Kit radio ‘White Little General’

Made in Australia, Oceania, c.1938.

This radio was possibly assembled by the donor from a ‘kitset’. Kit sets sold by mail order through radio and hobby publications and were usually supplied with all parts and a case for assembly by the purchaser. This one is referred to as the ‘White Little General’ in circuit diagrams made by the donor in the mid 1980s when adjustments were made to repair and improve its operation. The maintenance of the radio over almost half a century is testament to the donor’s affection for it.


Radio receiver, 'White Little General' kit set mantle radio, and document, wood / glass / electronic components, designer and maker unknown, Sydney, New South Wales. Australia, c. 1938

Wooden radio with marbled tan coloured vinyl covering. Speaker on left has irregular shaped grille. Square frequency dial on right side has green face and white needle and brown plastic moulding surround. Two control knobs below dial. Open back. No marks.

One circuit diagram titled 'White Little General' as at 29-8-85.


The designer and maker of the radio is unknown.


This radio was collected between 1940 and the late 1960s when the donor was an active radio electronic engineer operating a business from home building and repairing radios. The donor accumulated a collection of radios, valves, radio journals and assorted electrical engineering material over a lifetime.
1940 - 1969


Gift of David W Hain, 2007
15 February, 2007

Cite this Object

Kit radio 'White Little General' 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 November 2017, <>
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