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2005/54/1 Television receiver, AWA Radiola Deep Image Model 209C, timber / metal / glass / electronic components, used by Kevin and Lorna Golsby, made by AWA, Australia, 1958. Click to enlarge.

AWA Radiola Deep Image Television receiver

Made
This is an example of a 1958 AWA Radiola Deep Image television receiver in very good condition, with excellent provenance. AWA were among the leading manufacturers of television receivers in the 1950s, along with Philips, Pye, Astor and Admiral.

'Working under licence with the R.C.A. of U.S.A. and Marconi of England, the Radiola series is one of the most wanted sets. It is made at Ashfield. It has 200W power consumption, twin matched speakers, 24 valves, and built-in rotatable aerial.' …

Summary

Object No.

2005/54/1

Object Statement

Television receiver, AWA Radiola Deep Image Model 209C, timber / metal / glass / electronic components, used by Kevin and Lorna Golsby, made by AWA, Australia, 1958

Physical Description

1958 black and white television receiver. Light brown timber cabinet with glass enclosed 17 inch screen, control knobs below screen and speaker housed beneath. Stands on four short legs. The back of the receiver is covered by a masonite board that is printed with information including a plaque with the wholesaler's name 'Strong Products Pty Ltd, cnr Railway Parade and Clara St Erskineville, 15 May 1958'. Also on back is model number 'Receiver Model 209C'. No antenna. Serial No.P20139. The set has 200W power consumption, twin matched speakers, 24 valves, and built-in rotatable aerial. Cathode ray tube type 17AVP4A, 90 degrees.

Dimensions

Height

910 mm

Width

570 mm

Depth

480 mm

Production

Notes

Manufactured in 1958 by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd at Parramatta Road, Ashfield, NSW. AWA had been involved with television well before the introduction of official transmission in Australia, with AWA engineers engaging in initial studies in the UK from around 1948. Production of different models of increasing screen-size followed from late 1956. AWA introduced a 25 inch set in 1965, which it claimed was the first of that size marketed in Australia. AWA also claimed to have produced the first 19 inch screen-sized set made in Australia.

History

Used

  • 1958-1975

Notes

In 1958 Kevin Golsby was a young actor who aspired to further his career into television. His deep speaking voice had already brought him a successful career in radio, but he hoped to move into the new medium of television. Still living with his mother Lorna, he decided in 1958 to buy a television set for their home in Neutral Bay. Kevin cannot remember where he purchased the receiver, but he remembers why. 'I could have purchased it at Small's Radio at Neutral Bay, which still exists, or it might have been Grace Brothers. I bought this television set for my mother as a gift, on the premise that I would perhaps one day appear as an actor on television. My prediction came true during the early black and white days of 'Whiplash', 'Homicide', 'Division Four', 'Hunter and 'Spyforce'. (Kevin Golsby to Peter Cox, December 2004). When colour television officially commenced in 1975, Mrs Golsby (now deceased) obtained a new colour television set. However the AWA Radiola remained with the family until 2004.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Kevin Golsby in memory of his mother Lorna, 2004

Acquisition Date

8 February 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

AWA Radiola Deep Image Television receiver 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2021, <https://ma.as/349166>

Wikipedia

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