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We wish to advise that Perth science-teacher-turned-history-author and founder of the Light and Sound Discovery Centre, Richard Rennie, has produced an exciting new reference to everything old in relation to Western Australia wirelesses and gramophones.



The Encyclopedia of Western Australian Wirelesses and Gramophones
by Richard Rennie.


In the first half of the twentieth century, various companies and individuals manufactured and sold gramophones and wirelesses in Western Australia. Cut off by distance from the rest of Australia, it was necessary for Western Australia to develop its own manufacturing base. Eventually, however, most local companies ceased manufacturing when they found they could not compete with cheaper, mass produced gramophones and wirelesses that came from the eastern states.

Richard Rennie with a WA manufactured Mulgaphone receiver

It appears very few records were kept by these local manufacturers. Few comprehensive catalogues of their products exist. The catalogues in this book were largely produced by documenting those Western Australian wirelesses and gramophones that exist in local museums and private collections, and by interviewing, over the past 20 years, many of the people who actually built and/or sold them.


207 pages
400 illustrations, most in colour.

Available from

  • Perth Museum Bookshop
  • State Library Bookshop
  • Royal WA Historical Society

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