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.
The stories and 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.