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Crammond Radio Manufacturing Co. PTY.(Melton & Co.); Brisbane

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Name: Crammond Radio Manufacturing Co. PTY.(Melton & Co.); Brisbane    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: crammondra
Products: Model types
Summary:

Melton & Co.
42 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane (1912 – 1924)

Crammond Radio Manufacturing Co. PTY.
8 Queen Street, Brisbane, (1924 -     )

 

Crammond Radio Manufacturing Co. was established in 1928 as a subsidiary of Melton and Co., they were one of the earliest radio businesses in Queensland and had premises in Queen Street. [1] They designed and manufactured a range of domestic radio receivers and in the 1960’s radio transceivers.

Founded: 1912
Production: 1928 -
History:

Melton & Co. was registered in June 1912 as Photographers, Photograph Supplies and Importers.[2][3]

In July 1928 the company advertised that they have a subsidiary company called Crammond, Carter Radio Manufacturing [4] and in February 1930 that Mr. Alfred Crammond was their radio designer and had been with the company for years.[5]

They advertised AWA radios in August 1928 which the obtained from the Queensland AWA wholesaler JB Chandler & Co.[6] and Brisbane distributors for Atwater Kent in May 1929.[7]

In October 1930 with the tariff protection applied to imported radios, the company started manufacturing Crammond Receivers on a larger scale. [8]

 An advert for selling Philips radios in 1930 displayed Melton & Co., Photographic & Radio Supplies, A Crammond & TH Skinner as proprietors.[9]

Crammond Radio Co. [10], later, Crammond Radio Manufacturing Co. Ltd. [11] manufactured a wide variety of radios, a PH Meter in 1947 [12] and radio transceivers into the late 1960’s.

Advertisements after WW2 display an eagle for their Logo.[13]

 

[1] Queensland Museum/Communications/radio
[2] Queensland Times (Qld) Jun 24, 1912, Page 7. 
[3] The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Qld) Dec 5,1914, Page 1.
[4] Truth (Qld) Jul 22, 1928, Page 24.
[5] Truth (Qld) Feb 2, 1930, Page 27.
[6] The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) Aug 7, 1928, Page 18.
[7] The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) May 17, 1929, Page 26.
[8] Daily Standard (Qld.) Oct 18, 1930, Page 8.
[9] Truth (Qld.) Mar 9, 1930, Page 28.
[10] Daily Standard (Qld.) Mar 31, 1934, Page 4.
[11] Truth (Qld.) May 15, 1949, Page 29.
[12] Worker (Qld) Nov 3, 1947, Page 7.
[13] Worker (Qld.) Sep 23, 1946, Page 16.
 

This manufacturer was suggested by Wolfgang Scheida.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  30 Screen-Grid Four (4) [Console]   Advertised in the  “Daily Standard”(Qld), October 25, 1930.    
AUS  39 6-Valve portable combination short-wave and broadcast receiv   Advertised in “Queensland Country Life”( Qld.) September 7, 1939 
AUS  30 Screen-Grid Four (4) [Table]   Advertised in the “Daily Standard”(Qld), October 25, 1930. 
AUS  30 Baby Two (2) [Table] E424  Mentioned in the “Daily Standard”.(Qld.) December 6, 1930. Also advertised in the “... 
AUS  69 Super 70 Marine Transceiver CTR70, CTR70A 6AQ5  Marine HF transeiver combined with 3 band receiver, covering 540 - 1610 kHz broadcast... 
AUS  31 Gramo-Radio Combination   Advertised in the “Daily Standard”.(Qld.) April 25, 1931. Available with an A.G. or... 
AUS  30 Baby Two (2) [Consolette] E424  Mentioned in the “Daily Standard”.(Qld.) December 6, 1930. Also advertised in the “... 
AUS  49 733 1T4  This set has 5 bands: Medium Wave, 1 Short Wave band with 3 Bandspread bands. Mediu... 
AUS  64 CTR24 (CTR24P) 6BW6  This was a MF marine band transceiver for small craft, the receiver of which also cover... 
AUS  29 All-Metal Screen-Grid Solodyne   The illustration of this radio in the magazine mentioned below shows the use of two double... 
AUS  29 Screen-grid Short Wave   The wave bands were selected by plug-in coils. 
AUS  29 Super 3 (Shielded Three)    

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

~1954tbn_aus_crammondradio_address.jpg
From the “Worker”(Qld.), August 8, 1938.tbn_aus_crammond_ad_1938.jpg
Newspaper description of Crammond factory. From the “Daily Standard”( Qld.) March 14, 1931.tbn_aus_crammond_np_artical_1935.jpg
From the “Worker”,(Qld),October 21, 1946.tbn_aus_crammond_eagle_ad_1946.jpg
Possibly the lat Crammond Ad. From the “Western Herald”,(NSW), November 21, 1959tbn_aus_crammond_ad_1959.jpg
From the “Worker”.(Qld.) July 27, 1937.tbn_aus_crammond_ad_1937.jpg
This is the brochure for the Crammonnd CTR70_Atbn_ctr70_a_brochure.png
[2] Melton & Co. was registered in June 1912. Queensland Times (Qld) Jun 24, 1912, Page 7.tbn_aus_crammondra_2_queensland_times_qld_jun_1912_24_p7.jpg
[3] Melton & Co. were Photographers, Photograph Supplies and Importers. The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Qld) Dec 5, 1914, Page 1.tbn_aus_crammondra_3_camera.jpg
[4] In July 1928 the company advertised that they have a subsidiary company called Crammond, Carter Radio Manufacturing. Truth (Qld) Jul 22, 1928, Page 24.tbn_aus_crammondra_4_truth_qld_jul_1928_22_page_24.jpg
[5] Mr. A Crammond was their radio designer and had been with the company for years. Truth (Qld) Feb 2, 1930, Page 27.tbn_aus_crammondra_5_truth_qld._feb_2_1930_p_27.jpg
[6] They advertised AWA radios in August 1928 which the obtained from the Queensland AWA wholesaler JB Chandler & Co. The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) Aug 7, 1928, Page 18.tbn_aus_crammondra_6_the_brisbane_courier_qld_aug_7_1928_p18.jpg
[7] They advertised they were the Brisbane distributors for Atwater Kent in May 1929.[ The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) May 17, 1929, Page 26.tbn_aus_crammondra_the_brisbane_courier_qld_may_17_1929_p11.jpg
[8] In October 1930 with the tariff protection applied to imported radios, the company started manufacturing Crammond Receivers on a larger scale. Daily Standard (Qld.) Oct 18, 1930, Page 8.tbn_aus_crammondra_8_daily_standard_qld._oct_18_1930_p8.jpg
[9] An advert for selling Philips radios in 1930 displayed Melton & Co., Photographic & Radio supplies, A Crammond & TH Skinner as proprietors Truth (Qld.) Mar 9, 1930, Page 28.tbn_aus_crammondr_9_truth_qld._mar_9_1930_p28.jpg
[10] Crammond Radio Co. advert 1934. Daily Standard (Qld.) Mar 31, 1934, Page 4.tbn_aus_crammondra_10_daily_standard_qld._mar_31_1934_p4.jpg
[11] Crammond Radio Manufacturing Co. Ltd. notice 1949. Truth (Qld.) May 15, 1949, Page 29.tbn_aus_crammondra_11_truth_qld._may_15_1949_page_29..jpg
[12] the company manufactured a PH Meter in 1947. Worker (Qld) Nov 3, 1947, Page 7.tbn_aus_crammondra_12_worker_qld_nov_3_1947_page_7.jpg
[13] Advertisements after WW2 display an eagle for their Logo. Worker (Qld.) Sep 23, 1946, Page 16.tbn_aus_crammondra_13_worker_qld._sep_23_1946_page_16..jpg
Crammond Eagle Badge.tbn_aus_crammondra_eagle.jpg

  
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