our Printing & Publishing Team

Meet our Printing & Publishing team below, see who covers which roles in the industry, and learn about the history of Clark & Mackay.

MANAGING DIRECTOR

JASON SMITH

Jason is the managing director of Clark and Mackay. Taking care of your print and publishing needs, he ensures you are getting the right price and product for your needs.

ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

KARLIE HALING

Karlie works in the administration and accounts department managing incoming queries and requests along with the general administration required to keep the company ticking.

PRINTING MACHINIST

GARY DEMPSEY

Gary is the giant who manages the general production of the warehouse. Ensuring that everything moves smoothly throughout the various production departments, it is Gary who has his finger on the pulse.
Clark and Mackay Gary
Clark and Mackay Team Sandy

BINDERY AND DISPATCH MANAGER

SANDRA MIERS

Sandra works in the finishing department at Clark and Mackay. She leads the binding process of all our books, including cover lamination and book trimming. She is primarily responsible for the majority of books and printed material being shipped all over the country.

GUILLOTINE OPERATOR

JEFFREY HARPENG

Jeff is the production assistant primarily working on the guillotine cutting and chopping printed material ready for the finishing and binding department.
Clark and Mackay Team Jeff

our story

1928

Bert Clark & John Mackay Founded by Mr Clark & Mr Mackay, located in Adelaide Street, Brisbane City.

Print was produced using wooden type, with each word being composed one letter at a time using hand fed and foot powered printing presses.

1945​

Ian Mackay returned from WWII and joined the firm followed soon after by his brother Garth.

1964​

Neil Mackay (Ian’s son) joined the firm while undergoing an Apprenticeship as a Printing Machinist.

Mid 1960s​

Clark & Mackay purchased a factory and moved to 386 Montague Rd, West End.

The firm consisted of 5 Letterpress, 1 Offset – no Bindery equipment apart from a Stapler & Punching machine.

Late 1960s​

Purchase and merge of Coronation Press began the evolution of what became a rapidly growing firm.

1969
Ross Mackay (Ian’s second son) joined the firm doing an Apprenticeship as a Compositor. This began the transition from hand set type and hot metal composition to computers and digital settings. The building at West End was extended twice, between 1969 – 1994.
1994

West End building was sold due to the evolving fashion industry in the area and moved to Rocklea – quadrupling in size.

1997

Paul Mackay (Neil’s son) joined the firm while undergoing an Apprenticeship as a Printing Machinist.

Purchase and integration of Leader Press (the printing arm of the Catholic Church).

2002
Purchase of new state of the art digital presses launched a new era for Clark & Mackay – embracing the evolution of digital technology.
2014
Relocated premises from 1 Railway Parade, Rocklea to a more modern establishment at 7 Colebard Street East, Acacia Ridge.
2020

Clark and Mackay was sold to OJ Creative Industries. Through this development we also brought on some exciting developments in book publishing, to have ourselves recognised as an independent publisher.

2022

Jason purchases business in its entirety and returns the Clark & Mackay operation to a family owned and operated business.

our founder & sons

Clark and Mackay Founders

FOUNDER / FIRST GENERATION

JOHN MACKAY

Born in 1880 John Mackay opened the firm of Clark & Mackay in 1928 with his partner Mr Bert Clark. They had both worked at the firm of Jackson & O’Sullivan before starting the business together. Prior to this John had been a foreman for Keid & Co Printers of Adelaide Street, and had even set examination papers for apprentices attending training colleges.

Clark and Mackay Founders and Sons

2ND GENERATION

IAN MACKAY

Ian Mackay, son of John Mackay was born in 1920. After leaving high school in 1936, he entered the business undergoing his apprenticeship as a Letterpress Machinist. He left later that year to serve in the army during the Second World War. After being wounded, Ian spent time in hospital and later returned to help his father in the business. By this time Mr Clark had passed away and Mr John Mackay was in sole charge until 1957 when he too died.

Some years later, Ian looked towards the future for his sons and had a new printing factory built in West End. All existing machinery was moved there, and soon after the entire factory was air conditioned. Ian was later responsible for this factory trebling in size. Ian has since passed away, however Clark & Mackay continue to hold onto a few of his loyal clients

3RD GENERATION

NEIL MACKAY

Neil Mackay was born in 1948. Growing up in Brisbane, he attended Brisbane Grammar School for his secondary education before taking up an Apprenticeship as a Printing Machinist specialising in Letterpress and Lithography (following his father’s footsteps). This was Neil’s fist love and he still enjoys the printing industry and customer liaison. Neil is currently the Managing Director of Clark & Mackay.

3RD GENERATION

ROSS MACKAY

Born in 1952 Mr Ross Mackay, attended Brisbane Grammar School. After completing Grade 12, Ross entered the firm as an Apprentice Compositor in the art department and attended classes in marketing, bookkeeping and later sales. Ross was also President of the Printing Employers Group in Queensland.

He has since retired from Clark & Mackay and is now a preacher within the Uniting Church.

4TH GENERATION

PAUL MACKAY

(Son of Neil Mackay) Paul Mackay, joined Clark & Mackay in 1997 while undergoing his Apprenticeship as a Printing Machinist. He too, follows in his father’s footsteps and is the fourth generation of Mackay to join the business. He completed a four year apprenticeship and worked for two years as a Printing Machinist before being promoted into a Sales position in 2002.

Paul has always had a talent for sports, especially Baseball where he played in Queensland Championships and successfully took out the Qld trophy as well as representing Australia in the Expos team over in the USA. Paul continues to enhance his knowledge of the printing industry by attending regular courses and workshops hosted by the Printing Industries Association of Australia.

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