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United Distributors Ltd.(Udisco);Sydney

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Name: United Distributors Ltd.(Udisco);Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: uniteddist
Products: Model types Others
Summary:

United Distributors Ltd.

72 Clarence Street, Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

28 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW.

Branches in all Australian States and New Zealand.

The company manufactured and sold "Udisco", "U.D.L.", "United" and "Radiovox" sets, and "Signal" and "Umakit" kit sets. They were also distributors for "Signal", "United", "Pilot" (USA) and other parts.

Founded: 1923
Closed: 1930
Production: 1923 - 1930
History:

United Distributing Co.(NSW) Ltd importers of 28 Clarence St Sydney was voluntary wound up and United Distributors Ltd was registered in 1924. [1]

The trade mark application for “Udisco” was registered in April 1926. [2]

The company advertised widely with large detailed adverts.

 

The Chief Radio Engineer was Ernest Gordon Beard from the Royal Navy and the Chief Electrical & Mechanical engineer was James P Quam from the US.

They stated their sets had the following features of superiority:-

  1. They receive efficiently on all wave lengths from 20 metres, to 2000 metres. No other sets in the world to-day do this. Continuous experimental work Is in progress on wave lengths from 20 metres upwards and some of the most powerful Stations are on high wave lengths above 1500 metres.
  2. Udisco sets cover the whole band, and will serve you perfectly on any wave length you desire between 20 metres and 2000 metres by merely turning a pointer. No changing of Plug-In coils is entailed. To select any desired Station you merely turn a knob.
  3. Udisco sets are of Radio Frequency Type famous for purity and naturalness of tone.
  4. They are built on true low-loss principles, and every part is of the highest possible quality. The Cabinet work is of beautiful native timbers, fully seasoned and polished.
  5. Udisco sets are guaranteed to do on demonstration all that we claim for them.
  6. The control of these Receivers is so delightfully simple that if a child, can operate them with ease.
  7. Mechanically the UDISCO SUPER SIX is so perfect that one acquires it with positive assurance of lasting satisfaction through the years to come.

Demonstrations cheerfully arranged at your home with no obligation to purchase and at no expense to you. We welcome competitive demonstration with any Receiving Set in the world. [3]

The company had branches in all Australian capital cities and Wellington New Zealand. [3]

By late 1928 branches were being sold and in January 1930 the company was liquidated. [4]

EG Beard helped start the Electric Corporation of Australia Ltd. in 1930 and following its failure in November 1930 started a new company called Ace Amplifiers Ltd. and branded his radio transceivers “Udisco”. [5]

By March 1930 they had become "Electric Corporation of Australia Ltd".

[1] The Sun (NSW) Jul 12, 1924, Page 3.
[2] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW), Apr 14, 1926, Page 8.
[3] Smith's Weekly (NSW), Oct 10, 1925, Page 21.
[4] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW)  Jan 11,  1930.
[5] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW), Mar 2, 1936, Page 5

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  27 Super-Neut 5   Advertised in July 1927 for £19/19/6 with accesories complete with accumulator, valve... 
AUS  23 Radiovox D   Advertised in December 1923, Radiovox, made in Australia from imported parts. Available... 
AUS  23 Radiovox A   Advertised in December 1923, Radiovox, made in Australia from imported parts. Available... 
AUS  23 Radiovox B   Advertised in December 1923, Radiovox, made in Australia from imported parts. Available... 
AUS  23 Radiovox E   Advertised in December 1923, Radiovox, made in Australia from imported parts.   
AUS  25 Udisco Five valve    
AUS  25 United 3 A615   
AUS  26 Udisco Five A609  The valves read actually: A609-UX A615=UX A609-UX A609-UX A609-UX. 
AUS  27 Udisco Six A609   
AUS  24 Signal Q   This was sold as a kit for home assembly. Wave band selected by plug in coil on front pan... 
AUS  24 Signal T   This was sold as a kit for home assembly. Wave band selected by plug in coils on front pan... 
AUS  27 Udisco Tri-Valve   The price below included valves. The price complete with speaker and batteries was £5/19/... 

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

United Distributors Advert. in Australia's Wireless Weekly 2nd.September 1927tbn_aus_united_distributors_ltd_radio_advert.jpg
[1] United Distributing Co.(NSW) Ltd., importers af 28 Clarence St Sydney was voluntary wound up and United Distributors Ltd was registered in 1924. [1] The Sun (NSW) Jul 12, 1924, Page 3.tbn_aus_uniteddist_the_sun_nsw_jul_12_1924_page_3.jpg
[2] The trade mark application for “Udisco” was registered in April 1926. Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW), Apr 14, 1926, Page 8.tbn_aus_uniteddist_daily_commercial_news_and_shipping_list_nsw_apr_14_1926_page_8.jpg
[3] The company advertised widely with large detailed adverts. Smith's Weekly (NSW), Oct 10, 1925, Page 21tbn_aus_uniteddist_smith_s_weekly_nsw_oct_10_1925_page_21_beard_3.jpg
[4] By late 1928 branches were being sold and in January 1930 the company was liquidated. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Jan 11, 1930 .tbn_aus_uniteddist_the_sydney_morning_herald_nsw_jan_11_1930_page_17.jpg
By late 1928 branches were being sold. Examiner(Tas) Nov 9 1928 page 9.tbn_aus_uniteddist_examiner_tas_nov_9_1928_page_9.jpg
Newspaper article on the financial problems of the company leading to liquidation. Daily News (WA) Jan 23, 1929 Page 3tbn_aus_uniteddist_e_daily_news_wa_jan_23_1929_page_3.png

  
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