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His Master's Voice (HMV, H.M.V.), EMI (Australia) Ltd.; Sydney, NSW

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Name: His Master's Voice (HMV, H.M.V.), EMI (Australia) Ltd.; Sydney, NSW    (AUS)  
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The Gramophone Company
27 Railway Parade, Erskineville, Sydney (1925)

The Columbia Record Company
2 - 6 Parramatta Rd, Homebush, Sydney (1926)

EMI (Australia) Ltd. Pty.
301 Castlereagh Street, Sydney (from 1949)


"His Master's Voice" (HMV) was a trade mark used by The Grammophone Co. and its subsidiaries, which later became EMI.

The Gramophone Co. and several other major labels were taken over by the American RCA corporation during the 1920s, and in 1931 these were merged to become EMI. However, the Australian division continued to trade as The Gramophone Co. (Australia) and it was was not until 1949 that it was re-incorporated as EMI (Australia) Pty Ltd. At this time it moved to new company headquarters at 301 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. In 1951 the company moved its recording studios to Castlereagh Street, where it remained until 1999.

Founded: 1925
Production: 1936 -


1925 – The Columbia Graphophone Company (later to become EMI Records) opened Australia’s first record factory and recording studio at Columbia Lane, Homebush in Sydney on the 14th October 1926. The studio was large enough to accommodate a small orchestra and operated on the same site for 28 years.

1928 – Recording made of the arrival of Kingsford-Smith and Ulm from their America-Australia Flight 1930 – First Experimental radio transcription was made in the studios.

1932 – First landline recording of the running of the Melbourne Cup.

1950 – Recorded the first symphony in Australia. (John Antill’s ballet suite with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

1954 – The studio was re-located to EMI’s new head office building at 301 Castlereagh Street in the city and renamed EMI Studios. There were 3 recording studios: A, B, & C plus disc mastering facilities. As well as music for release on record labels, much of the work undertaken in the early days was for local radio broadcast including the immortal “Dad & Dave” programmes. Jingles for commercial radio & TV, as well as film scores were also a significant part of the studio’s business. 1958 – Stereo Recording is introduced. (First Stereo recording is of Don Burrows All Star band)

1962 – The first fully transistorised mixing console is installed. (Designed and built by EMI)

1965 – A Scully 4 track 1/2″ recorder introduced for music recording

1969 – Transition to 8 track recording using a 3M 1″ machine

1973 – The EMI “Abbey Road” Console with a 16 track 2″ machine is installed

1975 – Transition to Studer 24 track 2″ recording

1978 – In 1978 the entire facility was rebuilt, re-equipped and expanded by EMI to provide 4 studios and was renamed Studios 301

1979 – Australia’s first fully digital recording is made at Studios 301. (Kerrie Biddell and her band) 1985 – The studio’s first SSL console is installed. (Richard Lush records Debbie Byrne album)

1996 – EMI sells Studios 301 in a management buy-out. Studios A & B closed down and the facility consolidated to one recording and mixing studio, a programming suite, and the mastering operation 1998 – Studios 301 sold to a private investor. The 301 Studio Group takes over Soundtrade Studios in Stockholm, Sweden

1999 – Studios 301 recording facilities are relocated to Alexandria at a cost of AUS$8 million under the direction of Tom Misner

2001 – Studios 301 celebrated 75 years of recording in Australia, and Studios 301 Cologne, Germany opens

2002 – Studios 301 Byron Bay opens

2003 – Soundtrade Studios (Stockholm, Sweden) re-opens after a major refurbishment and is renamed Studios 301 Stockholm

2004 – SSL 9000K series console is installed in Sydney Studio 2

2006 – Studios 301 Mastering relocates to the extended premises at the 301 studio complex in Alexandria, Sydney

2009 – Studios 301 celebrates its 10th Birthday at the Alexandria facilities in November

2012 – Six new music production studios open next door to the mastering facilities, occupied by composers, engineers and artists

This manufacturer was suggested by Peter Hughes.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  54/55 Nippergram 33-61 Ch= 33 6BE6  Dual-wave tablegram with BSR Regent GU4A 3-speed record player. Covered wooden case in ... 
AUS  68 Charleston PU3-BE Ch= PU3 6ES8  This 23 inch B&W television tuned the 13 standard Australian VHF channels. 
AUS  61–66 Rangemaster, Little Nipper J4-17 Ch= J4 OC170  His Master's Voice Model J4-17 "Range-Master" Battery operated B/C cordless... 
AUS  66 Safari JF-8E SE1010  Portable radiogram. Case colours in Tan, Red & Charcoal. 
AUS  62–64 Regent J8-1C Ch= J8 OC170  His Master's Voice J8-1C "Regent" A seven transistor, two diode portable ra... 
AUS  48/48 547 Ch= A537BS 6A8G   
AUS  49/50 B13B 6A8G   
AUS  47/47 537W (Ch = A536 D/S) 6J8GA   
AUS  54–58 12-11 Ch= 12 1R5  Four valve battery/AC type. Provision for battery reactivation is incorporated. Colours... 
AUS  50/51 Little Nipper Mk. II A13B 6A8G  Colours available in Cream, Walnut, Green & Burgundy. 
AUS  39 Dual Wave 660 6J8G  This is an very refined radio design with an IF response extending beyond 8kHz. 
AUS  50 B11A 1R5  Batteries required: 1.5 Volt "A" Eveready Type X250-P & 2 x 45 Volt "B"... 


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

Advertisement in "The Age", 23.09.1959tbn_aus_hmv_emi_advert1953.jpg
Gramophone Company, Erskineville factory opening. From the “Sunday Times,(NSW), January 24, 1926.tbn_aus_hmv_factory_opening.jpg
Reconstructed Speaker Labeltbn_aus_emi_blue_speaker_label.jpg
Reconstructed Speaker Labeltbn_aus_emi_red_speaker_label.jpg

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His Master's Voice (HMV, H.M.V.), EMI (Australia) Ltd.; Sydney, NSW
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Martin Kent

In the HMV model list are a number of Kelvinator branded HMV clones. Kelvinator is not a brand of HMV, but rather they sourced their receivers from HMV. Kelvinator also briefly sourced TV models from Pye.

What I'd like to suggest is that all the Kelvinator models be removed from the HMV list and replaced in a Manufacturer/Brand page for Kelvinator. I have already created a manufacturer/Brand page for Kelvinator but has not yet been approved


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HMV Australia History
Martin Kent

His Masters Voice (HMV) Australia has its origins in a record pressing plant set up in 1925 in the Sydney suburb of Erskineville by its British parent, The Gramphone Company. The address for this record pressing plant is 127 Railway Parade, Erskineville.

Meanwhile in 1926 another record pressing concern set up a factory at 2 - 6 Parramatta Rd, Homebush, Sydney.

In 1931 a merger took place in Britain with The Gramphone Company (HMV), The Columbia Record Company & Parlaphone Records. This merger became known as the The Electric & Musical Industries (EMI). In 1931 The Gramophone Company relocated from Erskineville & combined with The Columbia Company at the Homebush plant.

The Homebush factory was considerably enlarged in 1935 to accomodate the manufacturing of wireless sets which commenced in 1936. Production of electronic consumer goods, including radiograms & television sets, continued at the Homebush factory well into the mid 1970's.

Until about 1960 HMV Australia continued to trade as The Gramophone Company (Incoporated in England).

Below is an excerpt from The Canberra Times, 25/071967:

The origins of EMI (Australia) Limited go back to 1925 - when a small gramophone record factory was built at Erskineville (127 Railway Pde), Sydney. In 1926, a competitive concern (The Columbia Gramphone Company) opened premises at Homebush (Parramatta Rd) and introduced Australia's first recording studio - this was the eventful period of electrical recordings and reproductlon of sound. In 1931, a merger in Britain led to the two Australian firms and another British company operating under one control ( Electrical & Music Industries Ltd – EMI); their combined record plant was set up at Homebush. They began recording of transcriptions for broadcast five years later - in 1936. It was in that year that the first Australian-made radio receivers rolled off their production lines. Rapid progress was made in the post-war years and in 1954, another major step forward was the transfer of EMI's recording section from Homebush to the firm's Sydney headquarters building in Castlereagh Street. The transition provided studios featuring the latest advances in the science of acoustics. From its relatively humble beginning, EMI has grown to a position of great authority in the Australian recording business. This strength is marked by the company's ability to make available to the retail trader, at any one time, more than 4,000 individual recordings. Millions The business is one which involves EMI in processing and releasing millions of recordings annually. They appear under such well-known labels as HMV, Columbia, Decca, Capitol, Parlaphone and Disneyland. Celebrities around the world record everything from grand opera to popular hits. While the manufacture of gramophone records has been a major part of EMI (Australia) Limited's activities, it has developed largely in other fields. These include production of television and radio receivers, car radios, stereograms, magnetic tapes, tape recorders, a wide range of electronic and television studio equipment and household appliances. With this expansion it was necessary to greatly develop the original Homebush site, taking in the most modern features in construction, lighting, sound and dust-proofing. During more than 40 years operation, the work force of EMI (Australia) Limited has risen from less than 100 to its present day strength of nearly 2,000. Besides the number of people directly employed by the company, many thousands more work in the production of its raw materials and retailing its finished products.

His Master's Voice (HMV, H.M.V.), EMI (Australia) Ltd.; Sydney, NSW
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