Traeger Pedal generator used by the Flying Doctor Service

Made c 1930-1940

The Traeger pedal generator is part of the Powerhouse Museum’s Communications Collection and is an important Australian innovation. Alfred Traeger, a South Australian electrical engineer, developed this power-generation system for two-way wireless radios in the 1930s.

Pedal-powered radios brought a significant change to life in remote areas by providing help in emergency medical situations and diminishing the loneliness of the inland world. They were integral to the development and success of ...

Summary

Object No.

B2125

Physical Description

Pedal Generator set designed to run the pedal wireless as used by the Flying Doctor Service. Made in Australia, c 1930-1940. The object consists of a coil generator, the rotor of which is turned by pedals on a horizontal shaft through a gearbox.

Marks

Stamped into top plate "198" / - + [negative & positive]

Production

Notes

This generator was designed by Alfred Traeger and made in Australia by an unknown maker.

Made

c 1930-1940

History

Notes

This pedal generator was used in the Cloncurry area of Queensland

Used

Royal Flying Doctor Service c 1930 - 1940

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr H D MacAndrew, 1974

Acquisition Date

20 February 1974

Cite this Object

Harvard

Traeger Pedal generator used by the Flying Doctor Service 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 August 2018, <https://ma.as/210776>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/210776 |title=Traeger Pedal generator used by the Flying Doctor Service |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=19 August 2018 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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