ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK: Today’s artefact depicts a Gestetner Duplicator. Duplicating machines were the predecessors of modern document-reproduction technology. David Gestetner (20 March 1854, Csorna, Hungary – 8 March 1939, London) was the inventor of the Gestetner stencil duplicator, the first piece of office equipment that allowed production of numerous copies of documents quickly and inexpensively. He was awarded the John Scott Medal of The Franklin Institute in 1888. If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or email@example.com, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to: TN.0022.42.