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B1124 Television demonstration unit, 250 line, complete with camera, made in Sydney, displayed at Technological Museum, Harris Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,  from April 1950. Click to enlarge.

Television demonstration unit, 250 line, complete with camera, made in Sydney, displayed at Technological Museum, Harris Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, from April 1950

By 1950 the Museum was anxious to demonstrate a working television, however it lacked the funds to purchase a commercial system. The solution was to build your own. With no local television industry this 250-line system was designed and built in Sydney by a wireless company. It went on working display in April 1950 and was a big hit. It was withdrawn from display after the government’s decision to adopt the 625-line system, ‘as it would give the public an erroneous impression of what television ...

Summary

Object No.

B1124

Object Statement

Television demonstration unit, 250 line, complete with camera, made in Sydney, displayed at Technological Museum, Harris Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, from April 1950

Physical Description

Unit on an upright swivel panel, camera on a tri-wheeled stand.

Production

Notes

Manufactured by Colville Wireless Equipment Co. Pty. Ltd., Sydney

History

Notes

From the 1949 Museum annual report "Gifts were sought for specific purposes and the Trustees acknlwoledge with grateful thanks gifts from the following:-
Mr. E. J. Hallstrom, Sydney, 650 pounds (television).
from the 1950 Museum annual report "Television.-The 250 lines demonstration unit presented by Mr. E.J. Hallstrom of Sydney, was officially opened by the Minister for Education, Mr. R.J. Heffron, MLA., on3rd April 1950. The daily demonstrations have proved to be immensely popular with visitors."

Source

Credit Line

Gift of E J Hallstrom, 1950

Acquisition Date

16 May 1950

Cite this Object

Harvard

Television demonstration unit, 250 line, complete with camera, made in Sydney, displayed at Technological Museum, Harris Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, from April 1950 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 June 2019, <https://ma.as/206914>

Wikipedia

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