The factory and offices of Radio
Corporation of New Zealand Ltd, were spread across a number of mainly
small buildings built on six different adjacent property lots running
between Courtenay Place and Wakefield Street. The street address
was given as 80 Courtenay Place but most of the maze of factory
buildings were accessed by a private lane, called "Courageous lane",
which opened onto Wakefield St.
Before the war, Radio Corporation
built domestic radios and a wide range of electrical goods. During
the war the factory was given orders for the manufacture of the ZC1
military radio. The factory, equipped with heavy presses and other
metal working machinery, produced a range of military equipment
for the war effort from Steel Helmets to Sten Guns.
Some years after the war the Radio Corporation was
sold to the English radio company PYE, which in turn was taken over a
number of years later by Phillips Industries. The six properties making up the factory site were sold in 1960.