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Murphy (Brand), Westco Products Ltd. & Allied Industries Ltd.; Auckland

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Name: Murphy (Brand), Westco Products Ltd. & Allied Industries Ltd.; Auckland    (NZ)  
Abbreviation: murphy
Products: Model types
Summary:

 

Westco Products Ltd. (1954 - 1957)
18 Rutland Street, Auckland

Allied Industries Limited. (1957 -       )
Carbine Road, Mt. Wellington, Auckland

The UK Murphy brand was manufactured in New Zealand under licence from Murphy Radio Limited by Westco Products Ltd., 1954 to 1957 and Allied Industries Ltd. from 1957.

They used the same cabinets as the UK-made Murphy’s but were often electrically & mechanically unique to New Zealand.

Founded: 1954
Production: 1954 -
History:

Westco Products Ltd. reached an agreement in February 1954 with Murphy Radio Limited of England to manufacture radios and televisions in New Zealand. The English company subscribed for 19,500 ordinary shares in Westco Products Ltd. with two of the companies’ directors appointed to the board. [1]
Westco manufactured and Westco Distributors Ltd. distributed Murphy radios until they were liquidated in May 1957. [2]

Allied Industries Ltd. acquired the Murphy agency and commenced Murphy radio manufacturing in the old Westco factory in Lorne Street but soon after moved to a new factory at Mt Wellington.

The radios were distributed by the Allied Industries associate company Fisher & Paykel Ltd. [3]

On August 10, 1960, they joined with Australia’s AWA to extend their existing manufacturing activities to include the production of Radiola radios, Radiograms, and AWA television receivers. [4]

As Allied was already involved in manufacturing Murphy radios under licence to the U.K. firm, arrangements were made to market AWA Radiola television also under the Murphy name. [3, Page 157]

[1] Press 5 Feb 1954, Page 12.
[2] Press 14 May 1957, Page 20.
[3] Golden Age of Radio in the Home
[4] Press 11 Aug 1960, Page 20.

This manufacturer was suggested by Martin Kent.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
NZ  62 P83   Manufactured in New Zealand by Allied Industries Ltd., assembled by Allied under licens... 
NZ  59 Minx MD 54 ECH42   
NZ  61 CM 77 2SA52  Cabinet based on the UK Murphy model U512 (FM only AC/DC valve receiver). 
NZ  58 Magna M101 ECH42  Uses the same cabinet as the Murphy UK model U198M. Distributed by Fisher Paykel Limite... 
NZ  60 New Metropolitan MA75 EF85   
NZ  67 Murphy P88 2N1637  8-Transistor superhet with RF stage broadcast (MW) portable radio. Manufactured by Alli... 

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

[1] Press 5 Feb 1954, Page 12. Image sourced from the National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past.tbn_nz_murphy_1_press_5_feb_1954_page_12.jpg
[2] Press 14 May 1957, Page 20. Image sourced from the National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past.tbn_nz_murphy_2_the_press_14_may_1957_page_20.jpg
[4] Press 11 Aug 1960, Page 20. Image sourced from the National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past.tbn_nz_murphy_4_press_11_aug_1960_page_20.jpg
Press 22 Apr 1954, Page 6. Image sourced from the National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past.tbn_nz_murhpy_press_22_apr_1954_page_6.jpg
Press 18 Jun 1954, Page 17 Image sourced from the National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past.tbn_nz_murphy_press_18_jun_1954_page_17.jpg
Press 15 Jun 1961, Page 13. Image sourced from the National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past.tbn_nz_murphy_press_15_jun_1961_page_13.jpg
Press 15 Jun 1961, Page 10. Image sourced from the National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past.tbn_nz_murphy_press_15_jun_1961_page_10.jpg

  
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