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Craig & Co. Ltd.; Perth WA

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Name: Craig & Co. Ltd.; Perth WA    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: craig-co
Products: Model types
Summary:

Craig & Co. Ltd.
10 Brennan's Arcade, Perth, WA (1923 – 1925)
37 King Street, Perth WA (1925 – 1930)
152 William Street, Perth WA ( 1930 – 1934)

Craig & Co. Ltd.; Perth, was a substantial manufacturer of radios during the 1920's. They advertised regularly in the West Australian Wireless News & Musical World magazine. They also sold radio parts, tubes, coils, etc.

Founded: 1923
Closed: 1934
Production: 1923 - 1934
History:

Craig and Co. Ltd. was registered on November 12, 1923 with a capital of £3,000 in 5,000 shares or £1 each: Office. 10 Brennan's Arcade, Perth, Western Australia.[1]

In November 1923, by arrangement with Commonwealth Correspondence Collage in Perth to supply radio instruments at a discounted price to students.[2]

They advertised in December 1923 “Broadcasting has started in Sydney; it begins here in earnest in February; amateurs are transmitting music nearly every night. Order instruments NOW from Craig and Co., Ltd., the (All-Wireless Firm)” [3] The first broadcast station in Perth, 6WF owned by Westralian Farmers Ltd. went to air on June 4th, 1924.

A five-valve set was manufactured and displayed in the Economic Department Store in early January 1924. The radio was made for the Manager of Craig and Co., F. Wilks.[4]

They advertised in April 1924, for Agencies to sell radios and investors to take advantage of the increased business due to 6WF’s imminent commencement. [5]

6WF was officially opened on June 4, 1924, by the Labor Premier of WA, Mr. Philip Collier and a broadcasting demonstration was conducted at the Prince of Wales Theatre to listen to the Premiers Speech over 3 nights from the 5th June. Craig & Co. provided the receiver for this event. [6]

The company manufactured radios from Crystal sets, one valve to 8 valve receivers.

The advertised the  AWA  Standard 6 superheterodyne, manufactured specially to suit West Australian conditions in April 1927.[7]

In December 1928, Westralian Farmers Ltd. radio station 6WF was taken over by the Commonwealth Government due to heavy financial losses.[8] Westralian Farmers Ltd. also manufactured the Mulgaphone radio and Craig and Co. Ltd. purchased their entire stock.[9]

A newspaper article from October 1930 described their manufacturing capabilities.

The name of Craig and Co. is associated with the manufacture of all types of radio receivers, from crystal sets to eight valve super receivers. The firm also makes screened-grid sets, separate screened-grid units for addition to existing sets, and all electric receivers. Other lines include H.T. eliminators, differential condensers, wave traps and all classes of constructional radio engineering. Besides producing service wireless receivers, the firm is in a position to give service after sales, providing free overhauls, in addition to the usual guarantee of workmanship, and it maintains an expert repair and reconstruction department. These factors give a cogent reason for the patronage of West Australian-made wireless requisites.[10]

The company also sold Weldon radios from May 1931.[11]

They ceased trading in late 1934 and some of the staff gained employment at C.S. Baty & Company.[12] [13]

[1] West Australian (WA) Nov 12, 1923, Page 10.
[2] West Australian (WA) Nov 9, 1923, Page 14.
[3] West Australian (WA) Dec 24, 1923, Page 14.
[4] Sunday Times (WA) Jan 27, 1924, Page 8.
[5] West Australian (WA) Apr 29, 1924, Page 12.
[6] West Australian(WA) May 30, 1924, Page 8.
[7] West Australian (WA) Apr 2, 1927, page 9.
[8] West Australian (WA) Dec 21, 1928, page 20.
[9] West Australian (WA) Oct 20, 1928, Page 9.
[10] West Australian (WA) Oct 6, 1930, Page 7.
[11] West Australian (WA) May 6, 1931, Page 5.
[12] West Australian (WA) Nov 12, 1934, Page 11.
[13] West Australian (WA) Dec 9, 1934, Page 11.

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  25 De Luxe Receiver   Advertised in the West Australian newspaper February 7, 1925. Advertisement  s... 
AUS  30 8-Valve De Lux   Advertised in 1930 for AUS £51/10/- including speaker and every necessity. 
AUS  25/26 Nor-Wester   5 Valve TRF Receiver. Also available in a table cabinet with doors. Price includes l... 
AUS  25/26 4-Valve   4 Valve TRF Receiver. Mahogany grained front panel in a polished Jarrah cabinet. Pri... 

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

[1] Craig and Co. Ltd., registered Nov 12, 1923. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australia West Australian (WA) Nov 12, 1923, Page 10.tbn_aus_craig_co_1_west_australian_wa_nov_12_1923_page_10.jpg
[2] Selling radio instruments at a discounted price to students. West Australian (WA) Nov 9, 1923, Page 14. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australia.tbn_aus_craig_co_2_west_australian_wa_nov_9_1923_page_14.jpg
[3] December 1923 advert. West Australian (WA) Dec 24, 1923, Page 14. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_co_3_west_australian_wa_dec_24_1923_page_14.jpg
[4] Five-valve set was manufactured. Sunday Times (WA) Jan 27, 1924, Page 8. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_co_4_sunday_times_wa_jan_27_1924_page_8.jpg
[5] Advertised in April 1924, for Agencies to sell radios & investors. West Australian (WA) Apr 29, 1924, Page 12. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_co_5_west_australian_wa_apr_29_1924_page_12.jpg
[6] Listen to the Premiers Speech over 3 nights from the 5th June. West Australian(WA) May 30, 1924, Page 8. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australia.tbn_aus_craig_co_6_sunday_times_wa_jun_1_1924_page_6.jpg
[7] Advertised the AWA Standard 6 superheterodyne. West Australian (WA) Apr 2, 1927, page 9. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_co_7_west_australian_wa_apr_2_1927_page_9.jpg
[8] 6WF was taken over by the Commonwealth Government. West Australian (WA) Dec 21, 1928, page 20. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australia.tbn_aus_craig_co_8_west_australian_wa_dec_21_1928_page_20.jpg
[9] Purchased their entire stock of Mulgaphones. West Australian (WA) Oct 20, 1928, Page 9. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australia.tbn_aus_craig_co_9_west_australian_wa_oct_20_1928_page_9.jpg
[10] October 1930 described their manufacturing capabilities. West Australian (WA) Oct 6, 1930, Page 7. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_co_10_west_australian_wa_oct_6_1930_page_7.jpg
[11] Selling Weldon Receivers. West Australian (WA) May 6, 1931, Page 5. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_co_11_west_australian_wa_may_6_1931_page_5.jpg
[12] November 1934 closing down. West Australian (WA) Nov 12, 1934, Page 11. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_co_12_west_australian_wa_nov_12_1934_page_11.jpg
[13] Staff moving to C. S. Baty & Co. West Australian (WA) Dec 9, 1934, Page 11. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_co_13_west_australian_wa_dec_9_1934_page_11.jpg
Advertisment for Craig Radios in the "West Australian" newspaper June 16, 1930. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_ad_wan_16_6_1930.jpg
Advertisment for Craig Radios in the "West Australian" newspaper May,25 1931. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_ad_wan_25_5_1931.jpg
Extract from the “Mirror” Saturday 29 August 1925 Craig and Co.'s Special Window Display: Announcing Grand Theatre's Radio Competition for the Paramount Picture, 'The Story without a Name.' Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_co_ad_mirror_aug_29_1925.jpg
Advertisment for Weldon Radios in "west Australian Wireless News & Musical World" April 18, 1932 Page 60.tbn_aus_craig_co_weldon_ad_1932.jpg
Craig & Co. selling radio components. From The West Australian, 4 September 1929, page 13. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_craig_ad_parts_wan_4_9_29_p13.jpg

  
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