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Australian General Electric (GE Company Australia Ltd., Associated, AGE, Bandmaster, Hotpoint), Sydney

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Name: Australian General Electric (GE Company Australia Ltd., Associated, AGE, Bandmaster, Hotpoint), Sydney    (AUS)  
alternative name:
General Electric Australia || General Electric Company of Australia Ltd.
Brand: AGE, Sydney || Bandmaster || Hotpoint
Abbreviation: austral-ge
Products: Model types
Summary:

Australian General Electric, or General Electric Company of Australia Ltd.

93 - 95 Clarence Street Sydney, with officers in all states.

BRAND: GE - 1931 to 1934

BRAND: Bandmaster -  1937 on

BRAND: Bandmaster Hotpoint - 1937 on

All radio models between 1931 and the late 1950's were either rebadged or based on AWA models. While the receivers had an AWA chassis the cabinet styling was different to the AWA models. 

Founded: 1920
History:

Australian General Electric Ltd. was owned jointly by General Electric (USA) and Associated Electrical Industries (UK). In the early years, radio sets sold by Australian General Electric (AGE) were made by AWA and carried the label "Bandmaster", later sets from Australian General Electric were sold as "Hotpoint".
Later the company was known as Australian Electrical Industries.

Later because of US anti-trust legislation, GE (USA) had to withdraw from Australia. AGE was then fully owned by Associated Electric Industries (AEI) UK. Another branch of AEI, the UK-based Ediswan-EKCO erected a production plant for radios and TV at Villawood, Sydney, but Ediswan-EKCO (aust) Pty Ltd. closed down in the years following introduction of television in Australia.

This manufacturer was suggested by Martin Bösch.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  37 Bandmaster 657ME 6D6   5 valve, reflexed superhet with an IF of 175 kHz. The chassis was also used in th... 
AUS  47 Hotpoint H55DE 6J8G  See also AWA Radiola 510-M. 
AUS  49 Hotpoint J64ME 6A8G  This model was available in three versions. Version one was with the cabinet laying on its... 
AUS  34 G.E. Talisman 464E 6D6  This set uses the same chassis as the AWA Radiola model 142. 
AUS  50/51 Hotpoint L6 L64ME 6BE6  Three cabinet colours were available: Walnut, Ivory and Burgundy.  
AUS  39 Hotpoint-Bandmaster 139DE 6U7G  This model has motorised automatic tuning with A.F.C. and 10 push buttons as well as two "... 
AUS  39 Hotpoint-Bandmaster 559DE [wooden case.] 6A8G  The 6G8G is reflexed as the 2nd I.F. amplifier and the 1st A.F. amplifier. 
AUS  39 Hotpoint-Bandmaster 559DE [Moulded cabinet] 6A8G  The 6G8G is reflexed as the 2nd I.F. amplifier and the 1st A.F. amplifier. 
AUS  39 Hotpoint-Bandmaster 559ME [Moulded cabinet] 6A8G  The 6G8G is reflexed as the 2nd I.F. amplifier and the 1st A.F. amplifier. 
AUS  39 Hotpoint-Bandmaster 559ME [wooden case.] 6A8G  The 6G8G is reflexed as the 2nd I.F. amplifier and the 1st A.F. amplifier. 
AUS  39 Hotpoint-Bandmaster 759DE 6K8G  This radio uses the same chassis as the AWA Radiola model 182. 
AUS  39 Hotpoint-Bandmaster 759ME 6K8G  This radio uses the same chassis as the AWA Radiola model 180. 

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

List of products and agents, 1930. From “The Story of a great Australian Industry” A.G.E, 1930.tbn_aus_age_list_of_products_1930.jpg
From “The Australian Women’s Weekly”, August 9, 1941.tbn_aus_age_ad_1941.jpg
From “The Australian Women’s Weekly”, October 23, 1948.tbn_aus_age_ad_1948.jpg
Advertisement for 1933 GE radios. From the Daily News (WA) 3 April 1933, page 11.tbn_aus_ge_advert_dn_3_4_33_p11.jpg
Advert from the Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) 18 April 1935 page 5.tbn_aus_age_ad_bandmaster_smh_18_4_35_p5.jpg
Advertisement from The Sun ( NSW) 8 May 1934, Page 14 announcing the 1934 range of radios with the new Aeroplane-type Dial.tbn_aus_age_ad_sun_8_may_1934_page_14.jpg
July 1925 advert listing branch offices. From Wireless Weekly July 3, 1925, page 43.tbn_aus_age_ad_ww_jul_3_1925_p43.jpg
Wireless Weekly 2nd September 1927tbn_australian_general_electric_co_ww2927.png

  
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