Australia in the 1920s


On 13 November 1923, radio station 2SB Sydney pioneered the first sealed-set radio broadcasting system when it transmitted a concert from the studios of Sydney Broadcasters Ltd. Under the 'sealed-set system', radio receivers were set to one wavelength and one radio station only. The owner of the radio set would buy a licence from the station, and would then receive direct broadcasts.

In January 1924, the radio station 2FC began operation, broadcasting news, music and race results from a studio on the roof of a department store in Sydney. Later in the same month, 3AR became the first Melbourne radio station. By 1929, about 300,000 listeners had radio licences.

The former 2CH radio station in Ermington, New South Wales

A snapshot of 1928

  • February
    • Bert Hinkler landed in Darwin after taking about 15 days for the first solo flight from Britain to Australia.

  • May
    • Charles Kingsford Smith flew across the Pacific Ocean from Oakland, California to Brisbane in 10 days.
    • Reverend John Flynn started flying doctors and nurses to the outback as a precursor to the first Royal Flying Doctor Service, which would be established in 1942.

  • June
    • The Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia was established as a separate entity.

  • August
    • Australian Iron and Steel began production with a blast furnace in Port Kembla.

  • December
    • Speedo produced its first swimsuit and Aeroplane Jelly was launched.


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