Some time ago I gave workmate Aaron Hall a Remington Monarch portable typewriter for his little daughter, Siobhan. After receiving it, Aaron told me that from time to time Siobhan would ask Aaron or her mother Erin for the typewriter to be taken down from the closet so she could use it. Given she was showing so much interest in it, I began to worry that the typing action on the Monarch was a little too heavy for someone of her age. So I suggested giving her something lighter to type with, such as an Olivetti Lettera 32.
Just after my typewriter exhibition opened at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Aaron and Siobhan visited it and I handed her the Olivetti.
Aaron takes up the story: "After receiving a lovely lightweight Olivetti from Robert Messenger, Canberra's Siobhan Hall takes it for her first test drive at home. The five-year-old has since figured out the carriage return lever and has been using the little aluminium machine to write short stories using the latest words she has been learning."