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Australian Wireless Company, Ltd. (Radiair); Sydney, NSW

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Name: Australian Wireless Company, Ltd. (Radiair); Sydney, NSW    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: australian
Products: Model types
Summary:

The Australian Wireless Company
140 Castereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales

Brand: Radiair

The Australian Wireless Company manufactured single valve radios through to five valve sets.

They are not to be confused with the earlier Australian Wireless Company (Telefunken-owned), sometimes also called Australasian Wireless Company, which merged into AWA in 1913.

Founded: 1925
Closed: 1935
Production: 1926 - 1935
History:

The business was commenced by Messrs. John Brown and H. L. Campbell-Jones in July of 1925 with practically no capital, and was housed in a small room in Castlereagh Street; the activities of the proprietors being then confined to the sale, at a profit, of other people's goods.

They moved to larger premises in October 1925, when the partners purchased an existing radio business in the Victoria Arcade.

In January 1926 they registered the trade mark Radiair and manufactured their own radios. It was soon evident that the demand for the firm's radio sets was outpacing the supply, and it became necessary to open workshops. From this time the manufacturing side of the business was rapidly expanded to keep pace with the ever-increasing sales, until in May, 1926, the position was that six different premises were being occupied to house the various activities of the business.

Consolidation then became necessary, and a building consisting of four spacious floors at 140 Castlereagh Street, was secured. [1]

in July 1926 the company advertised the “Radiair” Service Wagon  which travelled to rural areas of NSW demonstrating and selling radios. They stated a 50ft iron mast can be erected in 5 minutes with an aerial extended to the wagon from which any Australian radio station can be received. [2]

The company was liquidated in August 1935. [3]

[1] The Sunday Times (NSW) Oct 31, 1926, page 14.
[2] The Sydney morning Herald (NSW) Jul 13, 1926, page 5.
[3] The Sydney morning Herald (NSW) Aug 21, 1935, page 20.

This manufacturer was suggested by Alan Larsen.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  27 Radiair 3 Valve Home set   Advertised in October 1927 as a one dial control, 3 valve home set. £23/- complete with... 
AUS  25 Radiair Model R   Photos show ebonite front panel with a wood base. Radio was possibly fitted to a wooden box. 
AUS  27 Superhetradiair   The Superhetradiar was advertised in early January 1927 for Aus£125/-. Unfortunately ap... 
AUS  26–28 Radiair Armoured   The  Radiair Armoured radio was designed to for rural use. It was constructed in a co... 

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

Prospectus newspaper advertisement, The Sun, NSW, September 26, 1926, Page 17.tbn_aus_radiar_prospectus_26_9_1926.jpg
Picture from The Sunday Times, NSW, 9 January 1927 Page 20, showing the Radiair sales counter.tbn_aus_radiair_sales_pix_9_jan1927.jpg
Picture from The Sunday Times, NSW, 9 January 1927 Page 20, showing the Radiair workshop.tbn_aus_radiair_workshop_pix_9_jan1927.jpg
Picture from The Sunday Times, NSW, 9 January 1927 Page 20, showing the Radiair radio demonstration.tbn_aus_radiair_farm_pix_9_jan1927.jpg
Article from the Sydney Mail, NSW, 21 12 1927, page 16.tbn_aus_radiair_sydney_mail_21_12_1927_p16.jpg
[1] A short history of the business from their Prospectus of October 1926. The Sunday Times (NSW) Oct 31, 1926, page 14tbn_aus_australian_sunday_times_nsw_oct_31_1926_page_14.png
[2] In July 1926 the company advertised the “Radiair” Service Wagon which travelled to rural areas of NSW demonstrating and selling radios. They stated a 50ft iron mast can be erected in 5 minutes with an aerial extended to the wagon from which any Australian radio station can be received. The Sydney morning Herald (NSW) Jul 13,1926, page 5.tbn_aus_australian_sevice_wagon_smh_13_july_1926_page_5.jpg
[3] The company was liquidated in August 1935. The Sydney morning Herald (NSW) Aug 21, 1935 page 20.tbn_aus_australian_the_sydney_morning_herald_nsw_aug_21_1935_page_20..jpg

  
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