The roots of the company were founded in 1925, The Gramophone Co. Ltd., England established a record factory in the Sydney suberb of Erskinville in New South Wales, shortly after another UK based company Columbia Graphophone Company Ltd. began operations in another Sydney suberb, Homebush. The following year in 1926 saw the establishment of the first recording studios in Australia at the Homebush factory.
In 1931 Columbia Graphophone Company Ltd. and The Gramophone Company Ltd. are merged to form Electric & Musical Industries Ltd. (EMI) and the 2 Australian companies are brought together under one administrative control with the record production plant being centralised at Homebush.
In 1936 the first Australian made "His Masters Voice" radio recievers were manufactured at Homebush, and the recording of radio transcriptions for broadcasting commenced.
During the war years the Homebush factory undertook extensive work on electronic devices for the Australian services and the output of the factory provided an important contribution to the Australian defence effort.
EMI (Australia) Limited was formed as a proprietary company E.M.I. (Australia) Pty. Limited in 1948 to takeover the activities formerly carried out by the branches of Electric & Musical Industries Ltd. British companies. In May, 1957 the proprietary company was converted to a public company and official known as E.M.I. (Australia) Limited
As of 1963 E.M.I. (Australia) Limited was operating branches in the majority of Australian states and 3 wholly owned subsidiaries including its publishing arm Castle Music Pty. Ltd.
Product portfolio of the company and its subsidiaries / jointly formed companies as of 1962 -
- Television receivers.
- Domestic radio receivers.
- Record Players.
- Domestic electrical appliances.
- Records, Publishing
- Industrial & commercial electronic equipment.
In 1971 Electric & Musical Industries Ltd. board decided to remove the periods between company names to reflect how the brand was globally seen, E.M.I. (Australia) Limited officially became referred to as EMI (Australia) Limited. from 1971/72
Company timeline - Not to be confused with the other Australia EMI companies:
E.M.I. (Australia) Pty. Limited (1948 to early 1957)
E.M.I. (Australia) Limited (EMI (Australia) Limited) (1957 to late 1980s)
EMI Music Group Australasia (late 1980s to mid 2000s)
EMI Music Australia Pty. Limited (mid 2000s to present)
Please note: This is not a label but a company. It is recommended to also transcribe its role as written on the release to the release notes.