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Old machinery still a mystery

Thursday August 09, 2018 Written by Published in Local
These very old machine parts could be from an early printing press used by missionaries at Takamoa Mission House. 18080735 These very old machine parts could be from an early printing press used by missionaries at Takamoa Mission House. 18080735

A collection of what appears to be parts from an early printing press leaning against a tree in the grounds of Takamoa Theological College has attracted new interest from Cook Islands Christian Church general secretary Nga Mataio.

 

Alerted to the fact that it was possible the rusting components could be from a printing press used by early missionaries based at Takamoa, Mataio said it appeared his predecessors hadn’t been much interested in the intriguing old parts.

“When I came on the scene in 2005, there was therefore not much (information) for me to understand the history of some of these things,” the former Agriculture secretary said. 

“I did get the impression just by looking back then that the parts must belong to a printer used by the church before or after 1900. But there wasn’t much historic information for me and I suppose for others before me, to be able to appreciate its value and therefore try to do the right thing by having it displayed in our little gallery downstairs, for example.” 

Mataio now plans to research the mystery components, and anyone with information that might help is welcome to contact him on 26547.