Meet our Team

 
  Ray Dart    Ray has been in the game longer than most. Having started out as a letterpress printer, Ray found his way into Commercial bookbinding, nad successfully ran a large reputable trade house, Ormond Bindery, before acquiring Doncaster Bookbinders.     With the days of running large trade binderies behind him,  his wealth of experience is invaluable in the bespoke custom hand binding arena. From the smallest one of restoration, to runs of 100+ soft or hard cover books, Ray has direct involvement in almost every job that makes its way through the bindery       

Ray Dart

Ray has been in the game longer than most. Having started out as a letterpress printer, Ray found his way into Commercial bookbinding, nad successfully ran a large reputable trade house, Ormond Bindery, before acquiring Doncaster Bookbinders. 

With the days of running large trade binderies behind him,  his wealth of experience is invaluable in the bespoke custom hand binding arena. From the smallest one of restoration, to runs of 100+ soft or hard cover books, Ray has direct involvement in almost every job that makes its way through the bindery

 

 

  Jeremy Dart    As a second generation bookbinder and serial entrepreneur to boot, Jeremy can see an evolving future in this craft. Jeremy has spent many years in both the Hospitality and Sales fields, but with   bookbinding in his blood, it was a matter of time before he would find his way into the family business.    Always pushing the envelope and trying new ways to opportunities for and within the hand binding sector, Jeremy brings a fresh approach to this time-honoured profession, and is passionate about ensuring the love of books and bookbinding continues to be passed on to the next generation

Jeremy Dart

As a second generation bookbinder and serial entrepreneur to boot, Jeremy can see an evolving future in this craft. Jeremy has spent many years in both the Hospitality and Sales fields, but with bookbinding in his blood, it was a matter of time before he would find his way into the family business.

Always pushing the envelope and trying new ways to opportunities for and within the hand binding sector, Jeremy brings a fresh approach to this time-honoured profession, and is passionate about ensuring the love of books and bookbinding continues to be passed on to the next generation

Our History

For over 30 years, and many generations, Doncaster Bookbinders has been a key player in the bookbinding industry in Victoria and throughout Australia.

Established in the 1980s by Bruno Olbertz, Doncaster Bookbinders was a small but efficient hand bindery, quickly developing a strong reputation for quality craftsmanship.

Originally based in the Heidelberg/Ivanhoe area, Doncaster Bookbinders was increasingly called upon for bespoke thesis binding, magazine and journal binding from local colleges, professional organisations, councils, many other Government organisations and private individuals for their binding needs.

In the mid-1990s, with the original owners nearing retirement, the Dart family took the opportunity to acquire Doncaster Bookbinders as a going concern. Having successfully operated Ormond Bindery for many years, the hand bindery was a perfect complement to an already well reputed Print Finishing house.

Doncaster Bookbinders remained operating from the same premises in Ivanhoe, and eventually the business was moved to its current location in Moorabbin.

In 2010, after an offer was made to purchase Ormond Bindery, the Dart family decided to concentrate its efforts on reinvigorating and growing Doncaster Bookbinders. By changing its management structure, finding efficiencies throughout the business and, most importantly, focusing on providing a positive customer experience, it caused a revolution in the business.

Now, with three generations of the Dart family working the business, all with unprecedented experience, training and knowledge, the future has never looked brighter or more secure. As one of only a few hard-case hand binders left in the Australian marketplace, we are positioned to meet the constant needs of individual, organisational and trade short-run hard case binding.

To complement our traditional hand binding techniques we have invested in some of the newest technology available which ensures accuracy, detail and the highest quality when it comes to finishing.

The future? We will always stay true to our bookbinding heritage. and  to what we know and are known for. Our focus is to work closely with Graphic Designers, Printers and individual enthusiasts, ensuring we enhance each of their strengths, delivering to expectations and creating a positive experience and conversation around books and book binding and the wider print finishing industry.

We are passionate about a resurgence in book binding, and aim to be in the mix in bringing this about. We are striving to teach what we know, so books, their structure and their value continue with us all into the future. We are constantly searching and researching for new ways that our proven book binding techniques can be used and applied to current trends and new market applications.