Please click your language flag. Bitte Sprachflagge klicken.

History of the manufacturer  

Boans Ltd.; Perth, Western Australia

As a member you can upload pictures (but not single models please) and add text.
Both will display your name after an officer has activated your content, and will be displayed under «Further details ...» plus the text also in the forum.
Name: Boans Ltd.; Perth, Western Australia    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: boans
Products: Model types

Boans Ltd.; Perth, Western Australia

Boans Ltd. was Perth's most prominent family-owned department store for nearly a century. The company operated from 1895 to 1986, and at one point was Perth's largest private employer, with over 40,000 staff.

Founded: 1895
Closed: 1986
Production: 1933 - 1940

Boans was founded by brothers Harry and Benjamin Boan who came to Perth from Broken Hill in New South Wales. The store opened on 7 November 1895 and was a single story structure that ran from Wellington Street through to Murray street. In 1901 when Benjamin died, Harry assumed sole ownership and set about expanding the store by purchasing the adjoining land. In 1912 the business became a limited company and was renamed from Boans Bros to Boans Limited, and the original one-storey buildings were demolished and rebuilt as a single multistorey department store that spanned the area between Murray and Wellington streets. From 1924 Boans sold imported radio components, speakers, transformers, etc. In about 1910 Boans opened a furniture factory in East Perth to service the shop. It produced bedroom furniture, including mattresses, dining and kitchen furniture. There was also a cane-ware and upholstery section. Imported furniture was also held there. From 1933 they manufactured cabinets for radios. They branded these radios Airlord and used chassis from various Australian manufactures. These Airlord radios were advertised from 1933 to 1940. From 1940 the Airlord advertisements ceased and they advertised other Australian brands. The store was sold to Coles Myer Limited in 1986, which closed it and redeveloped the space into the Forrest Chase building.

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  36 Air-lord 5 Battery KF2  Advertised in 1936 for Aus£21/18/6. 
AUS  35 Silver Jubilee   Radio was on display at the April,1935 Perth Radio Exibition. It is a console radio... 
AUS  35 Air-lord 4 Reflex   Advertised in the West Australian Worker April 26, 1935 
AUS  36 Air-lord 5 Superhet 6J7  Advertised in 1936 for Aus£ 17/17/- 
AUS  37 Air-lord Coronation   Advertised in the West Australian Worker, July 7, 1937 The Air-lord Coronation is a... 
AUS  37 Air-lord 5 Dual Wave 6D6  Advertised in the "Daily News" July 8, 1937. 
AUS  35 Air-lord 5 AC   Advertised in the West Australian Worker April 26, 1935 
AUS  37 Air-lord Magic Eye Dual Wave   Advertised in the West Australian Worker, July 7, 1937, for 23 Gns. 


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

West Australian advertisement from the "Western Mail", February 25, 1926 for housewares and radio components.tbn_aus_boans_ad_components_1926.jpg
1940 West Australian advertisement by Boans Ltd. showing Airlord & other brands of radio for sale.tbn_aus_boans_airlord_1940_ad.jpg
West Australian newspaper advertisement from July 9, 1937 describing Air-lord radios.tbn_aus_boans_ad_37.jpg