Our first 125 years - Publishing, printing and beyond. 


Francis Hannan (1854 - 1907), founding family member who settled the Hannans in Australia from Ireland.

The beginning...

Since 1887, the Hannan family builds a chain of butchery businesses and an extensive property portfolio in Sydney.

Frank Norman Hannan (1895 – 1973) was responsible for expanding and diversifying the family’s business portfolio into publishing, forming the basis of the IPMG group we know today. In 1934, Frank establishes the family’s first newspaper, The Randwick District News.

The journey continues…

By 1961, a 50:50 joint publishing venture is formed between the Hannan and Packer family companies, Australian Consolidated Press and Fairfax Suburban Publications Pty Ltd, merging five competing papers into three. After 34 years of outsourcing the printing of their newspapers and magazines, the group acquires its first web offset press in 1968. Michael Hannan, the present Group Managing Director, joins the business and Hannanprint is formed.

In 1981 the group moves to heat-set web offset printing for magazines with the installation of its first Harris M200 press. Our first contracted heatset magazine contract is signed for printing the ACP owned modern Motor magazine in September 1981.

In 1985 Hannanprint Sydney pioneers the use of colour on gloss paper, making Courier Newspapers the first suburban newspaper in Australia to use colour.

In 1986 Hannanprint Sydney relocates to Alexandria, and is named the largest one site printing facility in the Southern Hemisphere. Hannanprint continues to expand in 1991 with the opening of its new Melbourne site at Noble Park. Hannanprint Victoria becomes the most modern printing facility in the state, with Royal Auto, Melbourne Age, Good Weekend magazine and BRW as foundation clients.

In 1997 Hannanprint Sydney proudly prints the largest ever issue of The Wentworth Courier at 368 tabloid pages - a world record in community newspaper publishing.

By 1998 all businesses of the Group come together under the banner of Independent Print Media Group (IPMG). The member companies that form IPMG Printing receive more 1998 National Print awards than any other printing group in Australia; 8 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze Print Awards as well as the Craft Award.

In 2003 the Hannan family acquires the remaining 50% of the IPMG business from Marinya, a company controlled by the JB and TV Fairfax companies. As a result, IPMG is now 100% privately owned by the members of the Hannan family.