COURTENAY

'Known For Tone'

The 'Courtenay' brandname was introduced in 1930 and lasted until 1956.

Courtenay was manufactured by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd, they were distributed by Turnbull & Jones Ltd . Currently there are 68 documented models.

The first Courtenay receiver
The first ever Courtenay receiver

Originally 'Courtenay' was simply the name of the first model: a 3-valve receiver built by William Marks at his small radio workshop in Cornhill St in 1930.  This set was sold (and distributed) by Stewart Hardware from their premises in Courtenay Place.  Within a year there were multiple models using the familiar numbered model codes that would remain with the brand until it was retired in 1956.

Courtenay Radio Ltd - company formed in 1933
Formation of Courtenay Radio Ltd
Evening Post, 17 June 1933, Page 16

When Stewart Hardware closed its doors in around 1933 a new company was formed to handle distribution of the Courtenay brand.  Around this time W. Marks Ltd also changed their name to Radio Corporation of New Zealand.

In around 1935 Courtenay was taken over by Turnbull & Jones who would manage it for some 22 years, marketing a huge number of different models in that time.  These models were manufactured by Radio Corp NZ and as such they generally used the same chassis as was used in RCNZ's house brand, Columbus (and for a couple of years between 1933 and 1937 similar or the same as Pacific, CQ, Stella models of any given year).  Typically from 1937 onwards the only differences between brands was the dial and the cabinet.

68 Documented Courtenay Models
IMAGEYEAR VALVESBANDSMODEL CODE
1930 3 + crystal detector Courtenay Junior
1930 Courtenay Senior
1931 6 Courtenay 106_Original 'Super Six'
1931 3 Courtenay model 6
1931 4 Courtenay model 66
1932 5  Broadcast  Courtenay 5A
1932 5  Broadcast  Courtenay 5B
1932 5  Broadcast  Courtenay 5C
1932ish 7  Broadcast  Courtenay 6A
1933 6  Broadcast  Courtenay model 106
1933 7  Broadcast  Courtenay model 140
1933 6  Broadcast  Courtenay 6BS
1934 6  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 108
1934 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 109
1934 5  Broadcast  Courtenay model 205 'Exponat'
1934 7  Dual Wave  Courtenay 7BD
1935 7  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 11 'International'
1935 5  Broadcast  Courtenay model 15
1935 6  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 8
1936 6 + eye  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 18
1936 6  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 21 'Rhapsody'
1936 8  All Wave  Courtenay model 33
1937 5 + eye  Broadcast  Courtenay model 24 'Nocturne'
1937 5 (+ eye on some)  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 25 'Nocturne'
1937 6 + eye  All Wave  Courtenay model 38 'Opera'
1938 5 + eye  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 35
1938 6 + eye  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 36
1938 6 + magic eye  Dual Wave  Courtenay 68V
1938 5 + eye  Broadcast  Courtenay model 84 'Popular'
1938 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 85
1939 5  Broadcast  Courtenay model 151
1939 5 + magic eye  Broadcast  Courtenay model 54
1939 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 60
1939 6 + magic eye  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 64
1939 6 + eye  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 65 'Enfield'
1939 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 95
1940 5  Broadcast  Courtenay model 12 'Tiki'
1940 6 + eye  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 162 'Junior Defiant'
1940ish 6  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 172
1940 6 + magic eye  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 173
1940 5  Broadcast  Courtenay model 22
1940 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay 52S
1940 6  All Wave  Courtenay model 63 'All World'
1940 6 + eye 5 Courtenay model 75 'Super Defiant'
1941 6  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 66
1942 6 + eye 5 Courtenay model 90
1946 5  Broadcast  Courtenay model 17
1946 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 55
1947 6  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 61
1948 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 27 'Grenville'
1948ish 5  Broadcast  Courtenay 301A
1948 6  Broadcast  Courtenay model 32
1948 6  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 70
1949 6  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 166
1949ish Courtenay model 414
1949 5  Broadcast  Courtenay model 5 'Talisman'
1949 5  Broadcast  Courtenay 50S
1950 5  Broadcast  Courtenay model 19 'Ajax'
1950 7 + magic eye 5 Courtenay model 91
1951ish 5  Broadcast  Courtenay 5M 'Talisman'
1952ish 6  Broadcast  Courtenay model 032
1952 5  Broadcast  Courtenay 26N
1952 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay 27M 'Grenville'
1952 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay 27N 'Grenville'
1953 5  Broadcast  Courtenay 26P
1953 5  Broadcast  Courtenay model 45
1953 5  Dual Wave  Courtenay model 46
1954ish 5  Broadcast  Courtenay 5B 'Talisman'