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2003/75/1 Portable television, 17 inch portable black and white, AWA model P4, metal / plastic / electronic components, designed by William F Moody, made by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd (AWA), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1969. Click to enlarge.

Portable black and white television

Designed by Moody, William Frederick

The AWA 17 inch portable black and white television won the 1969 Sebel Design Merit Award. Awards for the recognition of design were introduced in Australia around the late 1950s. One of the effects of this was to encourage local industry to acknowledge Australian designers.

AWA was quick to exploit the Australian television era, which commenced in 1956. AWA had already made a long and distinguished radio product line and actively sought out communications and defence contracts. AWA was only se...

Summary

Object No.

2003/75/1

Object Statement

Portable television, 17 inch portable black and white, AWA model P4, metal / plastic / electronic components, designed by William F Moody, made by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd (AWA), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1969

Physical Description

Portable black & white television receiver in two piece plastic case, with pop-up sound deflector and handle which lie flush with case when not in use. Large thumb wheel channel selector and twin telescopic metal aerials. Colour: Wedgwood blue (pale olive green). At rear there are knobs for vertical, horizontal hold and contrast, along with various sockets. There is a grey plastic-covered power cord connected at the rear.

Marks

On front 'DEEP IMAGE', 'AWA'. On rear 'DANGER/HIGH VOLTAGE DO NOT REMOVE/THIS PROTECTIVE COVER UNLESS/POWER IS SWITCHED OFF AND PLUG/REMOVED FROM POWER POINT/POWER RATING 240/250 VOLTS A.C. 50c/s'. 'MADE IN/AUSTRALIA'.

Dimensions

Height

365 mm

Width

440 mm

Depth

280 mm

Production

Notes

Designed by William Frederick Moody. Winner of the Sebel Design Merit award, 1969.

Manufactured by AWA.

History

Used

Australia, Oceania 1969-1982

Notes

Purchased new by Malcolm Park around 1969, this was the only television set in the Park household for 13 years. It was retained by Malcolm until offered to the museum in 2002

The P4 also comes to the museum with some recollections of its use within an Australian home. This more personal insight into the impact of this particular television in the home includes a humorous anecdote and adds to the television's exhibition potential:

'It was my parents' first TV. They were both architects and probably fancied themselves as a little "groovy", hence my father's insistence that it is an Australian "design classic". One interesting thing was that because the channel control is on the top, and the TV sat on a fairly high cupboard, we (the children) never knew that it could get anything other than ABC, so all we ever watched was the ABC news, and Dad's Army if we were lucky. At school our friends would talk about all these other shows, and we figured they must have had special aerials or something. Then one sweet day, we were climbing on top of the cupboard and we discovered the missing link, the channel changer, and I've been watching Neighbours ever since. It was the only TV we had for about 13 years. We were the second last family at our school to get a colour TV, beaten only by an Indian family that had some kind of political objection to colour TV.' (Sinclair Park, 2002)

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Malcolm Park, 2003

Acquisition Date

30 April 2003

Cite this Object

Harvard

Portable black and white television 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 13 November 2019, <https://ma.as/12177>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/12177 |title=Portable black and white television |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=13 November 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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