Radio Receiver - The Fisk Radiolette

Production date
1926-1946
Country
Australia
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Description
Radio Receiver - The Fisk Radiolette mantle model with tall stepped black bakelite cabinet containing radio components. The front part of the cabinet has been cut to create a speaker grid over red speaker mesh. Underneath, is a gold coloured square dial in a plastic casing with two black bakelite knobs underneath it. The AWA logo is attached between them on a circular mount.

The radiolette is 240 volt ,A.C. Operated. It has 5 valves (6D6, 6A (good cap disconnected) 7, 6B7S, 80 6F6G). Valve apparently substituted for 42 and valve socket changed. 5Y3G substituted for 80 by means of octal to 4 pin socket converter.
Classification
CH classification AUDIO-VISUAL TECHNOLOGY Audio Appliances radio receiver
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Measurements
L286 x W190 x H286mm
Media/Materials description
Bakelite, Metal, Glass, Textile
Signature/Marks
THE FISK \ RADIOLETTE
AWA
History and use
This mantle-model radiolette of iconic art-deco design was made by Amalgamated Wireless Australasia Limited (AWA) between 1926 - 1946.

AWA was Australia's largest and most prominent manufacturer of radio, telecommunications and audio equipment throughout most of the 20th century, and probably the first users of Bakelite for general manufacturing in Australia.

The Fisk line of radiolettes were named after Australia’s great radio pioneer Sir Ernest Fisk and were built in Australia entirely from Australian parts.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H17519

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