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Beale & Co. Ltd, Sydney

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Name: Beale & Co. Ltd, Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: beale
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Beale & Co. Ltd, Sydney.

Although primarily a manufacturer of pianos, Beale branded radios were well known in the 1930s. They did not make chassis, only cabinets. Chassis used in Beale branded radios were made by Breville, Kriesler, STC and others. Beale also made cabinets for use by other radio manufacturers.

Founded: 1893
Closed: 1961
Production: 1931 - 1940
Octavius Beale started manufacturing pianos in Annandale Sydney in 1893 and the factory eventually became the largest piano maker in the Southern Hemisphere and in the British Empire. By the late 20's they were making about 2500 per year.

The Great Depression and the popularity of radio hit Beale very hard such that even by 1936-37 their piano production was less than one tenth that of the 1926-27 figure. This downturn forced the firm to look elsewhere for profits. Their expertise in cabinate making and veneer production was turned to the construction of radio cabinets in 1931.

Production of radios ceased just after the start of WWII and was not resumed afterwards. The company was sold to W.H. Paling & Co. in 1961 and the last piano was made in about 1975.

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  37 Panchromatic 751 [with 75 valve.] AK2  Price below is for the "Hood" cabinet. This model was available in the "Amoret" cabinet an... 
AUS  37 Panchromatic 751 [with 6B7S valve.] AK2  Price below is for "Hood" cabinet. This radio was available in "Amoret" and "Maestro" cabi... 
AUS  36 754B 1C4  Uses synchronous vibrator power unit. 
AUS  37 752 EK2   
AUS  38 756WB 1M5G  Uses synchronous vibrator power unit. AORSM states that the I.F. is 446 kHz but Mingay's "... 
AUS  38 752A EK2   
AUS  40 185 6J8G   
AUS  40 481 EK2G   
AUS  34 6AB [Armoire cabinet] 6A7   
AUS  34 6AB [Mistral cabinet] 6A7   
AUS  34 6BE 34  The price below was for the "Minstral Pianostyle" cabinet variation. It was also availabe ... 
AUS  34 8BL   This model uses a Westinghouse copper oxide rectifier as the second detector. The price b... 


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

Advertisement from the “West Australian Wireless & Musical World”, April 18, 1932, Page 56.tbn_aus_beale_ad_1932..jpg
Advertisement from the "Mirror" (WA) newspaper, October 3, 1931.tbn_aus_beale_ad_1931.jpg
Beale advertisement from the Electrical & radio exhibition 1934,Town Hall, Sydney, February 28th - March 10th.tbn_aus_beale_ad_electrical_radio_ex_1934.jpg
Beale 1937 prices. Wireless Weekly Aug 13, 1937, page 68tbn_aus_beale_wireless_weekly_aug_13_1937_page_68.jpg
Beale advert from July, 1936. The Home Jul 1, 1936, Page 9tbn_aus_beale_the_home_jul_1_1936_page_9.jpg
1936 advert describing the Beale Speaker Tone Chamber. Wireless Weekly Dec 11, 1936, Page 4tbn_aus_beale_wireless_weekly_dec_11_1936_page_4.jpg
The Beale Factory, 41-47 Trafalgar St., Annandale, NSW. The Bulletin_ May 14, 1925, Page 6. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_beale_the_bulletin_may_14_1925_page_6.jpg
Amateur Radio & Broadcast Monthly Nov 1 1933, P14. worldradiohistory.comtbn_aus_beale_amateur_radio_broadcast_monthly_nov_1_1933_p14.jpg

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Artistic Radio Furniture By courtesy of Beale & Co. Ltd.
Gary Cowans


(By courtesy of Beale & Co. Ltd.)

The Radio Cabinet has grown up. It has developed from an uninteresting, inartistic, stained, turned-leg monstrosity into a fine piece of furniture that typifies sheer beauty in line, figure and lustre. Beautiful speciments of high-grade cabinet work in Queensland Walnut, Queensland Maple Blackwood, Satinwood, English Burr Walnut, are to be seen at the new showrooms of Beale & Co. Ltd., who are responsible for this transformation, and to whom we are indebted for information on the subject of artistic furniture.



Trees are like men. Heredity, environment, circumstances, are causes that differentiate one man from another. No two are ever just alike. Similarly, one tree differs from another because of variation in environment, soil, climate, culture. Apart from distinguishing family traits, no two trees are ever really twins. It is this diversity in Nature, this variety of habit, verdue and fruitage, which constitutes the glory of the forest and intrigues our mutual admiration.

There is an unwritten biography in the heart of every tree. Something akin to tragedy and adventure, joy, and sorrow, are interwoven in its life experience as it yields its boughs to the vicissitudes of the seasons. The ruthlessness of winter and the desolating drought, not less than the benediction of sun and shower, have recorded their indelible impress upon the tapestries of its heart. Beauty and strength have been won at the cost of its life struggle.

Some of the loveliest effects in figured timbers are due entirely to climatic causes. Australia, with its variable climate— tropical in certain regions, with extremes of cold and heat in others - has been richly endowed by Nature with beautiful and decorative timbers.

The timber resources of our country have been classified into not less than 5000 different varieties— grouping themselves principally under two categories:

(1) Constructional Hardwoods; (2) Cabinet woods.

It is in the last-named group that our present interest centres.

The finer cabinet woods of the Commonwealth surpass those of other countries in figure, grain, weight, and texture. These qualities are claimed for them in general, whilst many are unique in other respects, possessing characteristic features which distinguish them as Australian. What Cabinet wood, for instance, could be so typically Australian as;

Queensland Maple: This precious timber may be said to hold first place in the esteem of lovers of beautiful Australian woods. It is one of the prime cabinet woods of the world, ranking with Cedar, Mahogany and Walnut.

This timber grows only on the tropical highlands of North Queensland. It possesses a character and refinement all its own. Judged on similar standards it is wholly superior to the famous Honduras Mahogany. Its pearly sheen, its high lights, transfigured by beautiful water wave and cloud effects, are most effective. It veneers and plies perfectly, bends satisfactorily under steam, and “takes glue” excellently. It stains readily and can be polished to a very high lustre. Throughout the Commonwealth, it is the most popular wood for shop and office fittings, mantlepieces, wainscotting, veneered panels for high-class furniture, and architectural interior decoration of walls, ceilings, doors, etc. Indeed, for cabinetwork generally it has no equal. Its toughness and strength is availed of for laminated bulkheads and propellers in aeroplane construction. Sir Ross Smith finished his historic flight from England with a maple propeller made in Queensland.

Queensland Walnut: This splendid timber is peculiarly a Beale product - in the sense that this Company were the pioneers in commercialising it. Thirty-five years ago, our research and study into the baffling and unique problems of sawing and handling Queensland Walnut were commenced. To-day its fame is established far beyond Australia.
Queensland Walnut predominates in the creations of eminent French, German, and English designers, as witness the leading Furniture Journals. It is much sought after by American manufacturers, who market it under the trade name of “Oriental Walnut,” and who frankly acknowledge its superiority over the American – grown species.

The colourations of this wood are typically walnut, revealing themselves in rich definite markings of blacks, browns, and chocolates. It has an amazing beauty of figure presenting oftimes the effect of a richly flowered shadow tapestry. Because of its impressive beauty, its fine texture and perfect finish under polish, Queensland Walnut is prescribed for all plywood cabinet work demanding the expression of quality and refinement. For decorative internal panelling’s, fittings and high-grade furniture, it is an ideal choice. Its remarkable effect in interior decoration may be seen in the Commonwealth Buildings at Canberra. The veneered encasements of Beale Pianos and Radio Receivers, for which it is extensively used, also reflect its rare beauty.

Amateur Radio & Broadcast Monthly Nov 1, 1933, Page 14 & 25

Beale & Co. Ltd, Sydney
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