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Chandler & Co., J.B. (Duodex, Rastus,Gloriola); Brisbane, QLD

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Name: Chandler & Co., J.B. (Duodex, Rastus,Gloriola); Brisbane, QLD    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: chandler
Products: Model types Others
Summary:

JB Chandler & Co.
Elizabeth Street, Brisbane (1913)
46 Adelaide Street, Brisbane (1923)

Brands; DUODEX; RASTUS; GLORIOLA.

 

In 1923 J. B. Chandler & Co. opened a store in Adelaide Street that specialized in electrical appliances and equipment. He then began to sell radio parts, eventually assembling his own sets and also importing sets from America. In 1928 his company became the Queensland distributor for Amalgamated Wireless Australasia Ltd.[1]

Founded: 1913
History:

John Beals Chandler (1887-1962) opened his first hardware store in Elizabeth St, Brisbane in 1913. Chandler increasingly focussed on electrical household appliances and opened a larger store as "J. B. Chandler & Co" in Adelaide Street in 1923.[1]

The company opened a radio section in December 1924 selling parts [2]

From early 1925 they imported radios from the USA and manufactured “Rastus” crystal sets and “Duodex” 2 and 3-valve radios. [2] They also assembled and marketed the “Gloriola” brand in 9 distinctive models with a 12 month guarantee. [1], [3].

They advertised the Freshman Masterpiece 5 which was probably an imported chassis fitted to a Queensland manufactured cabinet. [4]

They obtained the AWA radio franchise for Queensland in August 1928.[5]

Advertisements from August 1928 show the company exclusively advertised AWA radios until 1935 when they also started to advertise other Australian brands, Astor and Hypresco. However the company mainly concentrated on AWA until the early 50's.

During World War II the firm was associated with AWA in installing and servicing radio, radar and echo-sounding equipment in ships.

This business grew to become the public company Chandlers Pty Ltd, with stores across Queensland and northern NSW, in 1938. Chandlers remained a family-controlled business until 1977. Chandler was elected lord mayor of Brisbane in 1940 and served 4 full terms till 1952.

In 1930 he founded the Brisbane radio station 4BC (4 "Beals Chandler") to stimulate demand for his radio sets. He went on to own various other Queensland radio stations, including 4BH in Brisbane.[1]

 

[1] Australian Dictionary of Biography, chandler, Sir John Beals
[2] The Daily Standard(Qld) Dec 20, 1924 Page 7.
[3] The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) Oct 16, 1925  Page 11.
[4] The Queensland Radio News Sep 1, 1926, Page 32.

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  26/27 Gloriola 2 - Valve Amplifier   Gloriola Crystal set  amplifier advertised in 1926/27 for £7/10/- including batt... 
AUS  26/27 Gloriola crystal set   Gloriola Crystal set advertised in 1926/27 for £3/5/- complete with headphones and ae... 
AUS  26 Reshman Masterpiece 5-Valve   Probably an imported radio, advertised in September 1926. 
AUS  26/27 Gloriola 1 - Valve Amplifier   Gloriola Crystal set  amplifier advertised in 1926/27 for £4/10/- including batt... 
AUS  26/27 Duodex 2 Valve   Advertised in 1926 for Aus£12/10/- complete with loudspeaker and all accessories. 
AUS  26/27 Radio Rastus [Novelty Crystal Set]   The Radio Rastus crystal set was made from painted plywood in the figure of a black c... 

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

Sunday Mail (Qld), 26 December 1926, page 27tbn_aus_chandler_dec_26_ad.jpg
Newspaper article saying JB Chandler manufactures Gloria and Duodex receivers. Brisbane Courier (Qld), 16 December 1926, page 25.tbn_aus_chandler_artical_1926.jpg
Chandler & Co. Radiola window display August 1934. From Radio Retailer Australia, August 1934, Page 14.tbn_aus_chandler_window_rr_aug_34_p14.jpg
[2] The company opened a radio section in December 1924. The Daily Standard(Qld) Dec 20, 1924 Page 7tbn_aus_chandler_2_the_daily_standard_qld_dec_20_1924_p7.jpg
[3] They also assembled and marketed the “Gloriola” brand in 9 distinctive models with a 12 month guarantee. The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) Oct 16, 1925 Page 11.tbn_aus_chandler_3_the_brisbane_courier_qld._oct_16_1925_p11.jpg
[4] They advertised the Freshman Masterpiece 5 which was probably an imported chassis fitted to a Queensland manufactured cabinet. The Queensland Radio News Sep 1, 1926, Page 32.tbn_aus_chandler_3_freshnman_5.jpg
Advertising Duodex, Rastus, Gloriola receivers and lion Micro Crystal detectors. Sunday Mail ( Qld.) Dec 26, 1926, Page 21tbn_aus_chandler_ad_sunday_mail_qld._dec_26_1926_page_21.jpg

  
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