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Colmovox (Brand), Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies Ltd.; Sydney NSW

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Name: Colmovox (Brand), Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies Ltd.; Sydney NSW    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: colmovox
Products: Model types
Summary:

Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies Ltd. (1924-1931)
Colville Wireless Equipment Co. (1931-1937)
Colville Wireless Equipment Co. Pty. Ltd. (1937-1961)

4 &10 Rowe Street, Sydney, NSW (1924-1937)
8 Smail Street, Broadway, Sydney, NSW

Brand: Colmovox, Colvilleco

Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies Ltd., manufactured radios under the Colmovox brand from 1921 to 1929 followed by Colville-Moore brand till 1940. They also specialised in aeronautical radio, broadcast transmitters and components and transmission equipment. The company was acquired by Pye Industries Ltd., in early 1961.

Founded: 1921
Closed: 1961
Production: 1921 -
History:

Sydney Victor Colville (1894-1966) entered the radio field as an experimenter in Brisbane, Queensland with the call sign XQF, in 1911 where he founded the Queensland Wireless Institute in 1914.  He moved to Sydney and founded Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies in late 1921 in partnership with Alan Leslie Moore.  The company, Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies Ltd. was registered in January 1924 with the above gentleman as first directors plus Charles Henry Wayman. [1][2]

The company manufactured TRF receivers, components and designed and built the radio transmitter 2MK at Bathurst NSW in 1925.[3] They went on to supply many more broadcast transmitters (4AY, 4IP & 4BU), mainly in country areas. In 1928 Colville was technical advisor to the Siamese Government.[1]

In August 1931 Colville designed and manufactured a transceiver for a mining company in search of Lasseter’s lost gold reef.[4]

In September 1931 Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies Ltd. was liquidated and the business was offered for sale by tender. [5] [6] The radio sets were purchased by Murdoch’s Ltd. and advertised in October 1931. [7]

It is not clear if Colville purchased the remainder of the business however he registered the Colville Wireless Equipment Co. at the Rowe Street address, also in October 1931. [8]

He advertised in the November 1931 Wireless Weekly as:

Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies,
Reconstructed and under sole management of S.V. Colville.
Specialising in Wireless Weekly constructional articles,
 high grade repairs and overhauls Transmitters & receivers
.[9]

 

In late 1931 Colville advertised as a consulting engineer and manufactured battery powered kitset radios. which advertised in articles in the Wireless Weekly. He also concentrated on the manufacture and installation of broadcast transmitters. They manufactured, high power tuning coils, transformers and Colvilleco capacitors used in broadcast band transmitters along with transmission and program equipment. They manufactured transmitters under license to Philips Australia.[10]

The company is described in the 1938/39 Radio Trade Annuals as designers and manufacturers of broadcast transmission equipment (under license to Philips Radio), communication transmitters and receivers, UHF apparatus, aircraft and portable transmitters and receivers, custom built broadcast receivers and amplifiers, Colvelleco transmitting condensers, HF inductors, power and audio transformers, studio and control apparatus. Australian agents for National Co. Inc., Malden Mass., USA and EF Johnson Co., Waseca Minn., USA.[11]

In May 1961, the firm merged with Pye Industries Ltd. as Colville Wireless & Electric Co. Pty., and specialised in induction and die-electric heating.[12][13]

The firm later became the "Colville Wireless Equipment Co. Pty Ltd. It was merged with Pye Industries Ltd in 1961 by which time it specialised in induction heating equipment. Syd Colville died in 1966.

[1] Radio Trade Annual 1936, Page 177.
[2] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Jan 30, 1924, page 5.
[3] National Advocate (NSW) Nov 2, 1925, Page 3, abridged.
[4] The Daily Telegraph (NSW) Aug 19, 1931, Page 8.
[5] Government Gazette (NSW) Sep 18, 1931, Page 303.
[6] The Daily Telegraph (NSW) Sep 24, 1931, Page 11.
[7] The Daily Telegraph (NSW) Oct 15, 1931, Page 2.
[8] Dun’s Gazette (NSW) Oct 26, 1931, Page 398.
[9] The Wireless Weekly Supplement, Nov 27, 1931, Page 17.
[10] Radio Trade Annual 1937, Page 181.
[11] Radio Trade Annual 1939, Page 116.
[12] The Bulletin May 32, 1961, Page 59.
[13] The Bulletin Sep 14, 1963, Page 57.

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  30 All Electric Three 103   This model was obtainable with an optional table containing a loud speaker. 
AUS  30 All Electric Four 104   This model was obtainable with an optional table containing a loud speaker. 
AUS  30 All Electric Four console 104C    
AUS  24 Colmo Single Slide Crystal Set   Advertised in the “Evening News”, (NSW), December  22, 1924. 
AUS  25 Colmovox S.U. 19   Advertised in the  “Country Life & Stock & Station Journal”(NSW), January ... 
AUS  24/25 Little Giant Colmo Single Valve Set   Colville advertised as this set as “manufactured with first-class material, in highl... 
AUS  29 Colmovox AC Three   4 valve, AC powered, TRF receiver. Cabinet is ducoed Maple and radio circuit incorporat... 
AUS  25 Colmovox Junior   Advertised in Wireless Weekly, 13 August, 1926 as a kit set. Basic kit was Aus£6/5... 
AUS  36 100 Watt Broadcast Band Transmitter E424  TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION OF 100 WATT BROADCAST TRANSMITTER: The transmitter is a 4-stage c... 
AUS  38/39 Colvilleco Peak Limiting Amplifier   This peak audio limiter was inserted before the transmitter audio input to limit the peak ... 
AUS  22 Panel Mounted Crystal receiving Set   Panel Mounted Crystal Receiving Set complete with headphones, aerial wire and insulators. 
AUS  24 Variable Air Capacitors   Variable Capacitors (Condensers) Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies Ltd., manufactured a ... 

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

[1] Radio Trade Annual 1936, Page 177.tbn_aus_colmovox_1_radio_trade_annual_1936_page_177.jpg
[2] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Jan 30, 1924, page 5. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_2_daily_commercial_news_and_shipping_list_nsw_jan_30_1924_page_5.jpg
[3] National Advocate (NSW) Nov 2, 1925, Page 3, abridged. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_3_national_advocate_nsw_nov_2_1925_page_3_abridged_version.jpg
[4] The Daily Telegraph (NSW) Aug 19, 1931, Page 8. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_4_the_daily_telegraph_nsw_aug_19_1931_page_8.jpg
[5] Government Gazette (NSW) Sep 18, 1931, Page 303. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_5_government_gazette_nsw_sep_18_1931_page_303.jpg
[6] The Daily Telegraph (NSW) Sep 24, 1931, Page 11. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_6_the_daily_telegraph_nsw_sep_24_1931_page_11.jpg
[7] The Daily Telegraph (NSW) Oct 15, 1931, Page 2. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_7_the_daily_telegraph_nsw_oct_15_1931_page_2.jpg
[8] Dun’s Gazette (NSW) Oct 26, 1931, Page 398. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_8_duns_gazette_nsw_oct_26_1931_page_398.jpg
[9] The Wireless Weekly Supplement, Nov 27 1931, Page 17. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_9_the_wireless_weekly_supplement_nov_27_1931_page_17.jpg
[10] Radio Trade Annual 1937, Page 181. With permission of Americanradiohistory.comtbn_aus_colmovox_10_radio_trade_annual_1937_page_181.jpg
[11] Radio Trade Annual 1939, Page 116.tbn_aus_colmovox_11_radio_trade_annual_1939_page_116.jpg
[12] The Bulletin May 32, 1961, Page 59. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_12_the_bulletin_may_32_1961_page_59.jpg
[13] The Bulletin Sep 14, 1963, Page 57. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_13_the_bulletin_sep_14_1963_page_57.jpg
The logo of Colville-Moore Wireless Supplies Ltd. in the 1920's.tbn_aus_colmovox_logo.jpg
Parts sold in 1924. Wireless Weekly Jul 4, 1924, Page 5. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colville_ad_wireless_weekly_jul_4_1924_page_5.jpg
From the “Country Life & Stock & Station Journal”(NSW), April 3, 1925. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australia.tbn_aus_colville_moore_ad_1925.jpg
The 1926 range of Colmovox receivers. Wireless Weekly Dec17, 1926, Page 36,37. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_wireless_weekly_dec17_1926_page_36_37.jpg
1935 advertising for broadcast, aircraft transmitters with a picture of 25 Watt, CW & ICW transmitter built for Kingsford-Smith Air Services. Radio Trade Annual 1935, Page 207 Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_colmovox_radio_trade_annual_1935_page_207.jpg

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Sydney Colville''s Experiences, Aug 27, 1935
Gary Cowans
18.Mar.21
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"THE LAST WORD."

RADIO STATION 4IP

Mr. S. Colville's Experiences

 "Absolutely the last word in broadcasting."—That is how Mr. Sydney Colville sums up Radio Station 4IP, which will be on the air on Monday. Principal of the Colville Wireless Equipment Company (Sydney), he has had wide and varied professional experience in the field of radio engineering. At present in the city supervising the installation or his equipment in the new Ipswich station, Mr. Colville, who is a member of the Institute of Radio Engineers, was persuaded to pause in his duties for a while yesterday to relate a little of his interesting career. Long before his 13 years' professional experience commenced, he dabbled in radio, "much to the concern of the P.M.G. Department and Pinkenba," humorously interposed Mr. Royston Marcus (Manager of the new station) who was nearby. Mr. Marcus was referring to the time when Mr. Colville held the only experimental licence in Queensland. He commenced as an amateur (XQF) in Brisbane in 1911. A native of Victoria he came to Queensland at an early age, but for the past 11 years has been in business on his own account in Sydney, his firm for some time having been recognised as one of the leading radio equipment concerns in Australia. Mr. Colville was one of the original directors of Station 2BL, Sydney. In 1928 he was appointed Radio Adviser to the Siamese Government. Since then, Colville equipment has rendered unfailing service in all parts of the Southern Hemisphere. He has supplied stations to the Western Australian Government, the British Government (for use in the Pacific), and even in New Guinea his equipment plays a big part in radio communication. The recently erected Station 4AY, at Ayr, North Queensland, was equipped by Mr. Colville, who also has fitted up every type of expedition that one can think of with radio necessities. His firm supplies the majority of the aeroplane equipment of the Commonwealth.

TOOK TO FLYING.

Principally with the object of becoming familiar with the radio requirements of aviation, Mr. Colville took up flying in 1928; and went through the whole course, becoming a fully qualified pilot. He has been closely associated with Sir Charles Kingsford Smith in many of his big undertakings and has fitted up the Southern Cross for the "Old 'Bus's" big flights, including the round-Australia and Tasman ventures. He was a member of the crew of the Faith in Australia when she went in search of Sir Charles and party on their unsuccessful Tasman trip. For some time, Mr. Colville has been Honorary Radio Instructor to the New South Wales Aero Club, for which he has carried out a considerable amount of research work.

INLAND EXPEDITIONS

Apart from aviation the Colville Company has equipped several inland expeditions to the heart of the continent, including Buck's search for Lassiter's Reef, and the recent Donald Mackay expedition. Mr. Colville is at present the holder of experimental licences for stations VK2FA, VK2FB, and VK2VX, all of Sydney, thus combining the practical side of radio transmission with the technical, as apart from the actual construction of equipment. Mr. Colville stated that 4IP would be absolutely the last word in broadcasting. It was fitted with the most modern type of transmitter, with an actual output of 75 watts, and a licensed output of 50 watts.

Queensland Times (Qld) Aug 27, 1935, Page 8.

Text sourced from Trove – National Library of Australia

 
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