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Atkins (WA) Ltd.; Perth, WA

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Name: Atkins (WA) Ltd.; Perth, WA    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: atkins
Products: Model types

Atkins (WA) Ltd.
Mazda House, 894 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia.

The Company marketed building, electrical, mining supplies, automotive and lighting. They also sold radios from 1924.

Founded: 1886
Closed: 1971
Production: 1924 -

Charles Atkins and Son., Merchants and Importers of Melbourne set up a branch in Fremantle Western Australia in 1886[1]

In 1911 the company registered as Charles Atkins and Co. (WA) Ltd. and moved their head office to 20 Queen Street, Perth.[2] They imported building material and electrical equipment from overseas and the Eastern States of Australia. In August 1913 they moved to new premises at Mazda House, Hay Street, Perth.[3] In 1925 the company name was shortened to Atkins (WA) Ltd.[4]

The company merged with Carlyle and Co. in 1971 to become Atkins Carlyle Pty. Ltd. [7]

The late Sir Charles Nathan was the founder of Atkins (W.A.) Limited, and prior to that was the W.A manager of Charles Atkins and Company. His keen foresight and faith in Western Australia has been abundantly demonstrated in the fine business he built and which is being carried on with the same tradition and spirit of service. It is interesting to note that the late Sir Charles Nathan was appointed chairman to the Trade Delegation of the Federated Malay States and Java, in 1921, and received his knighthood in the New Year's Honours in 1928. He was elected M.L.C. in 1980, and occupied this position until his death in 1936.[4]

Known brands sold by the company;

  • Sterling, imported from the UK[5]
  • Federal, WA made 5 valves in a Jarrah cabinet.
  • Hotpoint
  • General Electric
  • Regentone, imported from the UK[6]

[1] The Hannan's Herald (WA) Sep 23, 1896,  Page 2.
[2] The Daily News (WA) Oct 28, 1911,  Page 6.
[3] The West Australian (WA) Aug 29, 1913,  Page 1.
[4] Sunday Times (WA) Jul 7, 1940,  Page 7.
[5] The Daily News (WA) Dec 17, 1924  Page 5.
[6] Encyclopaedia of Western Australian Wirelesses and Gramophones, 2012. Page 6.
[7] J S Battye Library of West Australian History. Private Archives – Collection. MN2356, Acc 6212A

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  50 Intercom 5Y3GT  Intercom system for 2 to 6 stations. Push to talk operation. 
AUS  46 Regentone U22X 6K8G  Imported Regentone U22 radio. One known Australian version of this radio was ... 


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

[1] The Hannan's Herald (WA) Sep 23, 1896, Page 2.tbn_aus_atkins_1_the_hannan_s_herald_wa_sep_23_1896_page_2..jpg
[2] The Daily News (WA) Oct 28, 1911, Page 6.tbn_aus_atkins_2_the_daily_news_wa_oct_28_1911_page_6..jpg
[3] Move to Mazda House. The West Australian (WA) Aug 29, 1913, Page 1.tbn_aus_atkins_3_the_west_australian_wa_aug_29_1913_page_1..jpg
[4] History of Atkins in 1940. Sunday Times (WA) Jul 7, 1940, Page 7.tbn_aus_atkins_4_sunday_times_wa_july_7_1940_page_7.jpg
[5] Selling Sterling receivers. The Daily News (WA) Dec 17, 1924 Page 5.tbn_aus_atkins_5_the_daily_news_wa_dec_17_1924_page_5..jpg
Radio advert 1924. Sunday Times (WA) Dec 14, 1924, page 17.tbn_aus_atkins_sunday_times_wa_dec_14_1924_page_17.jpg
Selling Hotpoint radios in 1940. Sunday Times (WA) Jul 7, 1940, Page 7.tbn_aus_atkins_sunday_times_wa_jul_7_1940_page_7..jpg