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Burgin Electric Co. Ltd., (Becolian), (Burginphone); Sydney

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Name: Burgin Electric Co. Ltd., (Becolian), (Burginphone); Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: burgin
Products: Model types

Burgin Electric Co. Ltd,

1922 – 352 Kent Street, Sydney.

1924 – 340 Kent Street Sydney.

The company made radios with the "Becolian" and "Burginphone" brands. They also operated radio station 2BE, which was the first "B" class station in Australia and opened in November, 1924 but closed in 1929.

Founded: 1922
Closed: 1931
Production: 1923 -

The Burgin Electric Co was started by R Burgin in 1922 as Electrical Engineers installing electricity in houses.  They started manufacturing radio receivers in 1924 whilst also continuing the electrical business.

In august 1924, the Burgin Electric Co., Ltd., listed as manufacturers, importers, and suppliers of electrical and wireless apparatus at 352 Kent-street, Sydney was formed.

Directors: R. Burgin, R. S. Goward, L. W. Knight, and O. F. Mingay.

The company was liquidated in April, 1931.

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  24 Becolian Four   Two tuning dials. Wave band change by switch on front panel. 
AUS  24/25 Burginphone   Advertised in the “Sydney Mail”, (NSW), November 5, 1924. 
AUS  25 Burginphone Model 8   Advertised in 1925 for AUS £72/- complete with all accessories. 


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

Sydney Mail, (NSW), November 5, 1924.tbn_aus_burgin_burginphone_ad_1924.jpg
The company closed. Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), Friday 10 April 1931 (No.44), page 1378tbn_aus_burgin_company_close_1931.jpg


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