78rpm records produced in New Zealand

Part 2.  Recording Studio Labels

Many large and smaller towns in New Zealand had a local recording studio, where records would be cut either directly, or from a tape master, onto usually on aluminium-cored discs coated with cellulose nitrate lacquer (often known as “acetates”).

All are outside start, 78rpm, aluminium-core unless noted. Dates of use are noted where found.

For completeness, some 45 & 331/3 rpm items are included.

ANDERSEN SOUND SERVICES

Dunedin

12”, 1956

331/3 rpm, 10”

 

331/3 rpm, 12”, 1964

ASTOR

Auckland

Pressed by Astor Recording Studios.

7”, 1945

10”, 1952

10” & 12”

 

Astor Recording &  T.V. Studios

10”

 

Sleeves

BLENHEIM RECORDING STUDIOS

Blenheim

12” 78rpm & 7” 45rpm

Sleeve

7”, 45rpm

BORHAMS RADIO SERVICE

Palmerston North

10”, 1946

10” & 12”, 1946-50

 

Sleeve

12”

H.L. BYRN

Masterton

10”, 1958

CHRISTCHURCH RECORDING STUDIO

Christchurch

12” (Inside Start)

CHRISTCHURCH RECORDINGS

Christchurch

10” & 12”, 1950-51. Note design similarity with Family Recordings, and same phone number.

 

 

Sleeves

 

 

 

COLUMBUS RADIO CENTRE

Wellington

Label of the Recording Corporation of New Zealand

10”, 1949

 

Sleeves

10”

Known in red, brown, green, black & blue.

 

Known in red, brown, green, black & orange.

 

 

12”

Known in blue & black.

 

COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING SERVICE

Wellington

10” & 12”, Inside Start, 1938

 

CONTINENTAL

New Plymouth

12”

JOHN DICKINSON

In 1958, the stationers John Dickinson & Co experimented with pressing advertising tracks into plasticized card, at 45rpm.

A trial example (the finish of the 1958 New Zealand Grand National Steeplechase) is illustrated, along with its envelope.

DIXON’S SOUND SYSTEMS

Hamilton

10”, 1951-1956

 

DOBBS-WIGGINS GOLDBERG (DWG)

Wellington

10”

DOWN’S RADIO SERVICE

Marton

10” & 12”, 1954

 

10”, 1962

Wanganui

10”, 1967

Sleeves

10”

12”

DUNFORD RECORDINGS

Christchurch

12”, no phone number.

10” & 12”, Phone 69-536

10”, Phone 75-817, 1954

Sleeves

12”

 

 

 

ELECTRICAL RECORDING CO

Wellington

10”

FAIRCLOUGH SOUND SYSTEMS

Wanganui

10”

FAMILY RECORDINGS

Christchurch

12”, 1950.  Note design similarity with Christchurch Recordings, and same phone number.

GISBORNE SOUND SYSTEMS

Gisborne

10”, 331/3 rpm, 1966.  Note – “Not Microgroove”.

HI-FI RECORDING CO

Wellington

10”, 1958

Sleeve

HMV

Wellington

10” Commercial Recording, 1960s.

10” Process Recording

Sleeve

The Jungle Book, 1967

J. ILOTT LTD

Wellington

12” Commercial Recording, 1947

12” Radio Advertising

ISLAND BAY

Wellington

Sleeves

10”

12”

Handstamp used on sleeves.

 

 

JOHN FRASER PRODUCTIONS

Timaru

JORDAN’S

Invercargill

12”, 1951-63

‘K’ SOUND SYSTEMS

Wanganui

10”, 1954

12”, 331/3 rpm

Handstamp on plain sleeve.

KELLY RECORDING STUDIOS

Auckland

8” & 12”

Label sticker on plain 12” sleeve

LINTAS

Wellington

Lintas = Lever International Advertising.

331/3 rpm.

 

LOMAS

Dunedin

10”, 1956

10”

MAGNESS RECORDING STUDIOS

Auckland

10”, 45rpm, 1966

MANAWATU SOUND SERVICE

Palmerston North

10”, 331/3 rpm, 1969.

Sleeves

MASCOT RECORDING CO

Auckland

METRONOME

Timaru

12”, 1952

 

10”, 1953-56

 

N.Z. BROADCASTING SERVICE

Wellington

10” & 12”, 1948+

NATIONAL BROADCASTING SERVICE

12”

12”, “Dominion of New Zealand”, 1947

 

NEEDHAM RADIO and STUDIO LTD

Pukekohe

10”, 1951

NELSON SOUND RECORDING SYSTEM

Nelson

6”, 45rpm

NEW ZEALAND BROADCASTING SERVICE

Wellington

NEW ZEALAND RECORDING STUDIOS

Christchurch

12”, 1947

NEW ZEALAND RECORDING & PUBLICITY STUDIOS

Christchurch

10”

OAMARU RECORDING SERVICE (ORS)

Oamaru

10”, 1957

OCTAGON RECORDING STUDIOS

Dunedin

10”, 1952

ORLY PRODUCTIONS LTD

Christchurch

12”, 331/3 rpm

PACIFIC

Dannevirke

12”. Steel core, 1951.

12”, 1951

 

Instructions on sleeve

PLATA

See Nelson Sound Recording System

PRESTO

Generic home-recording disc

8”, recording by Ronald Castle, Wellington, 1947

RADIO SUPPLIES RECORD

New Plymouth

10” & 12”, 1951-62

RECORDING CORPORATION OF NEW ZEALAND

Wellington

10”

RECORDING STUDIOS LTD

Wellington

ROBBINS RECORDINGS

Christchurch

10”

 

10”, 331/3 rpm

Larger label, 1962-69

 

Sleeves

78rpm

 

331/3 rpm

 

12”

ROTORUA RADIOS LTD

Rotorua

10”

SHIPLEY’S RADIO SERVICE

Christchurch

12”, 1956-58

 

THOMAS E. SIMS

Wellington

12”

10”, 331/3 rpm

SKILTONS

Palmerston North

10”

10”, 331/3 rpm, to 1970

 

SONIC RECORDING STUDIOS

Wellington

10”

10”, 331/3 rpm

12”, 331/3 rpm

SOUNDCRAFT STUDIOS

Wellington

10”, 1938

12”, Steel core

STANNAGE RADIO LTD

Auckland

10”

STARADIO

Wellington

10”

  

STEBBING’S SOUND SYSTEM

Auckland

10”, 1949

12”, 1946

10”, 331/3 rpm

STEWART’S RECORDING SERVICES

Timaru

10”

TANZA

Wellington

10”, shellac

10”, vinyl

Decorative obverse of red label

12”

  

IAN L. TAYLOR

Hawera

10”, 1960

TIMARU RECORDING STUDIOS

Timaru

10”

12”, 1952

10”, 331/3 rpm, 1976

Sleeve

12”, on Stewart’s Recording Service

TRUTONE RECORDING STUDIO

New Plymouth

Sleeve

 

ZODIAC

Auckland

10”

Sleeve


Others offering recording services in New Zealand were:
(some are 33
1/3 rpm)
AUCKLAND RECORDING SERVICES
W. BATE (Blenheim)
BEACON RECORDING STUDIOS (Auckland)
B&R RECORDING CO (Auckland)
CHESHIRES (Wellington)
COURIER RECORDING SERVICES (Pal. Nth?)
FIDELITY RECORDING STUDIOS (Christchurch)
HANNAH RECORDING
HARRIS SOUND SYSTEMS (Napier)
KENSINGTON
KIWI DISCS (New Plymouth)
MAYFAIR (Dunedin)
MELLOTONE (i.e. NEWTOWN RECORDING STUDIOS, Wellington)
NAMARA RECORDING STUDIOS (Wellington) 
NEWTOWN RECORDING STUDIOS (Wellington)
JOHN POTTS'
RADIO BROADCASTING CO
REXELS LTD (Pal. Nth)
S.H. SOUND SYSTEMS
SCAMMELL & EGLINGTON
SOUND RECORDINGS LTD
P.R. STEVENS (Gisborne)
TRUE TONE RECORDING SERVICE (Wellington)
TRICITY HOUSE (Christchurch)
WHINCOP'S RADIO SERVICE (Napier)
WILDING RECORDING STUDIOS

Scans of any of the above welcomed.

(Many thanks to Alistair Gilkison for many additions to this list plus Stephen Jones, Andrew Fraser & Andrew Edwards for some new labels to illustrate.)

For references used, refer Australian and New Zealand 78s
Plus Dennis O. Huggard's booklets on Stebbing & Tanza.

 

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