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Howard Radio Pty. Ltd.; Richmond VIC

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Name: Howard Radio Pty. Ltd.; Richmond VIC    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: howardaus
Products: Model types
Summary:

Howard Radio Pty. Ltd.
Vere Street, Richmond, Vic (1928-      ) 

Howard Electrical & Radio Co. Ltd. 
Vere Street, Richmond, Vic (1941-            ) 

Howard radios were manufactured by Howard Radio Pty. Ltd. in the factory of the Carnegie Piano Factory, Vere Street, Richmond, Melbourne.

They manufactured from 1930 until the mid-1940s when the company became a radio wholesaler.

Founded: 1928
Production: 1930 - 1945
History:

Howard Radio Pty. Ltd. was registered in 1928 with first directors Walter Howard Carnegie, Frederick James Henderson, Henry Lambert Carnegie & Jabes Lewis Carnegie. The company’s factory was in the Carnegie piano factory in Verd Street, Richmond. [1]

The Carnegie family set up Howard Radio Pty. Ltd. with experienced radio engineer Frederick J Henderson (1891- ) who had sailed on S.S. Aurora on the 1913 Mawson Antarctic expedition and gained experience in the PMG and RAN in designing and installing radio installations in Australia and New Guinea. [2]

In June 1930 the company registered the name “Pianofortes” and advertised they had developed a Piano and Radio Gramophone combination. [3] However, it appeared this was not a success and the company concentrated on radio manufacturing using the Piano factory to manufacture the cabinets.

The company manufactured a wide variety of radios from 1930.

Around 1937 the company advertised as Mullard agents for Victoria and Tasmania. [4]

In 1941 and the company advertised as radio wholesalers as Howard Electrical & Radio Co. Ltd.
The company advertised Howard Radios in the early 1940s and WW2 they advertised as Aegis and Mullard wholesalers and distributors.

The company was still trading as radio wholesalers in 1957. [5]

[1] The Argus (Vic) Nov 22, 1928, Page 4.
[2] Radio Trade Annual 1934, page 281.
[3] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Jun 4, 1930 Page 8.
[4] The Wireless Weekly Jul 9, 1937, Page 4.
[5] The Argus (Vic) Jan 19, 1957 Page 32.

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  36 618   5-valve, AC-powered superhet with full-size console cabinet. Selling for £19/19/- in Pe... 
AUS  37 773 1C6   
AUS  37 778 1C4   
AUS  37 768 AF3  This radio has 3 band spread short wave ranges. 
AUS  37 743 AK2   
AUS  37 719 AK2   
AUS  37 722 AK2  Same as the Howard model 719 except the "Local Distance" switch & 100 ohm... 
AUS  37 723 AK2  Same as the Howard model 719 except the "Local Distance" switch & 100 ohm... 
AUS  37 731A AK2   
AUS  37 786 Ch= 784 6K7   
AUS  37 785 Ch= 784 6K7   
AUS  37 784 Ch= 784 6K7  HOWARD A.C. OPERATED "BAND-SPREAD" MODEL 784 (FROM RADIO AND ELECTRICAL RETAILE... 

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

[1] The Argus (Vic) Nov 22, 1928, Page 4. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howardaus_1_the_argus_vic_nov_22_1928_page_4.jpg
[2] Radio Trade Annual 1934, page 281.tbn_aus_howardaus_2_radio_trade_annual_1934_page_281.jpg
[3] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Jun 4, 1930 Page 8. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howardaus_3_daily_commercial_news_and_shipping_list_nsw_jun_4_1930_p8.jpg
[4] The Wireless Weekly Jul 9, 1937, Page 4. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howardaus_4_the_wireless_weekly_jul_9_1937_page_4.jpg
[5] The Argus (Vic) Jan 19, 1957 Page 32. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howardaus_5_the_argus_vic_jan_19_1957_page_32.jpg
“Mirror” (WA), July 30, 1932. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howard_ad_1932.jpg
Howard 1933 models advertised in Perth, Western Australia. The West Australian (WA) Apr 26, 1933, Page 13. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howard_the_west_australian_wa_apr_26_1933_page_13.jpg
Howard 1936 Models. Advocate (Tas) Jul 25, 1936, Page 5. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howard_advocate_tas_jul_25_1936_page_5.jpg
“Cobram Courier”(Vic.), April 21, 1938 Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howard_ad_1938.jpg
Howard 1937 Models. Advocate (Tas) May 12, 1937, Page 5. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howard_advocate_tas_may_12_1937_page_5.jpg
The Bulletin Mar 30, 1938, cover Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_howardaus_the_bulletin_mar_30_1938_cover.jpg
Radio Trade Annual 1939, page 120tbn_aus_howardaus_2_radio_trade_annual_1939_page_120.jpg

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Story of the Howard Radio, 1937.
Gary Cowans
09.Jan.22
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Story of the Howard Radio

The name of Carnegie has been associated with music and musical instruments since the beginnings of the industry in Australia. Amongst the first people to produce an Australian-made piano it is only to be expected that they should have been early in the field with the manufacture of an Australian designed and built radio. This was the Howard receiver, in the design and construction of which a government expert, F. J. Henderson, co-operated with Mr. Walter Howard Carnegie, the youngest of the four brother-directors.

Since then, the business has grown into one of the largest organisations of its kind in Australia with enlarged factory premises occupying 3½ acres and output of many thousands of radio sets per annum.

By making all their own component parts, including cabinets, the firm has built up a reputation for Howard radios that rivals that which has always been enjoyed by their pianos. In new ideas in radio and piano construction, the Carnegie brothers have always been well to the fore. Many people will remember a gathering at which was demonstrated for the first time an idea for a combination radio-piano. This is still in process of development. Nor has the manufacture of pianos been allowed to lapse during the public preoccupation with radios. The revival of interest in piano playing is finding Carnegie’s as ready as ever with developments in piano frame construction of the latest improved type and with cases specially designed to harmonise with modern furnishing.

The Australian Home Beautiful April 2, 1937, Page 58.

 
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