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Ferris Bros. Pty Ltd.; Sydney

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Name: Ferris Bros. Pty Ltd.; Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: ferris
Products: Model types Others
Summary:

Ferris Bros. Pty Ltd., Cnr. William and Dowling Str., Sydney.
Manufacturer of car and portable radios.

Founded: 1934
Production: 1934 -
History:
[In 1932 William Malcolm Ferris (nick name "Chum", *1914, +2007)) started manufacturing hand-assembled mantel and console home radio receivers "one by one"]
In 1934 the elder brother of William, George Ferris, joined him to establish the "Ferris Bros. Pty Ltd.", since about 1937/38 mainly for development and manufacturing of car radios.
During WW2 the Ferris brothers diversified into manufacturing gas-producing units to provide alternative fuel for cars.
After end of WW2 the production of car radios started again. Later additional products was TV receivers, antennas, laboratory equipment, and even boat trailers, golf buggies and model trains.
Another remarcable product was a fully rotating antenna system which could receive TV signals from any position on a boat.
In the 50ies and early 60ies the company employed up to 700 workers.
In 1960 Ferris "Gutter Grip" car radio antenna was patented in Australia (#242531) and New Zealand (#128497).
In 1970 Ferris sold his business to the "Hawker Siddeley" group.

In 1998 "Chum" Ferris donated a vast amount of advertising material, journals and a large collection of radios (spanning more than 30 years of production) to the "Powerhouse Museum" in Sydney.

This manufacturer was suggested by Wolfgang Scheida.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  50–52 86 [6 volt.] 6BA6  Models: 86 and 87. (RADIO ELECTRICAL WEEKLY 26/1/51) Features: Compact 7V 6v or 12v ... 
AUS  50–52 87 [6 volt.] 6BA6  This set was advertised as being a compact radio being suitable for small English cars. T... 
AUS  52 HiFi Tuner 6AN7  4 valve, 3 stage, wideband IF, superhet, HiFi AM Tuner with a switchable 10kHz whistl... 
AUS  58–60 Ferrismatic Super Seven M105 (105) [6 volt]   Pressbutton tuning car radio. I.F./power unit same as for Model 102. 
AUS  58–60 Ferrismatic Super Seven M105 (105) [12 volt]   Pressbutton tuning car radio. I.F./power unit same as for Model 102. 
AUS  67 Marina 60, HF, AM Marine Transceiver   60 Watt, HF AM Marine Transceiver. Available in 12 V or 24 V versions. 24V ... 
AUS  67 Kingfisher 65, HF, AM Marine Transceiver   65 Watt, HF AM Marine Transceiver. Available in 12 V or 24 V versions. 24V ... 
AUS  69 Marina 150, 150 W, HF AM Marine Transceiver   Marina 150, 150 W HF, AM Marine Transceiver. 150 watts input to give 100 watts aeria... 
AUS  67 Marina 30, HF, AM Marine Transceiver   30 Watt, HF AM Marine Transceiver. 
AUS  67 Marina 105, HF, AM Marine Transceiver   105 Watt, HF AM Marine Transceiver. Available in 12 V or 24 V versions. 24V&nbs... 
AUS  56/57 M109 (109)   Mains/battery powered portable radio. Battery Eveready Mini-Max Type 753. 
AUS  53 Portable Car Radio 94 M94 6BH5  Early Portable Car Radio. This model mounts in a cradle under the dash board when used as ... 

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

From the “Western Mail”,(WA), October 2, 1947.tbn_aus_ferris_1947.jpg
From the “Western Mail”,(WA), August 19, 1948tbn_aus_ferris_1948.jpg
From Manufacturers litraturetbn_aus_ferris_logo.jpg
Manufacturers litraturetbn_aus_ferris_dash_views.jpg
Advert from 1970.tbn_aus_ferris_ad_1970.jpg
Ferris Red Rattler, model train carriage c. 1950tbn_ferris_red_rattler_train_carriage_1950.jpg

  
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