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Tandy Australia Ltd., Inc.; Mt. Druitt (NSW)

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Name: Tandy Australia Ltd., Inc.; Mt. Druitt (NSW)    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: tandyaustr
Products: Model types

Tandy Australia Ltd., 91 Kurrajong Ave., PO Box 254, Mt. Druitt, N.S.W. (1999)

Tandy Australia was a subsidiary of Tandy USA (Radio Shack).

This company entry is for products of Tandy Australia only.

Founded: 1973
Closed: 2009

From wikipedia:

Tandy was originally founded in the United States in 1950 as Tandy Leather Company. In 1963, Tandy changed its business to electronics when it acquired control of Radio Shack, a forty-year-old electronics business with nine stores and a mail-order arm. From 1963 to 1986, RadioShack grew to more than 6900 stores and dealers in the US, with a further 2100 stores and dealers in Canada, England, Europe and Australia.

In November 1973, the first Radio Shack-style Tandy stores in Australia opened for business. They were administered from a rented office and warehouse in the Sydney suburb of Rydalmere. Tandy quickly established stores in major towns and suburbs across Australia and had a major presence by 1980. Many independent electrical businesses in smaller towns added Tandy products to their range.

Tandy in Australia were especially well known for their audio and radio products, most of which carried their Realistic home brand label. Their business expanded rapidly during the CB radio boom of the mid-1970s and the personal computer boom later. Their TRS-80 series of computers was particularly well-known.

Tandy's position in the market had some similarities with its local competitor, Dick Smith Electronics. Both companies produced a substantial annual catalogue, though Tandy's was more consumer-oriented with no data section. Its CB radio ranges were similar to DSE but it never carried much amateur radio gear, preferring to focus on scanners and shortwave radio.

In 2001, Woolworths Limited acquired Tandy and despite also owning Dick Smith Electronics, the Tandy stores continued to trade as separate entities.

Beginning in 2009, the Tandy brand was retired, with some stores closed, others converted to 'Dick Smith' branded stores and a few retained due to local loyalty to the brand.

This manufacturer was suggested by Wolfgang Scheida.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  85 Archer Deluxe Nickel Cadmium Battery Charger 23-9503   Made in Hong-Kong for Tandy Australia Ltd.