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Lekmek Radio Laboratories; Sydney

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Name: Lekmek Radio Laboratories; Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: lekmek
Products: Model types Others

Lekmek Radio Laboratories (1931), Lekmek (Australasia) Ltd.(1938)

1931- 1940:  Berk House, 75 William Street, Sydney

Lekmek commenced in 1931 making kit sets for home construction and started making complete radios in 1932. Studio equipment was produced in 1937. Production had ceased by 1940.

Founded: 1931
Closed: 1940
Production: 1931 - 1939

Norman S Gilmore worked with Leslie Bean to set up Stromberg-Carlson (Australasia) in 1927.  Both gentlemen were Electrical Engineers who left the Post Master Generals Department earlier.

Gilmore left Stromberg-Carlson in 1931 to found Lekmek Radio Laboratories

Initially the company concentrated on kit sets and later complete receivers. They also manufactured studio equipment from 1937 for rural broadcast stations.

Lekmek (Australasia) Ltd. was registered in January 1938.

The factory was badly damaged by fire in March 1938, however the company seemed to recover from this.

It is unknown as to why they ceased manufacturing in 1940 as other manufactures switched to construction for the war effort.

The company was liquidated on the 31 December 1940

This manufacturer was suggested by Wolfgang Scheida.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  36/37 Treasure Box 406 6A7  "Leatherette" covered wooden cabinet available in three different colours. 
AUS  37 402 1C6  Price includes batteries. 
AUS  34 701 57  Has three short wave bands; 10-25, 20-45, 45-100 metres. 56 oscillator only works on the ... 
AUS  34 504M Ch= 504 6A7   
AUS  34 504C Ch= 504 6A7   
AUS  34 505 1C6   
AUS  33/34 58EM Ch= 58E 57  58E chassis used in the console model 58EC and mantle model 58EM.  
AUS  35 509 6A7   
AUS  34 606 CF2   
AUS  37 530M Ch= 530 6A7   
AUS  37 530C Ch= 530 6A7   
AUS  37 529 6A7   


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

Company advertisment, circa 1940.tbn_aus_lekmek_ad.jpg
Electrical & Radio Exhibition Program 1934 Feb 1934, page 6.tbn_aus_lekmek_ad_feb_1934.jpg
Advert for 1938 models. Radio Trade Annual 1938, Page 177.tbn_aus_lekmek_ad_rta38_p177.jpg