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Kingsley (Brand): various manufacturers, one at a time

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Name: Kingsley (Brand): various manufacturers, one at a time    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: kingsley
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Summary:

Kingsley was an Australian brand used by various manufacturers from 1934 till 1971.
Below is a chronology of the various, verified, known manufacturers of the Kingsley brand.

Kingsley Teleradio Construction's Pty. Ltd. (1934-1937)

249-251 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria. (1934-1937)
Founded by Howard Kingsley Love in 1934 after leaving Radiovision (Aust) Pty Ltd.[1][2]

Production: 1934 – 1937.

Manufactured and sold Kingsley radios and diathermy medical equipment.

Founded: 1934
Closed: 1971
Production: 1934 - 1971
Documents about this manufacturer/brand
  Advantages of Ferrotune, ARW Jul 15, 1946, Pages 5 & 6, by H.K. Love 373 KB
History:

Kingsley Radio Pty Ltd. (1937-1949)
249-251 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria. (1937-1939)
380 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. (1940-1949)
225 Trafalgar Street, Petersham, NSW, (1944 – 1947)
17 Bond St, Sydney, NSW, (1948)

Production: 1937-1949.               

Kingsley Radio Pty. Ltd. was formed by a takeover in August 1937 of Kingsley Teleradio Construction's Pty. Ltd. with Howard Kingsley Love as a director [3]

The company manufactured Kingsley radios and radio parts, including coils, tuning units and, for a short time, speakers. They developed an application of ferrite particles to RF circuits, leading to the kingsley “Ferroclad” & “Ferrotune” technology. They are best known for their production, during WWII, of the KCR-11 (AR7) communications receiver.

During World War Two they moved from Spring Street, Melbourne to a larger factory at St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, opposite the Shrine of Remembrance. After the war, another factory was opened in Petersham, Sydney due to the majority of Australia's electronics industry being in Sydney.[4]

Sadly, in 1948 Howard Love died from heart failure due to overwork and stress. Shortly after, Kingsley Radio was closed down in 1949.[5]

The premises at 380 St. Kilda Road was initially taken over by Aegis Manufacturing Company and A & R Electronics (transformers) and in July 1950 by J. H. Magrath & Co. Pty. Ltd. as a car radio installation and service station.[6][7]

Howard Kingsley Love (1896-1948).

Love served as a lieutenant in the AIF during WW1 and later as a pilot in the Australian Flying Corps. He was shot down behind German Lines and became a POW until the war ended. As a keen radio amateur he was granted an experimental licence with the call sign A-3BM and later VK3BM & VK3KU after WW1.

He was foundation member of the Wireless Institute of Australia and served several terms as Victorian and Federal president. [8]

 

 

Kingsley Radio, Melbourne Victoria.( 1953? – 1957?)
210 Alexandra Parade, Clifton Hill, Victoria.
3 Cornell Place, Carlton, Victoria.

Manufactured car radios[9] and also manufactured RF and IF coils.[11]

Kingsley Radio Pty Ltd. Melbourne, Victoria,(1960?-1971?)
75 Budd Street, Collingwood, Victoria.
58a Gipps Street, Collingwood Victoria.

Manufacturers and agents for imported Hitachi radios.[10]

[1] News (SA) Aug 3, 1932,  Page 7.
[2] Advocate (Vic.) Nov 29, 1934  Page 7.
[3] The Age (Vic.) Aug 5, 1937,  Page 8.
[4] Australian Radio World, Dec 1944, Page 30.
[5] The Argus (Vic.) May 7, 1949,  Page 16.
[6] Record (Vic.) Feb 4, 1950,  Page 7.
[7] The Age (Vic) Jul 6, 1950,  Page 7.
[8] The Age (Vic.) Jul 30, 1948, Page 2.
[9] The Argus ( Vic.) Apr 18, 1956, Page 10.
[10] The Australian Women's Weekly, Sep 25, 1963, Page  115.
[11] Australian radio & Electronics, Feb 1951, Page 15.

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  42 K/CR/11 [RAAF receiver type AR7] 6U7G  The Kingsley K/CR/11 is a communications type receiver similar in concept to the National ... 
AUS  47 High Quality Six (6) 6J8G  6 Valve, AC powered superhet with a wide band IF centred on 1900kHz and a direct coupled a... 
AUS  46 Ferrotune KFT1 6J8G  5 valve, AC powered, superhet radio receiver. This was a kit set for home construction.... 
AUS  69 KM101 Ch= K8   The transistors and diodes (x 3) are branded with the Fairchild logo. Colours available... 
AUS  56 6 Valve Car Radio   The radio comes with tailor made dashbaord fittings for Vauxhalls, Holdens and Volkswagons. 
AUS  47 KF/C610 6AK5  Short Wave converter covering 50 - 54 MHz band. This unit is connected to the antenna t... 
AUS  66 KP-200 BC108  The Kingsley KP-200 is a small portable record player contained in a wooden case with lid,... 
AUS  47 Walkie-Talkie 1R5  This was a kit set for home construction.  It was a "foundation kit" consisting of... 
AUS  62–70 Kingsley RKR Radiogram 6AN7  Total height with optional legs is 24 inches. The RKR circuit is closely based on the Phil... 
AUS  69 KG536   Solid-state compact modular radiogram on short legs with a 4-speed changer. Separate speak... 
AUS  68–70 KP309   Portable solid-state, 4-speed record player. Vinyl covered case in Executive Teak,... 
AUS  69 KG537   Stereo radiogram with a 4-speed record changer. Cabinet finishes available in Maple, Wa... 

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

Advertisment for IF Coils from "Radio World" October 1946, page 14.tbn_aus_kingsley_ferrotune_advertisment_coil.jpg
Advert for Ferrotune tunertbn_aus_kingsley_ferrotune_advertisment.jpg
Kingsley IF coilstbn_aus_kingsley_ferrotune_if.jpg
WW2 advertisment from the "Radio & Electrical retailer" May 2, 1946.tbn_aus_kingsley_ww2_advertisment.jpg
[8] Howard Kingsley Love's Obituary 1948. Age (Melbourne, Vic), Friday 30 July 1948, page 2tbn_aus_kingsley_love_obituary_1948.jpg
[1]Howard Kingsley Love, Manager at Radiovision (Aust) Pty Ltd. News (SA) Aug 3, 1932, Page 7.tbn_aus_kingsley_1_news_sa_aug_3_1932_page_7.jpg
[2] Kingsley Teleradio Construction's Pty. Ltd. Advocate (Vic.) Nov 29, 1934 Page 7.tbn_aus_kingsley_2_advocate_vic._nov_1934_page_7.jpg
[3] Kingsley Radio Pty. Ltd. was formed by a takeover in August 1937 of Kingsley Teleradio Construction's Pty. Ltd. The Age (Vic.) Aug 5, 1937, Page 8.tbn_aus_kingsley_3_the_age_vic._aug_5_1937_page_8.jpg
[4] After the war, another factory was opened in Petersham, Sydney. Australian Radio World, Dec 1944, Page 30.tbn_aus_kingsley_4_arw_dec_1944_p30.jpg
[5] Kingsley Radio was closed down and all equipment auctioned in 1949. The Argus (Vic.) May 7, 1949, Page 16.tbn_aus_kingsley_5_the_argus_vic._may_7_1949_p16.jpg
[6] In early 1950, the premises at 380 St. Kilda Road was initially taken over by Aegis Manufacturing Company and A & R Electronics. Record (Vic.) Feb 4, 1950, Page 7.tbn_aus_kingsley_6_record_vic._feb_4_1950_page_7.jpg
[7] In July 1950 the premises was tken over by J. H. Magrath & Co. Pty. Ltd. as a car radio installation and service station. The Age (Vic) Jul 6, 1950, Page 7.tbn_aus_kingsley_7_the_age_vic_jul_6_1950_page_7.jpg
[9] Kingsley car radios in 1956. The Argus ( Vic.) Apr 18, 1956, Page 10.tbn_aus_kingsley_9_the_argus_vic._apr_1956_page_10.jpg
[10] Kingsley radio Hitachi agents in 1963. The Australian Women's Weekly, Sep 25, 1963, Page 115.tbn_aus_kingsley_10_the_australian_women_s_weekly_sep_25_1963_page_7.jpg
Three Kingsley products from June 1965. The Canberra Times (ACT) June 4, 1965, Page 13.tbn_aus_kingsley_canberra_times_act_jun_4_1965_page_13.jpg
[11] Australian radio & Electronics, Feb 1951, Page 15.tbn_aus_kingsley_11_australian_radio_electronics_feb_1951_page_15.jpg
Kingsley products - 1948 AORSM 6, Page 20.tbn_aus_kingsley_aorsm_6_p_20.jpg

  
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