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Commonwealth Electronics Pty. Ltd.; Hobart, TAS

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Name: Commonwealth Electronics Pty. Ltd.; Hobart, TAS    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: commonwe
Products: Model types
Summary:

Commonwealth Electronics Pty. Ltd.
Derwent Park Annexe, Hobart, Tasmania
James Street, Baulkam Hills, NSW

The company manufactured precision broadcast quality transcription turntables, tone arms and portable tape recorders.

Founded: 1950
Closed: 1966
Production: 1950 - 1966
History:

The company manufactured from the WW2 Derwent Park Munitions Factory in Hobart which had been rebuilt as part of the postwar reconstruction by the Commonwealth Government to employ ex-servicemen.[1]

They manufactured in Hobart and their head office was in Baulkam Hills, Sydney. Their turntables were used at most of the ABC broadcast studios and transmitting sites throughout Australia in the late 1950’s. [2]   They also manufactured spring motor driven tape recorders.[3]

In 1966 the company was taken over by Philips Industries.

[1] The Mercury (Tas) May 7, 1946, Page 10.
[2] Broadcast & TV Year Book 1958, Page 118.
[3] Radio & Hobbies, Oct 1956, Page 106.

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  55–58 TranscriptionTurntable 16A   Model 16 A is a three speed professional transcription turntable with a 16 inch ... 
AUS  55–58 TranscriptionTurntable   Model 12 A is a three speed professional transcription turntable with a 12 inch platter. ... 
AUS  55 CEB Tape Machine 1U5  Seven valve Portable, battery operated, spring driven motor, tape recorder designed for us... 
AUS  58 WRN/2 Pickup   Tonearm with magnetic cartridge used with Commonwealth Electronics 12” and 16” transcripti... 
AUS  57 TranscriptionTurntable 12B   Model 12B is a four speed professional transcription turntable with a 12 inch platter. ... 
AUS  57 TranscriptionTurntable 12B-1   Model 12B-1 is a four speed professional transcription turntable with a 12 inch platter. ... 
AUS  59 TranscriptionTurntable 12D/3 OA210  The Commonwealth Electronics 12D was the most popular turntable the company produced. I... 
AUS  59 TranscriptionTurntable 12D/4 OA210  The Commonwealth Electronics 12D was the most popular turntable the company produced. I... 

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

[1] WW2 Derwent Park Munitions Factory in Hobart. The Mercury (Tas) May 7, 1946, Page 10.tbn_aus_commonwe_1_the_mercury_tas_may_7_1946_page_10.jpg
[2] Their turntables were used at most of the ABC broadcast studios and transmitting sites. Broadcast & TV Year Book 1958, Page 118.tbn_aus_commonwe_2_b_tv_yb_1958_p118.jpg
[3] They also manufactured spring motor driven tape recorders. Radio & Hobbies, Oct 1956, Page 106.tbn_aus_commonwe_3_radio_hobbies_oct_1956_page_106.jpg
The Company Logo.tbn_aus_commonwe_logo.jpg
Philips advert mentioning manufacturing at Commonwealth Electronics. The Canberra Times (ACT) Sep 7, 1968 Page 6tbn_aus_commonwealth_the_canberra_times_act_sep_7_1968_page_6.jpg

  
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