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Precedent (brand of), Firth Bros Pty. Ltd, Melbourne

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Name: Precedent (brand of), Firth Bros Pty. Ltd, Melbourne    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: firthbros
Products: Model types
Summary:

Firth Bros Pty. Ltd.
75 Cuthbert Street, Richmond, Vic. (1915 – 1933)
351 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Vic. (1929 - 1936)
149 – 163 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Vic. (1933 – 1936)

Brand: Precedent

They have no apparent connection with A. W. Jackson Industries Pty Ltd of Sydney which used the brand name "Precedent" after the war.

Founded: 1915
Closed: 1936
Production: 1930 - 1936
History:

Firth Brothers commenced business as precision engineers in 1915 at Richmond, Victoria and manufactured time fuses for explosives for the Governments WW1 effort. After WW1 they turned to the manufacture of motor vehicle engine parts and in 1921 manufactured the only complete motorcycle made in this country at the time, the “Monarch”.[1]

Firth Bros Pty. Ltd., was registered in August 1926 with Bertrand Gordon Firth, Edward George Firth, Roy William Newton and Frederick Charles Barker as Directors.[2]

In 1928 BG Firth left for a business trip to the USA spending time at the Majestic Radio factory and the Norge Refrigerator factory. On his return he imported and marketed Majestic Receivers in Victoria. With the introduction of the embargo on imported radios in May 1930 the company turned to the manufacture of radio sets.[3]

The company registered the trade mark “Precedent, Herald of the Air” in February, 1931.[4]

In an article in the Wireless Weekly of October 1931, Mr. H. K. Love, Technical Manager, Firth Bros. describes the direct coupled Loftin White principle which is used in Firth Bros. manufactured radios of the period.[5] Love left soon after to take over Radiovision.

The chassis using the Loftin White principle were branded “Straytline” response receivers. Both TRF and Superheterodyne Strytline receivers using the Loftin White audio stage were available in 1932. [6]

In June 1934 the company offered to supply and install radios in every state school in suburban and rural schools in Victoria for at charge.[7]

Also in October 1934 the company commenced the manufacture of Precedent Refrigerators.[3]

“Monitor” brand loud speakers manufactured by the company were advertised in the 1934 Radio Trade Annual of Australia.[8]

The company was voluntary liquidated on the 26th March 1936, and at the time of writing it is unclear as to why the company was liquidated. [9]

[1] The Herald (Vic.) Sep 14, 1932, Page 30.
[2] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Aug 11, 1926, Page 5.
[3] The Herald (Vic.) Oct 15, 1934, Page 36.
[4] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Feb 4, 1931, Page 8.
[5] Wireless Weekly Oct 2, 1931, Page 8.
[6] The Argus (Vic.) Apr 7, 1932, Page 5.
[7] The Herald (Vic.) Jun 22, 1934, Page 8.
[8] Radio Trade Annual of Aust, 1934, Page 6.
[9] The Herald (Vic.) may 7, 1936, Page 10.

 

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  35 Precedent F35T    
AUS  35 Precedent F35A AK1   
AUS  35 Precedent F35M AK1  This model uses a Westinghouse metal rectifier and has push-pull output. 
AUS  35 Precedent F35 AK1   
AUS  34 Precedent O34 1A6   
AUS  34 All-Wave kit 6V AW AK1  This was sold as a kit for home construction. It covered 10 to 550 metres. 
AUS  34 Precedent F34 57   
AUS  35 Precedent Q35    
AUS  35 Precedent K35    
AUS  34 Precedent G34 6F7   
AUS  30 Majestic Model 91 27  U.S export distributed in Australia by Firth Bros. 
AUS  30 Majestic Model 93 27  U.S export distributed in Australia by Firth Bros. 

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

[1] Company history from 1915 till 1932. The Herald (Vic.) Sep 14, 1932, Page 30.tbn_aus_firthbros_1_the_herald_vic_sep_14_1932_page_30.jpg
[2] Company registered in 1926. Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Aug 11, 1926, Page 5.tbn_aus_firthbros_2_daily_commercial_news_and_shipping_list_nsw_aug_11_1926_p5.jpg
[3] Detailed company history,1934. The Herald (Vic.) Oct 15, 1934, Page 36.tbn_aus_firthbros_3_the_herald_vic_oct_15_1934_page_36.jpg
[4] Trade mark “Precedent, Herald of the Air". Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Feb 4, 1931, Page 8.tbn_aus_firthbros_4_daily_commercial_news_and_shipping_list_nsw_feb_4_1931_p8.jpg
[5] October 1931, Mr. H. K. Love, Technical Manager, Firth Bros. describes the direct coupled Loftin White principle Wireless Weekly Oct 2, 1931, Page 8.tbn_aus_firthbros_5_wireless_weekly_oct_2_1931_page_8.jpg
[6] Both TRF and Superheterodyne Strytline receivers using the Loftin White audio stage were available in 1932 The Argus (Vic.) Apr 7, 1932, Page 5.tbn_aus_firthbros_6_the_argus_viic._apr_7_1932_page_5.jpg
[7] The company offered to supply and install radios in every state school in suburban and rural schools in Victoria for at charge. The Herald (Vic.) Jun 22, 1934, Page 8.tbn_aus_firthbros_7_the_herald_vic_jun_22_1934_page_8.jpg
[8] 1934 Monitor loud speakers. Radio Trade Annual of Aust, 1934, Page 6.tbn_aus_firthbros_8_radio_trade_annual_of_aust_1934_page_6.jpg
[9] Voluntary liquidated in 1936. The Herald (Vic.) may 7, 1936, Page 10.tbn_aus_firthbros_9_the_herald_vic_may_7_1936_page_10.jpg
Straytline label from a four/47 Loftin White receiver chassis.tbn_aus_firthbros_strytline_label.jpg
From the Muswellbrook Chronicle, September 6, 1935, page 3tbn_aus_firth_ad_1935.jpg
From the Scone Advocate, September 6, 1935.tbn_aus_firth_ad2_1935.jpg

  
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