At the outbreak of World War 2, Collier and Beale was
one of New Zealand's leading radio design and manufacturing companies.
Established in 1926, by radio engineer Percy Collier and his partner
Gordon Beale who was the company's administrator/accountant. The company
made everything from domestic broadcast receivers to high power
Located in Ghuznee St., the factory was located where
Glover Park now is, while the administration offices were located on the
opposite side of the road. At the time of writing this building
During the war the company also occupied a number of
adjacent buildings including number 68 which was used for special
projects. This building, under 24 hour military armed guard, was
where development work on RADAR sets and other top secret projects was
undertaken. A special permit was required for admission, most
Collier and Beale workers had little or no knowledge of the work
The iconic ZC1 radio was developed during 1942 by
Collier and Beale.