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Tasma, brand of Thom & Smith; Mascot, NSW.

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Name: Tasma, brand of Thom & Smith; Mascot, NSW.    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: thomand
Products: Model types

Thom & Smith Pty. Ltd., Mascot, NSW Australia. Trade name Tasma.  Brands used: Tasma, Tasma-Ford (car radios), President Tasma, Motorola, Pope-Motorola.

Founded: 1929
Closed: 1957
Production: 1929 - 1957

Tasma was formed in 1929 by three ex-employees of Stromberg Carlson Australia; Fred Thom, John E. Smith and George Woodward.  The venture was successful and by 1938 the company had about 600 active dealers across Australia.  Tasma also diversified into other electrical products, for example, PMG type 3000 relays for telephone exchanges.

During World War Two Tasma manufactured transmitters and radar sets, and also 100 million plastic bullet tip cores for .303 ammunition, as well as many other mass produced items.

The requirements of the military during WWII and the Korean war took a great toll on Tasma, and around 1954 the company faced a severe liquidity crisis.  It then merged with President Consolidated, a refrigerator manufacturer.  The brand became President-Tasma at this time.  Thom and Smith negotiated with Motorola USA to manufacture television sets under the Motorola brand.  Just as this was happening (1956) President Consolidated folded, exposing Thom and Smith as a valuable asset.

Thom and Smith was then sold to the Pope Group, the brand changing to Pope-Motorola, and subsequently the company changing name to Pope Electronics.  See separate listing.

Fred Thom left and formed another company, Thom Electronics, in a factory across the road from the old Thom and Smith factory on Botany Road, Mascot.

This manufacturer was suggested by Peter Hughes.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  32 100 (M100) 224A  I.F. not known. 
AUS  32 125 (M125) 32   
AUS  34 Carlyle 135 57  See also version in standard cabinet & Chevron. 
AUS  34 Chevron 135 57  See also version in standard cabinet. 
AUS  35 Carlyle 190 77  See also Chevron version with same chassis. 
AUS  37 Homestead 455 (M455) CF2  See also console models Harvester M455, Carmen M455 & Ronsard M455. 
AUS  37 Ronsard 430 (M430) EK2  See also console model Harvester M430. 
AUS  37 Ronsard 455 (M455) CF2  See also console models Harvester M455, Homestead M455 & Carmen M455. 
AUS  37 Ronsard 470 (M470) 1C6  See also console model Harvester M470. 
AUS  37 Carmen 475 (M475) 1C4  See also console models Harvester M475 & Homestead M475. 
AUS  38 Debutante 530 6U7G  Chassis also used in the Princess 530 console model. 
AUS  38 Baby 575 1C7G  Chassis also used in the Ballerina 575 console model. 


Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

As advertised in "west Australian Wireless News" June 1, 1934tbn_aus_tasma_advert_1934.jpg
Advertisement from the Radio & Electrical Merchant, May 18, 1934.tbn_aus_tasma_ad_1934.jpg
1939 advert for 4 Tasma radios. Daily Advertiser (NSW) 6 May 1939 Page 3.tbn_aus_tasma_daily_advertiser_nsw_6_may_1939_p3_1939.jpg