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Kriesler Radio Company; Newtown (Sydney)

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Name: Kriesler Radio Company; Newtown (Sydney)    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: kriesler
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Kriesler Radio Company; 43 Alice Street, Newtown, Sydney, Australia: Founded about 1928 but sold to Philips in 1950. Australian production until 1973, name being used until 1983. In the 1950's the Kriesler Radio Company was ranked third in Australia's as a radio manufacturer.

Kriesler Radio Company in Newtown, Sydney was founded by Alec, Leo and Rae Weingott in Alice Street round about 1928. BIt manufactured mainly stencil lines for music houses, such as Elvy's and Palings. In 1933 the company was in trouble and liquidation seemed unavoidable. Kriesler was, by this time, one of the 243 registered radio manufacturers in Australia.

Percy Tuit, who had made his money from a hosiery wholesaling business, offered to buy the Kriesler Radio Company, and loaned the youngest Weingott (Rae) sufficient capital to take up a 49% interest. Kriesler continued to make stencil brands, but realised its own brand name was worth concentrating upon and did so.

Rae Weingott had flair was the master of the remotely controlled "magic lantern" and "voice over" techniques, well before it was used by others. One would believe he was presenting a new season's range of motor vehicles, not mere radios.

Ray Robinson on his HP, taken from "THE KRIESLER STORY", Fred Lane. Radio Waves Number 38, October 1991:
"Kriesler made a great contribution to Australia's 1939-1945 war effort, as the special Mingay's edition commemorating the effort of the Australian radio makers will testify. After the war, Kriesler put to good use its special "put aside" advertising account and that, plus inspirational phrases from Rae Weingott, such as: "Mirrorscopic Tuning", "Triple Throat", and those "Three Little Words - Kriesler Triple Throat"; resulted in Kriesler being ranked third in Australia's radio manufacturers prior to the advent of television in Australia in 1956."

"Perce and Rae sold Kriesler to Philips in about 1950 because they did not have the money to go into television without going public. They also believed their loyal staff worthy of care and what they did was best for them. The rationalisation of the Australian radio industry after 1973 included, in due course, the demise of the truly Australian Kriesler Radio brand name. The Caringbah - Sydney factory was closed in 1982 and the KRIESLER brand left the Australian market 31st December 1983."

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  47 11-5 - Version E ECH35  CIRCUIT: As on 11-5 circuit but with following alterations: (a) 6J8G valv... 
AUS  47 Beehive 11-4CZ, 11-4U, 11-4Y [ECH35 tube; pdyn speaker] ECH35   
AUS  47 11-5 - Versions C & D ECH35  Model 11-5C CIRCUIT: As on 11-5 circuit but with following alterations: (a) 6J8... 
AUS  64 Portable AM Transistor Radio 41-45 AF116N  Kriesler AM Portable Transistor Radio Model 41-45. Tuning Range 525 - 1635 kHz Spea... 
AUS  63 41-30 Ch= 89-8 OC170  This car radio has push button or manual permeability tuning. 
AUS  62 Carry Gram 41-31 Ch= 89-3 OC170  This portable radiogram uses a Kriesler record playing unit type 90-4390.  A BSR t... 
AUS  61 11-90 6AN7  This model is similar to the later model 11-99. 
AUS  63 11-93 Ch= 89-18 6AN7  This stereo radiogram uses a BSR type UA16 record changer.  The speakers are Rola ... 
AUS  60 11-83 6AN7  This stereo radiogram uses a BSR type HF8 player.  The right channel speaker has i... 
AUS  70 Playway 41-51 AF116N   
AUS  63 Stereo 6 - Multi-Sonic Stereo 11-133B 6AN7  Four speed automatic changer. Phono stereo only! Made in Australia. 
AUS  56 21-7 1T4  This radio has provision to rejuvenate the batteries, by switching to "charge" position. 


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Identifying an Australian Kriesler Radio
Wolfgang Scheida

Dear Australian radio collectors,

on the enclosed pics you will see my emigrated great-uncle Mr. Egon Herndl in approximately 1960 in Melbourne - Australia († 1960).

Australia Melbourne - Egon Herndl 1960 with a Kriesler Radio

Kriesler radio in detail: Australia Kriesler Radio approx. 1960

It seems that he used two radios. A Kriesler Radio/Phono combination as well as an unknown portable style radio. 

Australia Melbourne - Sydney / Mr. Egon Herndl with an unknown portable radio


Australia unknown portable radio

If you knowing this radios or even my great-uncle Egon Herndl too please do not hesitate to send me an email.


8/2008 W. Scheida Austria/Europe   



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