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Stromberg-Carlson (Australasia) Pty. Ltd. Sydney

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Name: Stromberg-Carlson (Australasia) Pty. Ltd. Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: stromberg
Products: Model types

Stromberg-Carlson (Australasia) Pty. Ltd.  

1922 - 1926: 229 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

1923 - 1936:  72-76 William Street, Sydney

1936: Factory, 118 Bourke Rd. Alexandria, NSW


Stromberg-Carlson was an autonomous operation in Australia and bore very little resemblance to its American parent. The company began its presence by importing receivers from the United States in 1927. In 1928 Stromberg-Carlson began local manufacture of receivers and most of the components.

Founded: 1927
Production: 1928 - 1961

L.P.R. Bean & Co. was formed around 1919 by Leslie Bean an Electrical Engineer who left the Post Master Generals department to start the company to represent Stromberg-Carlson in Australia. They imported telephone equipment and later radio receivers. In 1923 Leslie Bean established the first factory in Australia to manufacture telephone equipment in William Street Sydney and concentrated on products not made by Stromberg-Carlson in the US. This was so successful that in March 1927 the US parent entered into a partnership and formed Stromberg-Carlson (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., with Bean as Managing Director and NS Gilmore as Director.

The import of receivers ceased and the company began making radio components, transformers speakers etc. and complete radio sets. Their first set was called the Treasure Compact 6 and was advertised in November 1928 as being designed and manufactured wholly in Australia.

Leslie Bean was one of the founders of 2BL Sydney in 1923 and chairman of directors until its takeover by the Federal Government in 1928.

During October 1936 they moved to a new factory in Alexandria

In 1937 the US parent relinquished its controlling interest, while still remaining a shareholder and providing engineering assistance, technical information and the Australian rights to all patents taken out by the American company.

Stromberg-Carlson made receivers and components both for their own receivers and sets made by other companies. Brands included their own plus Audiola and Crosley. Between 1939 and 1945 Stromberg-Carlson continued with radio manufacture, though as a much slower rate. They produced telephones and telephone switchboards for the Australian Army.

In the 1950’s the company was producing pressure cookers, radiators, fans as well as radios and radiograms. After the advent of televisions in Australia Stromberg Carlson tried to participate in the market but failed to excite.

It is interesting to note that this company was a training ground for expertise in radio manufacturing in Australia. Fred Thom was a Production Engineer and John Smith was a Forman in the tool room. They left the companyin 1929 to form Thom and smith, TASMA. NS Gilmore left the company in 1931 to found Lekmek Radio.

This manufacturer was suggested by Wolfgang Scheida.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  36/37 Console Grand 837G Ch= 837 6D6  Stromberg-Carlson 837 Acoustical Labyrinth; Tuning indicator tube, unique designed built-... 
AUS  48 Air Hostess 4A18 ECH35   
AUS  47 4P17 1R5   
AUS  36 536 6F7  Triode section of 6F7 used as audio amplifier. 
AUS  36/37 Concert Grand 837G Ch= 837 6D6  Stromberg-Carlson 837 Acoustical Labyrinth; Tuning indicator tube, unique designed built-... 
AUS  32/33 Audiola Junior 492 57  Sold under "Audiola" brand name. Type 47 valve is biased detector as well as output valve. 
AUS  33/34 534 57   
AUS  33 533 57   
AUS  35 55A CK1  The Stromberg-Carlson 55a The New Mantel Receiver A NEW Universal Mantel Receiver ha... 
AUS  35 55B CK1   
AUS  59 All Transistor 7 79T11 (79TII) OC44  Stromberg Carlson 79T11 All Transistor; Switch for portable or in-car use, ext. antenna p... 
AUS  35/36 736 6D6  Covers the broadcast band and short wave band from 5.8mHz to 18.5mHz. This radio incorp... 


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

Advertisment from "West Australian Wireless & Musical World" April 18, 1932.tbn_aus_stromberg_carlson_ad_1932.jpg
Advertisment from "West Australian Wireless & Musical World" April 18, 1932.tbn_aus_stromberg_carlson_ad2_1932.jpg
Logo 1930's.tbn_aus_stromberg_carlson_logo.jpg
Advertisement for Audiola brands from the "Avocate"(Tas), 20 March 1933.tbn_aus_stromberg_carlson_audiola_ad_1933.jpg
Advert for selling imported Stromberg-Carlson radios by L.P.R. Bean & Co. From The Sunday Times (NSW) 27 February 1927, page 10.tbn_aus_stromberg_advert_st_27_2_1929p10.jpg
On 14 October 1936 the company moved to a new factory in Alexandria, NSW which was opened by the Prime Minister Mr. Lyons. From The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) 13 October 1936, page 12tbn_aus_stromberg_new_factory_smh_nsw_13_oct_1936_p12.jpg
A newspaper article describing the first Stromberg-Carlson radio wholly designed and built in Australia, the Treasure Compact 6 Valve Radio. From The Land (NSW) 9 November 1928 Page 16.tbn_aus_stromberg_first_aust_radio_9_11_1928.jpg
Stromberg-Carlson (Australasia) Pty. Ltd was registered with Bean as Managing Director and NS Gilmore as Director. From The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) 24 March 1927, Page 13.tbn_aus_stromberg_registered_smh_24_3_1927p13.jpg
An announcement from L.P.R. Bean & Co. that Stromberg-Carlson radios will be soon made in Australia. From The Sydney Mail (NSW) 2 March 1927, Page 19.tbn_aus_stromberg_announce_sydney_mail_2_3_1927p19.jpg
An announcement from Stromberg-Carlson (Australasia) Pty. Ltd on the “Acoustical Labyrinth” speaker enclosure which has a winding passageway which acts as an acoustic transmission line to bring the sound from the rear to the front to enhance the low frequency response. From The Sunday guardian (NSW) 20 September 1926, page 7.tbn_aus_stromberg_announce_acoustical_labyrinth_in_australia_sunday_guardin_20_9_1936p7.jpg
601B imported from the USA & sold in Australia in April 1926. Wireless Weekly April 30, 1926, page 12.tbn_aus_stromberg_601b_wireless_weekly_1926_04_30_page_12.jpg
A very detailed history from 1939 on LPR Bean. radio Trade Annual 1939, page 128.tbn_aus_stromberg_rta_1939_page_128.jpg
1932 Models. Stromberg-Carlson_Wireless Weekly Dec 9, 1932, Page 9.tbn_aus_stromberg_carlson_wireless_weekly_dec_9_1932_page_9..jpg
1929/30 Treasure Chest Receivers. Wireless Weekly Jun 28, 1929, Page 5. Image sourced from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_stromberg_wireless_weekly_jun_28_1929_page_5.jpg