Mines printed in the Ballarat School of Mines Museum Catalogue, 1882 (Federation University Historical Collections Cat.No.032)

See also

I. H. Barbery

Francis W. Niven

Recommended Reading

References

  1. Rogers, J. W. F. (ed.). (c. 1887). The Australasian Federal Directory of Commerce, Trades & Professions. Melbourne: J. W. F. Rogers.
  2. Invoice held in the University of Ballarat Historical Collection (Cat. No. 5488).
  3. Plan of the Ballarat School of Mines printed in the Ballarat School of Mines Museum Catalogue (University of Ballarat Historical Collections Cat.No.032)
  4. Invoice held in the University of Ballarat Historical Collection (Cat. No. 5488).
  5. Ballarat Directory 1875
  6. Ballarat engraving and Lithographic Printing Office invoice to the Ballarat School of Mines, 01 March 1973. Federation University Historical Collection [Cat. No. 9222].
  7. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/niven-francis-wilson-13132
  8. Niven's Guide Book and Souvenir of Ballarat, 1882.
  9. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/niven-francis-wilson-13132
  10. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/niven-francis-wilson-13132; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013


Further Reading

External Links

http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/f-w-niven/


--SS 11:17, 8 December 2011 (EST), --C.K.Gervasoni 14:40, 7 May 2012 (EST); --C.K.Gervasoni 09:54, 22 November 2012 (EST)

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