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ECA, Electric Corporation of Australia Ltd. (E.C.A.); Sydney, NSW

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Name: ECA, Electric Corporation of Australia Ltd. (E.C.A.); Sydney, NSW    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: eca-au
Products: Model types
Summary:

Electric Corporation of Australia Ltd.
2 King Street, Sydney, NSW
1 Primrose Avenue, Mascot, NSW

The Electric Corporation of Australia Ltd. was short lived company of 11 months who manufactured and installed sound-projection systems in theatres in Sydney. They also sold E.C.A. radios which were possibly manufactured by them or came from old Udisco stock.

Founded: 1930
Closed: 1930
Production: 1930 - 1930
History:

The company was registered in January 1930 with first Directors EG Beard, HB Carpenter, RG Waley & GW Marner. [1] EG Beard was the Chief Engineer from United Distributors Ltd.  which went into liquidation in early 1930.

The company sold E.C.A. Receivers which were advertised as superseding Udisco Receivers. [2]

It is interesting to note in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald of October 28, 1930 it is mentioned that the company had obtained a good “Talkie” apparatus from EG Beard.[3] This is possibly were the sound-projection systems and E.C.A receivers superseding Udisco came from.

The company sold and installed sound-projection systems in theatres in NSW. [4] [5]

The company was wound up in November 1930 [6], possibly as a result of the “Talkie Wars” between, US interests  and Australia cheaper Raycophone equipment. [7]

EG Beard then went on to start Ace Amplifiers Ltd. in 1931.

[1] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Jan 11, 1930, Page 17.
[2] Smiths Weekly Mar 22, 1930, Page 10. 
[3] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW)  Oct 28, 1930, Page 6.
[4] Tweed Daily (NSW)  Fri 9 May, 1930, Page 2.
[5] Everyones, Apr 30, 1930, page 25.
[6] The Sun (NSW),  Nov  21, 1930,  Page 11.
[7] Talking salvation for the silent majority: projecting new possibilities of modernity in the Australian cinema, 1929-1933,  BM Yecies, University of Wollongong.

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  30 E.C.A. Combination Concert Model   TRF, Radio Gramophone, advertised for £167/2/6 in March 1930. 
AUS  30 E.C.A. All-Electric 6   TRF, Radio, advertised for £46/17/6, exclusive of speaker in March 1930. 
AUS  30 E.C.A. All-Electric 3   TRF, Radio, advertised for £25/10/-, exclusive of speaker in March 1930. 
AUS  30 E.C.A. All-Electric 4   TRF, Radio, advertised for £34/16/6, exclusive of speaker in March 1930. 

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

[1] The company was registered in January 1930 with first Directors EG Beard, HB Carpenter, RG Waley & GW Marner. [1] EG Beard was the Chief Engineer from United Distributors Ltd. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Jan 11, 1930 Page 17.tbn_aus_eca_au_1_smh_jan_11_1930_p17.jpg
[2] They sold E.C.A. Receivers which were advertised as superseding Udisco Receivers. Smiths Weekly Mar 22, 1930, Page 10 .tbn_aus_eca_au_2_smiths_weekly_mar_22_1930p10.jpg
[3] EG beards "Talkie” apparatus at ECA. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Oct 28 1930 Page 6.tbn_aus_eca_au_3_smh_nsw_oct_28_1930_p6.jpg
[4] EG Beard installing sound apparatus in the Capitol Theater in Coolangatta. Tweed Daily (NSW) Fri 9 May 1930 Page 2tbn_aus_eca_au_4_tweed_daily_nsw_fri_9_may_1930_p2.jpg
[5] E.C.A. sound equipment installed in three Sydney theaters. Everyones, Apr 30, 1930 page 25.tbn_aus_eca_au_5_everyones_apr_30_1930_p_25.jpg
[6] Company wound up. The Sun (NSW), Nov 21, 1930 Page 11.tbn_aus_eca_au_6_the_sun_nsw_nov_21_1930_p_11.jpg
E.C.A. Radio receivers 1930. Wireless Weekly Mar 21, 1930 Inside cover.tbn_aus_eca_au_wireless_weekly_mar_21_1930_inside_cover.jpg
ECA Receiver advert 1930. Wireless Weekly Apr 25, 1930, page 1tbn_aus_eca_au_wireless_weekly_apr_25_1930_page_1.jpg
E.C.A. Receivers which were advertised as superseding Udisco Receivers. Wireless Weekly, Mar 28, 1930, page 51.tbn_aus_eca_au_wireless_weekly_mar_28_1930_p51.jpg

  
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