He gives his time as generously as he gives his knowledge but for retired printer John Payne he wouldn’t have it any other way and it is this commitment that was recognised recently with a Federal Government Certificate of Appreciation.
John has been a long serving volunteer at the Village and describes his time at the ‘Herberton Times’, an historical exhibit within the museum, as thoroughly enjoyable as he helps to print thousands of Wanted Posters each year.
The award was presented by Federal MP for Leichhardt Warren Entsch who met John when he visited the Village recently.
Mr Entsch said he was blown away by John’s knowledge of the printing machines, his enthusiasm to showcase how they operate, as well as the ongoing restoration work that he undertakes together with David McIvor, another volunteer at the Village.
“John’s hard work and commitment is a true reflection of all the employees and volunteers who work at the Village,” he said.
Historic Village Herberton owner Craig Kimberley praised John’s ongoing commitment and dedication to the Village and said he was delighted to see him recognised for his valuable work.
“The printing shop is one of the highlights of people’s time at the Village, purely because of John and David’s hard work, willingness to share their trade, and enthusiasm to see this information passed onto the next generation.
“Together they have printed tens of thousands of posters in the five years they have been volunteering at the Village, which is truly a wonderful achievement.
“All proceeds from the sale of the Wanted Posters, goes directly back into the huge task of restoring many of the old printing presses that they have in there,” he said.