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Weldon (brand), Weldon Electric Supply Co. and Bloch & Gerber Ltd.; Sydney, NSW

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Name: Weldon (brand), Weldon Electric Supply Co. and Bloch & Gerber Ltd.; Sydney, NSW    (AUS)  
alternative name:
Bloch & Gerber
Abbreviation: weldon
Products: Model types
Summary:

Weldon Electric Supply Co. Ltd.
8 Barrack Street, Sydney, NSW (1922-1925)
352 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW (1925-1929)
48 York Street, Sydney, NSW (1930-     )

Bloch & Gerber Ltd.
46 - 48 York Street, Sydney, NSW (          -1966)

Brand: Weldon

Bloch & Gerber Ltd., in association with Weldon Electrical Supply Company, Ltd., manufactured and marketed Weldon Brand Radios from 1930 until the early 1950’s.

They manufactured many interesting radios including the "Mystic" combined table lamp and radio and the "Radioclock" series of clocks with concealed radios.

Founded: 1922
Closed: 1966
Production: 1930 - 1953
History:

Weldon Electric Supply Coy. was registered in August 1922 as an electrical supply company by Leonard T West and Vincent J Buckley. [1]

In June 1924, the Weldon Electric Supply Company Ltd. was formed by Leo James Salmon, Vincent T west and Vincent J Buckley and acquired the Weldon Electric Supply Coy.[2]

The company supplied radio parts: -

  • Enamelled Wire
  • Double Cotton Covered Wire.
  • Silk Covered Wire.
  • Aerial Wire.
  • Repeater Headsets.
  • Bakelite.

They moved to larger premises in Kent Street, Sydney in April 1925.[3]

In June 1926 they advertised the US manufactured, 6 valve Bosch Amborola.[4]

They were also agents for Claritone loudspeakers, Volton batteries & Viking audio transformers.

In March 1928, a fire broke out at the rear of the warehouse of the Weldon Electrical Supply Company, Ltd., on the ground floor of 352 Kent Street. Damage was estimated at several thousand pounds to stock and office furnishings. The fire was confined to the ground floor, the remainder of the building, which comprises seven floors, being only slightly damaged. Much electrical stock, however, was damaged by water and a large quantity of electrical stock was destroyed. [5]

The salvage from the fire was auctioned by the Insurance assessor on March 15, 1928, [6]

In September 1928 Block & Gerber advertised as “Block & Gerber with which is associated Weldon Electric Supply Company Ltd.” [7]

The fire was most probably the cause of Weldon Electric going into voluntary liquidation in Dec 1928. [8]

Bloch & Gerber Ltd., filed a court case against the liquidators in August 1929. [9]

It is not clear as to what the outcome of the case or the liquidation was but in June 1930 Weldon Electric started to advertise the Weldon All Electric Three at the Block & Gerber address at 48 York Street.

In a September 1930 article in the Truth Newspaper titled “Men Behind Radio” stated that Mr O. Thomas has been appointed manager of the Wireless Department of Bloch & Gerber Ltd., which is associated with the Weldon Electric Supply Co. Ltd. to market Weldon receivers. [10]

In December 1930 they manufactured chassis for the trade. [11]

Also, in December 1930 they started manufacturing complete radios such as the Weldon E1 combination.

Bloch & Gerber were importers of Swiss timepieces and these were incorporated into the "Radioclock" series of Mantel and Grand Father Clock radios.

All radio advertising from 1929 until the early 1950’s included the association between the two companies.

History of Bloch & Gerber Ltd.

In 1918 Bloch & Gerber started to import Swiss products, watches, chemicals, drugs, and clothing.

By 1925 they added Swiss gramophone accessories to their imports.

Bloch and Gerber Ltd., was registered in April 1926 as Commission Agents, Auctioneers, and Insurance Brokers with first directors, Eugene Bloch (1881-1957) and Eugene Gerber. [a]

In 1929 the were one of the many Australian agents for Cossor valves and the Cossor Melody Maker.

The company continued as general importers and added Swiss clocks to their inventory.

They started manufacturing Weldon radios in association with Weldon Electric Supply Co. Ltd., in 1930 at 48 York St. Sydney. By 1934 they also occupied 46 York St. They continued manufacture after the war but their radios were no longer listed in the AORSMs after 1951. Production had ceased by 1953.

Bloch & Gerber Ltd. was liquidated in June 1966. [b]

[1] Duns Gazette, Sep 18, 1922, Page 187.
[2] Duns Gazette, Jun 2, 1924, Page 387.
[3] Wireless Weekly, Apr 3, 1925, Page 30.
[4] Wireless Weekly Jun 11, 1926, Supplement Page 3.
[5] The Telegraph (Qld) Mar 1, 1928, Page 8
[6] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Mar 14, 1928, page 3.
[7] Wireless Weekly Sep 14, 1928, Page 41
[8] Duns Gazette, Dec 10, 1928, Page 495.
[9] Daily Telegraph (NSW) Aug 27, 1929, Page 11
[10] Truth (NSW) Sep 7, 1930, Page 10.
[11] Wireless Weekly Dec 12, 1930, Page 44.

[a] The Herald (Vic) Apr 9, 1926, Page 16.
[b] Government Gazette (NSW) Jun 17, 1966, Page 2446.

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  46–48 AM545 6A8G   
AUS  30 101   Uses type 245 power valve. 
AUS  30 E1 [Console] unknown_Tube  Chassis is also used in the E1 Combination. 
AUS  30 E1 [Combination] unknown_Tube  Chassis is also used in the E1 Console. 
AUS  34 Standard Superhet 57  This set was called the "Standard" superhet because it was Weldon's version of the 1934 "W... 
AUS  37 7/37BD 1C4  Price below is for "Shelly" cabinet. Also sold in "Coronation" cabinet for 37/16/-. 
AUS  37 8/37DE 6D6   
AUS  37 5/37AD 1A4  Used Air Cells for L.T. 
AUS  37 5/37M EK2   
AUS  37 5/37BD 1C4   
AUS  37 7/37B 1C4   
AUS  37 5/37DE EK2   

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

[1] Duns Gazette, Sep 18, 1922, Page 187. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_1_duns_gazette_sep_18_1922_page_187.jpg
[2] Duns Gazette, Jun 2, 1924, Page 387. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_2_duns_gazette_jun_2_1924_page_387.jpg
[3] Wireless Weekly, Apr 3, 1925, Page 30. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_3_wireless_weekly_apr_3_1925_page_30.jpg
[4] Wireless Weekly Jun 11, 1926, Supplement Page 3. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_4_wireless_weekly_jun_11_1926_supplement_page_3.jpg
[5] The Telegraph (Qld) Mar 1, 1928, Page 8. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_5_the_telegraph_qld_mar_1_1928_page_8.jpg
[6] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Mar 14, 1928, page 3. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_6_the_sydney_morning_herald_nsw_mar_14_1928_page_3.jpg
[7] Wireless Weekly Sep 14, 1928, Page 41. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_7_wireless_weekly_sep_14_1928_page_41.jpg
[8] Duns Gazette, Dec 10, 1928, Page 495. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_8_duns_gazette_dec_10_1928_page_495.jpg
[9] Daily Telegraph (NSW) Aug 27, 1929, Page 11. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_9_daily_telegraph_nsw_aug_27_1929_page_11.jpg
[10] Truth (NSW) Sep 7, 1930, Page 10 Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_10_truth_nsw_sep_7_1930_p10.jpg
[11] Wireless Weekly Dec 12, 1930, Page 44 Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_11_wireless_weekly_dec_12_1930_page_44.jpg
[a] The Herald (Vic) Apr 9, 1926, Page 16. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_a_the_herald_vic_apr_9_1926_page_16.jpg
[b] Government Gazette (NSW) Jun 17, 1966, Page 2446. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_weldon_b_government_gazette_nsw_jun_17_1966_2446.jpg
Advertisement from the AORSM Vol 6, 1947, Page 350tbn_aus_weldon_ad_1947.jpg
Weldon Radios were sold in WA by Craig & Co Ltd. From the West Australian, 4 April 1933.tbn_aus_craig_co_weldon_ad_wan_4_4_33.jpg
Weldon radios were sold by Craig & Co Lrt. in WA. From the West Australian, 27 may 1931.tbn_aus_craig_co_weldon_ad_wan_27_may_31.jpg
Advert for 1938 models. from the Radio Trade Annual 1938, page 135.tbn_aus_weldon_ad_rta38_p135.jpg
1936 Advert. Wireless Weekly Nov 6, 1936, Page 27tbn_aus_weldon_wireless_weekly_nov_6_1936_page_27.jpg
Weldon 1939 Models. Wireless Weekly Mar 29, 1939, Page 23.tbn_aus_weldon_advert_wireless_weekly_mar_29_1939_page_23.jpg

  
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