The NSW Division of the Junior Printing Executives Association (JPE) held a reunion of its past and present members and presidents last week, which proved to be an ideal opportunity for printing professionals across multiple generations to come together and reflect on the changing nature of the trade over the past half century.
The Reunion was held at the Great Northern Hotel at Chatswood in Sydney, and was well attended by just over 40 people, including 21 ex JPE presidents. Adam Todd, current JPE NSW president says that because of this, there was a good mix of the old generation of letterpress printers through to the new age of digital printers and suppliers.
Todd says a highlight of the evening was a visit by Ross Redfern, who was the former head of Granville Press. Redfern revealed that he had been forced to resign from the JPE at the age of 40 under the rules of the old JPE constitution, an even that took place 35 years ago. Todd was impressed that despite his being forced out, Redfern, and other former members, took the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the association.