Opening of the Columbia Graphophone Company by Admiral Sir Dudley De Chair KCB MVO
The opening of the Columbia Graphophone Company record factory in Homebush, Sydney on 14 October 1926 marks the beginning of the record industry in Australia. The first recording plant in Australasia, it enabled the mass production of shellac 78rpm discs of both imported masters and local recordings by Australian performers. The speech by the Governor of NSW, Sir Dudley de Chair (1864-1958), highlights the significance of the occasion for developing Australian industries. His speech takes place during an official luncheon and the sound of cutlery and other background noise is clearly audible throughout the recording.