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 AWA chassis 'British Made' on a C87
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:36:02 AM on 25 September 2017.
Garyoz's avatar
 Location: Perth, WA
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On the Radio Museum we have this chassis on the AWA C87 which states it is "British Made". I think this was an AWA export model.


The chassis would possibly fit the C87 but it has the return on the rear which is different to all other C87's I have seen.
The chassis has C92 stamped on it.

Can anyone shed any light on this?


AWA Radiolette C87
AWA Radiolette C87
AWA Radiolette C87

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 1:23:38 PM on 25 September 2017.
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 Location: Belrose, NSW
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I had a battery fret-and-foot AWA that had "British Made" on it. When looking at the caps etc. it was obviously Australian. A part of the "British Empire" we were!

Not sure, but I suspect it was for export to NZ.

There were all sorts of tariff walls used by most countries during the 30s. Britain and Empire countries were given generous trade treatment by other Empire countries.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:57:02 PM on 25 September 2017.
Brad's avatar
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AWA did put "British Made" on export models. I brought a huge Radiola with the same label on it back from New Zealand via an Ebay sale several years ago and was mystified by the label, wondering why the Poms would be making Australian radios until I remembered something that I learned in history at school - we were once all considered either British or foreign, rather than going by our exact nationalities, so Ian's comment is right.

AWA also exported to part of South East Asia and I dare say the Pacific Islands as well. The same label would most likely be found on radios to those locations.

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