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Eclipse Radio Pty. Ltd.; Melbourne

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Name: Eclipse Radio Pty. Ltd.; Melbourne    (AUS)  
alternative name:
Electronic Industries Ltd
Brand: Croyden || Eclipse || Monarch || Peter Pan || Saxon || Univox
Abbreviation: eclipse
Products: Model types
Summary:

 Eclipse Radio Pty. Ltd. 
349 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. (1929  - 1932)
Factory, 111 – 113 Queens’ Bridge Street, South Melbourne, Victoria (1931 - )
216-222 City Road, South Melbourne. (1932 - )

Brands: Croyden || Eclipse ||Endeavour||Monarch || Peter Pan || Saxon || Univox

Eclipse Radio Pty. Ltd. was a large manufacturer and wholesaler of radios and components from the 1930’s till the 1950’s.

Founded: 1926
Production: 1926 -
History:

Albert Aarons & Saul Clarence Aarons founded the company in May 1926.

In 1926 they imported components and started to manufacture their own radios using the experience Saul Aarons gained from working with Tunafone Pty. Ltd. in 1925.[1]  

They advertised the “Lewbury” brand of power  transformers, chokes and high power resistors in June 1930. It is not clear if these were manufactured by Eclipse for Tilbury & Lewis Pty. Ltd. or vice versa [2].

In March 1931 they advertised for wholesale representation for distributors in all states of Australia.[3]  Also in 1931 they set up a factory in Queen’s Bridge Street, South Melbourne.[4]

They manufactured Saxon loud speakers and radios under several brands, as listed above.

Albert Aarons retired in August 1938 and Saul Aarons carried on as the Director of the company.[5]

In April 1939 the company was acquired by the newly founded Electronic Industries Ltd. 

Saul Aarons was one of the Directors of Electronic Industries Ltd, along with the two Directors of Radio Corporation Pty. Ltd., (Messrs A. G. Warner and L. H. Abrahams)  and F. W. Clarke from  Ferrocart Pty. Ltd.[6]

Eclipse Radio Pty. Ltd. continued to function as an active subsidiary of Electronic Industries Pty. Ltd along with its separate retail chain as Warner stated “No industry can progress without competition”. [7]

[1] Radio Trade Annual, 1933, Page 105.
[2] Wireless Weekly, Jun 12, 1930, Page 22.
[3] Examiner (Tas.) Mar 28, 1931, Page 1. 
[4] Record (Vic.) Mar 21, 1931, Page 1.
[5] Radio Trade Annual, 1939, Page 127.
[6] The Age (Vic.) Jun 1, 1939, Page 9.
[7] Smith's Weekly (NSW) Jan 14, 1950, Page 8.

This manufacturer was suggested by Wolfgang Scheida.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  47–51 Monarch Minstrel CKP [With 3Q4 valve] 1T4  MODEL: CKP. Features: 5V, B/C; tuned R.F. stage; 8' speaker; combined on/off switch... 
AUS  32 Univox 7   7 Valve, AC powered, Superhet with RF stage. The aerial circuit incorporates a band pas... 
AUS  37 Croyden 614/12 6D6   
AUS  37 Croyden 569/13 6A7  Also available with metal valves as Model 570/13. 
AUS  37 Croyden 565/16 6A7  Incorporates “Band Spread” tuning indicator. Also available in alternative cabinets at ... 
AUS  37 Croyden 552/12 1C4   
AUS  37 Croyden 562/8 6A7   
AUS  36 Croyden 705/12   Same as model 706/12, but with glass tubes instead of metal. With Magic Eye tuning indi... 
AUS  37 Croyden 570/13   Same as model 569/13, but with metal octal tubes. 
AUS  37 Croyden 550/17   Same as model 547/17, but with metal octal tubes. With Magic Eye tuning indicator. 
AUS  37 Croyden 546/17   Same as model 539/17, but with metal octal tubes. 
AUS  37 Croyden 706/12 6K7  Also available with glass valves as Model 705/12. 

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

[1] Albert Aarons & Saul Clarence Aarons founded the company in May 1926. Radio Trade Annual, 1933, Page 105.tbn_aus_eclipse_1_rta_1933_p105.jpg
[2] They advertised the “Lewbury” brand of power transformers, chokes and high power resistors in June 1930. Wireless Weekly, Jun 12, 1930, Page 22.tbn_aus_eclipse_2_wireless_weekly_jun_12_1930_page_22.jpg
[3] Advertised for wholesale representation for distributors. Examiner (Tas.) Mar 28, 1931, Page 1.tbn_aus_eclipse_3_examiner_tas._mar_28_1931_page_1.jpg
[4] Factory visit description March 1931. The Record (Vic.) Mar 21, 1931, Page 1.tbn_aus_eclipse_document_1931.jpg
[5] Albert Aarons retired in August 1938. Radio Trade Annual, 1939, Page 127.tbn_aus_eclipse_5_rta_1939_p127.jpg
[6] Saul Aarons was one of the Directors of Electronic Industries Ltd. The Age (Vic.) Jun 1, 1939, Page 9.tbn_aus_eclipse_6_the_age_vic._jun_1_1939_page_9.jpg
[7] Eclipse Radio Pty. Ltd. continued to function as an active subsidiary of Electronic Industries Pty. Ltd. Smith's Weekly (NSW) Jan 14, 1950, Page 8.tbn_aus_exclipse_7_smiths_weekly_vic._jan_14_1950_page_8.jpg
Eclipse Radio sold and used Saxon Speakers. From the Electrical & radio exhibition 1934 : souvenir number, Town Hall, Sydney, February 28th - March 10thtbn_aus_eclipse_saxon_advert_1934.jpg
Eclipse manufactured amplification equipment used in picture theaters. Here it is advertised for the movie, Faust, From the Advertiser”(SA), March 19 1934,tbn_aus_eclipse_faust_ad_1934.jpg
Endeavor Midget & Croyden Mantel advert 1934. Wireless Weekly Aug 17, 1934 P26.tbn_aus_eclipse_endeavour_midget_ww_aug_17_1934_p26.jpg

  
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