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William Frederic Bardin's Time Line in FamilySearch Family Tree

  • William Frederic Bardin: 2 February 1899 – 8 January 1976; Reference Number: GSS9-TG4​​
  • 1899: Age 0; Birth 2 February 1899, Shoreditch, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • 1901: Age 2; Residence 31 Mar 1901, Shoreditch, London, England, United Kingdom
  • 1923: Age 23; Marriage 1 January 1923, Queensland, Australia; Spouse: Miriam Esther Piegrome 1901–1968 - GSS9-LB5​​
  • 1946: Age 47; Death of Father: 31 August 1946, Queensland, Australia, William Richard Bardin 1871–1946 - KL5G-29Y​​
  • 1953: Age 54; Death of Mother: 3 October 1953, Queensland, Australia, Esther Keziah East 1873–1953 - KL5G-292​​
  • 1968: Age 69; Death of Spouse: 1968, New South Wales, Australia, Miriam Esther Piegrome 1901–1968 - GSS9-LB5​​
  • 1976: Age 76; Death: 8 January 1976, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1976: Age 77; Burial: 1976, North Ryde, , New South Wales, Australia[1]

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Obituary for 4AB in the OTVA Newsletter

W. F. (Bill) Bardin Bill Bardin was born in England and came to Australia with his parents early this century, while still a child. The Bardin family settled in Townsville, Queensland and it was there that Bill first became interested in the new-fangled thing called wireless. His parents thought it was no sort of a career and persuaded him to enter a solicitor's office, but the urge of radio was too great: Bill took a correspondence course with the Marconi School of Wireless, graduating in 1919. To gain experience, he then joined a Melbourne radio firm and in 1923 opened his own radio and electrical business in Townsville. Two years later he joined the engineering staff of 4QG, preparing the station for its official opening in April, 1926. He remained at 4QG during its pioneering years until the P.M.G.'s Department assumed control of the station following nationalisation of the original "A" Class broadcasting stations. In 1931, when Station 4BH, Brisbane was being organised, Bill joined the original engineering staff of that station. 4BH eventually commenced service on 2nd January, 1932. He remained with the station during its first year of operation and then took up radio servicing. In 1933 he joined A.W.A. as an operator in the Coastal Radio Service at VIT, Townsville Radio, and a year later was transferred to the A.W.A. Radio Centre at Pennant Hills. During the war he did two tours of duty in Rabaul. On the closing of Pennant Hills, Bill transferred to Doonside. Unfortunately at Doonside he suffered a nervous breakdown and O.T.C. transferred him to Head Office as a Technical Officer where he was employed in compiling and updating ionospheric prediction information. Bill was always a charming gentleman with a ready smile and will always be remembered for the way he pampered and looked after Frank Marsden when Frank was so crippled with arthritis. During his life and particularly since his retirement in 1964, Bill was a very active "ham", call signs being 4AB and 2ABZ. Many amateurs and members of the Wireless Institute were in attendance at his funeral.[2]

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4AB's date of birth of 2 Feb 1899 identified in his WW2 service record

National Archives of Australia

  • Title: BARDIN WILLIAM FREDRICK : Service Number - 300061 : Date of birth - 02 Feb 1899 : Place of birth - LONDON ENGLAND : Place of enlistment - TOWNSVILLE : Next of Kin - BARDIN MIRIAM
  • Contents date range: 1939 - 1948
  • Series number: A9301
  • Control symbol: 300061
  • Citation: NAA: A9301, 300061
  • Item barcode: 5548700
  • Location: Canberra
  • Access status: Not yet examined
  • Date of decision: 01 Jan 1970
  • Physical format: PAPER FILES AND DOCUMENTS (allocated at series level)
  • Records authority class number: 1010873
  • Date registered: 20 May 2002[3]
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William Bardin identified with his parents at Shoreditch in 1901 Census of England and Wales

  • Name: William Bardin
  • Event Type: Census
  • Event Date: 31 Mar 1901
  • Event Place: Shoreditch, London, England, United Kingdom
  • County: London, Middlesex
  • Civil Parish: Shoreditch
  • Ecclesiastical Parish: St Paul Haggerston
  • Sub-District: Haggerston
  • Registration District: Shoreditch
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 2
  • Relationship to Head of Household: Son
  • Birth Year (Estimated): 1899
  • Birthplace: Shoreditch, London
  • Schedule Type: 520
  • Page Number: 64
  • Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
  • William Bardin Head Male 29 Stepney, London
  • Esther Bardin Wife Female 28 Shoreditch, London
  • William Bardin Son Male 2 Shoreditch, London
  • William Hunt Boarder Male 21 Shoreditch, London
  • Ellen East Sister Female 21 Shoreditch, London[4]
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THANKS, BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS, AND IN MEMORIAMS. ASBURY.—In sad but loving memory of my dear sister, Ellen Mary, who departed this life on 30th October, 1918. Our home was bright and happy once When we were all together, But oh how changed it all is now, Since you have gone forever. (Inserted by her loving sister, brother-in-law and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Bardin and son.) [5]

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Registration of 4AB's marriage to Miriam Esther Piegrome

  • Qld BDM
  • Marriage registration: William Frederic Bardin
  • Marriage date: 01/01/1923
  • Spouse's name: Miriam Esther Piegrome
  • Registration details: 1923/C/817 [6]

THANKS, BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS, AND IN MEMORIAMS. . . . MARRIAGE. BARDIN — PIEGROME.— On the 1st January, 1923, at St. James Cathedral, William Frederic, only son of Mr and Mrs W. R. Bardin, Townsville, to Miriam Esther, youngest daugh-ter of the late A. M. Piegrome. Rev. Canon Robin officiated.[7]

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FOR SALE. . . . WIRELESS: Lowest Prices. Complete Sets and all parts necessary for the Radio Experimenter, obtainable from W. F. BARDIN, McIlwraith-street, South Townsville.[8]

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CLOTHING, HOUSE FURNISHING, ETC. . . . LOWEST Prices.— Complete Sets and all parts necessary for the Radio Experimenter. W. F. Bardin, Radio Engineer and Supplier, McIlwraith-street, South Townsville.[9]

THANKS, BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS, AND IN MEMORIAMS. . . . IN MEMORIAM. ASBURY.— In loving memory of our dear sister and aunt, Ellen Mary, who departed this life, 30th October 1918. Too dearly loved to be forgotten For true love never dies. (Inserted by her loving sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and niece, Mr and Mrs W. R. and W. F. Bardin.) [10]

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Advertised Events. . . . Mr. W. F. Bardin, Radio Engineer, Townsville, has wireless listening-in sets ready for installation.[11]

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SHOW NOTES. Mr. F. Bardin has an attractive display of radio material at the show in a corner of the Strand Motor stand.[12]

4AB included in list of amateur transmitting licences WW 31 July 1925

Wireless Transmitting Licenses . . . Queensland and New Guinea. . . . 4AB - Bardin W. F., McIllwraith St., South Townsville[13]

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QUEENSLAND AND NEW GUINEA TRANSMITTING LICENSES. 4AB Bardin, W. F., McIllwraith-st., South Townsville.[14]

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STATE RADIO APPOINTMENTS. The Executive Council yesterday approved of the appointment of Mr. Harold Scott MacCallum as the musical director, of the Queensland Radio Service. Mr. W. F. Bardin, of Townsville, has been appointed assistant engineer of the radio service.[15]

PERSONAL. . . . Mr. W. F. Bardin, of Townsville has been appointed assistant engineer of the radio service.[16]

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A broadcaster in Dunedin, NZ was also allocated the callsign 4AB

New Zealand Broadcasts. SOME quite good broadcasting may be had from New Zealand stations by those possessing three or four valve receivers. The stations all operate on a wave band between 200 and 400 metres, and are located in the following places:— 1YC, Whangarei; 1YA and 1YB, Auckland; 2YM, Gisborne; 2YL, Napier; 2GI, Palmerston North; 2AQ, Taihape; 3AC, Christchurch; — VLDN and 4AB, Dunedin. An approximate schedule of transmissions is helpful. The regular transmissions are:— Monday: 1YA, 8 to 10.15 p.m.; 1YC, 7.30 to 9.30; 2GI, from 7 p.m.; VLDN, 8 to 10. Tuesday: 1YA, 8 to 10.15 ; 2YM, 3AC, 6.45 to 7.15 and 8 to 10; VLDN, 8 to 10. Wednesday: 3AC, 8 to 10 p.m.; VLDN, 8 to 10. Thursday: 1YC, 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.; 1YA, 8 to 10.15; 2YL, from 7.15 p.m.; 2YM, VLDN, 8 to 10. Friday: 1YC, 7.30 to 9.30; 1YA, 8 to 10.15; 2GI, from 7 p.m.; 3AC, 6.45 to 7.15 and 8 to 10; VLDN, 8 to 10; 4AB. Saturday: 3AC, 8 to 10 p.m.; VLDN, 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday: 1YB, 7 to 10 p.m.; 2YM, 2YL, from 7.15 p.m.; 3AC, 8 to 10 p.m.[17]

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Radio Jottings. . . By "LISTENER" . . . TRANSMITTERS' LEAGUE. "The Queensland Radio Transmitters' League is making excellent progress. Its membership is steadily increasing," said Mr. Leo J. Feenaghty (secretary), who was interviewed by "Listener" yesterday. Mr. Feenaghty said that the official magazine of the league, "QTC," was enjoying a good circulation which extended to India, China, Japan, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and England. Only that day he received a two dollars bill as a subscription from an American amateur transmitter. Most of Queensland's amateur transmitters have now joined the league, among the most recent of the new members being Mr. F. W. Stevens (chief engineer of 4QG, and owner-operator of experimental station 4SP (Wilston); Mr. W. F. Bardin (of 4QG), owner-operator of 4AB; Rev. R. J. R. Delbridge, Childers, owner-operator of 4RJ; and Mr. E. E. Gold, Toowoomba, owner-operator of experimental station 4EG and owner of B class broadcasting station 4GR. Mr. Feenaghty states that early next month the league will begin a series of classes in Morse code instruction, transmitting from its Wooloowin station on 35 metres. The classes will be conducted each night except Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday afternoons. General league news will also be broadcast at these sessions.[18]

PERSONAL. On Tuesday evening a very happy little function was held in honour of Mr. C. V. Woodland, who recently resigned from his position as official announcer of Station 4QG, Brisbane. In the absence of the director (Mr. J. W. Robinson), who was away on leave, Mr. Stevens presided. During the evening the sentiments expressed by those present indicated the high esteem in which Mr. Woodland was held, and that he would be missed not only by the staff of 4QG, or listeners in Queensland generally, but by listeners throughout the whole of Australasia. As a token of their good wishes, Mr. McIntosh, on behalf of the staff of 4QG, presented to Mr. Woodland a solid leather attache case and a fountain pen, suitably inscribed. Mr. Woodland was also asked to accept for Mrs. Woodland a xylonite hand mirror and powder bowl to match. Mr. Woodland thanked the company for their good wishes, and for the last time repeated the call sign: "Station 4QG, Brisbane, the Queensland Radio Service, now closing down, goodnight everybody, goodnight!" Those present included Misses M. E. M'Farlane and C. Archdall, Mrs. H. Woolmer, Misses E. M'Lennan, P. M'Farlane and R. M'Auliffe, Messrs. W. F. Bardin, R. Wight, L. Sheil, H. Scott MacCallum, A. T. Bauer, C. D. Moran, J. Tyson, L. Read, R. Gibbs, H. Humphreys, and R. Wishart.[19]

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LARGE ATTENDANCES AT SATURDAYS SESSIONS. PART OF NIGHT'S PROGRAMME BROADCAST BY 4QG. . . . The Fifth Eisteddfod, under the auspices of the Rockhampton Eisteddfod Association, was continued on Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening. The attendances were very stisfactory, more especially at the evening session, when the hall of the School of Arts was packed. All the sessions were very enjoyable. As only one choir—the Rockhampton Musical Union Choir—competed for the chief choral contest, the new Paling Cup for the choir and medal for the conductor were not at stake. The Musical Union was, of course, awarded the first cash prize of £40. The children's choral contest was won by the Girls' Grammar School Choir, who thus become sole owners of the "Bulletin" Cup, having won the contest twice in succession. The piano champion solo was won by Miss Enith Clarke, of Brisbane, formerly of Rockhampton, who thus won the Beale Cup. The female chorus was won by the Rockhampton Musical Union, the female sacred solo by Miss Elsa Masters, the violin champion solo by Miss Nellie Hall (Bundaberg), the only competitor, and the champion recitation by Miss Estelle Carew. For the first time in the history of Rockhampton, part of the musical programme was broadcast. By arrangement with the Eisteddfod Association. Mr. W. F. Bardin, engineer of 4QG, Brisbane, relayed the Eisteddfod performance from 9 o'clock on Saturday night, the amplifier and microphone being in suitable positions. The programme was conveyed over the land line to 4QG. and then broadcast. 4QG made itself responsible for the entire arrangements and the broadcast from Brisbane was excellent.[20]

SATURDAY'S SESSIONS. Rockhampton, May 7, 1928. The Fifth Eisteddfod, under the auspices of the Rockhampton Eisteddfod Association, was continued on Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening. The attendances were very satisfactory, more especially at the evening session, when the hall of the School of Arts was packed. All the sessions were very enjoyable. For the first time in the history of Rockhampton, part of the musical programme was broadcast. By arrangement with the Eisteddfod Association, Mr. W. F. Bardin, engineer of 4QG, Brisbane, relayed the Eisteddfod performance from 9 o'clock on Saturday night, the amplifier and microphone being in suitable positions. The programme was conveyed over the landline to 4QG, and then broadcast. 4QG made itself responsible for the entire arrangements and the broadcast from Brisbane was excellent.[21]

EISTEDDFOD BROADCAST. The relay of items, rendered at the Rockhampton Eisteddfod last Saturday night, per medium of 4QG, was heard throughout Queensland and other States and was rather an important event as regards a long distance relay. The distance was 424 miles over land line to Brisbane. The items as picked up by the microphone in the Rockhampton School of Arts, were amplified and then passed over the line to other amplifiers in Brisbane before eventually being broadcasted by 4QG, Brisbane. Although transmission was not quite as loud as items played at the studio in Brisbane, it was a worthwhile venture, and reflects credit on the Eisteddfod Committee, and the Queensland Radio Service. Mr. Bardin, well known as 4AB, was in charge of the equipment at the School of Arts, and during his stay in the city called upon several local amateurs.[22]

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PACIFIC FLIGHT. The Story by Radio. LISTENERS to 4QG were not slow to appreciate the efforts of the station to keep the world posted with news of the Southern Cross, and many complimentary letters have been received at the station. The station was operated until almost midnight on the Monday night, and gave the latest messages from the 'plane until that time. Again on the Tuesday morning, at the commencement of the morning session at half-past ten, the latest messages from the 'plane were again given to the public. Reception direct from the Southern Cross in Brisbane was effected by Mr. F. W. Stevens, assistant director of 4QG at his experimental station at Wilston, and by Mr. R. E. McIntosh, second engineer at 4QG, at his experimental station at Hawthorne. AT Wilston Mr. Stevens received direct from the 'plane, and by direct land line kept the station In touch. At a little distance from the station Messrs. Bardin and Stephenson, of the staff, also operated other receivers. At 4QG Mr. R. E. Mclntosh, who, in the absence of Mr. Stevens, acted as chief engineer, carried out some remarkable transmission with a shortwave receiver of his own design, situated only about 20ft. or so away from the main transmitter; and, using merely an arm's length of wire as an aerial, he kept in almost constant communication with the Southern Cross, even during the time the main transmitter at 4QG was in operation. No trap of any description was em ployed, and the set used a detector valve without any radio frequency amplification of any sort whatever. When once the 'plane left Suva 4QG broadcast progress reports con cerning it at regular intervals during the main programme, and on several occasions the actual signals from the 'plane itself were amplified and re layed from Wilston by the station, so that people sitting at home could listen to them quite easily. When these signals were broadcast by 4QG the whirr of a propeller came through quite clearly, and as the Southern Cross plunged and was tossed about during a heavy storm the varying speeds of the propellor could be noticed. This propellor was not one of the aeroplane's own propellors driven by the whirlwind engines, but was the propellor on the generator of the wireless gear. The high-tension current in the Southern Cross was supplied by a wind-driven generator, and it was the variations in speed of the propellor on this piece of apparatus which came through so clearly as the machine bumped into air pockets, and which held thousands of listeners spellbound.[23]

WIRELESS WAVES. 4QG AND THE SOUTHERN CROSS. During the voyage of the Southern Cross from Honolulu to Suva, Station 4QG was in constant communication with the 'plane the whole way through, and at various hours broadcast its position and its messages to the public. The station was operated until almost midnight on the Monday night, and gave the latest messages from the 'plane until that time. On the Tuesday morning, at the commencement of the session at 10.30 the latest messages from the 'plane were again given to the public. Reception direct from the Southern Cross in Brisbane was effected by Mr. F. W. Stevens, Assistant Director of 4QG, at his experimental station at Wilston, and by Mr. R. E. McIntosh, Second Engineer at 4QG, at his experimental station at Hawthorne. The man behind the wireless messages was Mr. James Warner, the radio operator on the Southern Cross. THE OPERATOR. Mr. Warner, like his friend, Lieut. Harry Lyon the navigator, is a typical American, and his character is marked with a quaint streak of humour. Occasionally during the progress of the flight some of his messages even at a time when the party was literally dicing with death were such as to raise a smile on the faces of those who picked them up. Naturally, Mr. Warner was greatly interested in hearing something about the reception of his signals in Brisbane. In conversation with the Director of Station 4QG, he expressed a certain amount of surprise that the signals from the 'plane should have come through so clearly, even at the very moment that the Southern Cross left San Francisco. The apparatus, he said, was of excellent workmanship and gave splendid results, but the power was very low, and when it was considered that the transmission was coming from the 'plane, even Mr. Warner himself was more than surprised to think that so perfect a log of all his messages had been kept in Brisbane. The value of Mr. Warner's work was stressed in a speech made by Mr. C. T. P. Ulm at the dinner given by the Premier on the Saturday night to the intrepid airmen. Mr. Ulm said that while radio had kept the world informed of their progress, it had also carried out a very much more valuable work. The reception of signals from two or three different points had enabled the navigator of the Southern Cross to take bearings, and so work out the 'plane's position. This had resulted in their being able to land quite safely in Brisbane. Wireless was said to be very interesting from the point of view of giving the world progress reports of the Southern Cross from hour to hour, but it had been of even greater importance to the aviators, because it had meant that their safety had been assured. During the time the 'plane was between San Francisco and Honolulu, Mr. Ulm said, the United States Navy was in constant touch with them, and something like 110 vessels were ready at a moment's notice to speed towards the 'plane had the motors failed and the aviators been in danger of drowning. BRISBANE RECEPTION. From the time the Southern Cross left San Francisco on its long journey across the ocean its wireless signals were picked up by engineers attached to 4QG. The progress of the 'plane was thus followed and from time to time announcements regarding its position, the speed at which it was travelling, its altitude, and the messages from its crew were broadcast to wondering thousands. Wireless put the news of the 'plane's landing at Suva across the 1500 mile space to Brisbane in the twinkling of an eye and 4QG. was able to tell its listeners of the arrival there. News of the departure from Suva was also broadcast and during the last stage of the flight 4QG operated continuously throughout the night, giving messages from Captain Kingsford Smith and his companions. Two or three receiving sets were operated in order to effect transmission. At Wilston, Mr. Stevens (Chief Engineer) received direct from the 'plane and by direct land line kept the station in touch. At a little distance from the station, Messrs. Bardin and Stephenson of the staff also operated other receivers. At 4QG Mr. R. E. McIntosh, who, in the absence of Mr. Stevens, acted as Chief Engineer, carried out some remarkable transmissions with a short wave receiver of his own design, situated only 20 feet or so away from the main transmitter. Using merely an arm's length of wire as an aerial he kept in almost constant communication with the Southern Cross, even during the time the main transmitter at 4QG was in operation. No trap of any description was employed. He used a detector valve without any radio frequency amplification of any sort whatever. When once the 'plane left Suva 4QG broadcast progress reports concerning it at regular intervals during the main programme, and on several occasions the actual signals from the 'plane itself were amplified and relayed from Wilston by the station, so that people sitting at home could listen to them quite easily. SYDNEY ARRANGEMENTS. The efficacy of the short wave was shown clearly in the recent transmission of the arrival of the Pacific filers (states a 2FC. writer). On the ordinary wave length it would have been impossible for interstate and New Zealand stations to relay the description of this epic feat. 2FC opened on short wave — 28.5 metres — at 6 a.m. on the Saturday, and special messages of greeting were sent to the overseas stations, particularly the B.B.C., WGY, Schenectady, and WMAK, Buffalo, all of which have rebroadcast 2FC on previous occasions. The interstate and New Zealand stations were also called. The transmission of the arrival of the Southern Cross was carried out in conjunction with Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd., on the dual wave lengths of 28.5 and 442 metres, between 7 and 8 a.m. The short wave was carried on until 10.20 a.m, and between 9 and 10.20 a.m. the description was taken from 4QG, Brisbane. Telegraphic advice from 6WF was received: "Everything successfully rebroadcast since short wave started. Delighted and many thanks." A later telegram said reception was "word perfect." [24]

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WIRELESS NOTES, HINTS, AND ADVICE. (By "The DX HOUND.") AMATEUR TESTS. There in no doubt that there is plenty to interest owners of short wave receivers who do not understand the Morse code. In addition to the regular transmission of stations, PCJJ Holland, 2XAF and 2XAD America, 5SW England, JHBB Japan, and RFM Russia, there are many amateur transmitters in regular operation. On one Sunday afternoon the following stations were heard:— 7DX, 2LC, 2RC, 5DX, 4MF, and 4AB. 4AB by the way is an engineer in 4QG.[25]

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RADIO NOTES. (By "DX Hound.") . . . AMATEUR STATIONS. OA4AB, operated by W. F. Barden (sic, Bardin), Archibald-street, Fairfield, Brisbane. The transmitter consists of the Hartley circuit, and the aerial is of the single wire type. DX heard at 4AB includes AC, AJ, DA, OZ, OH, NO. Reports are always welcome at 4AB and may be sent c/o 4QG, at which place 4AB is an engineer. 4AB is received at R8 here.[26]

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WIRELESS PREPARATION. SPLENDID WORK AT SHORT NOTICE. The Director of the Queensland Radio Service (Mr. J. W. Robinson) referred yesterday morning to the manner in which the wireless preparations were made for the equipping of the Atalanta. "Station 4QG's part in the search," he said, "was a comparatively small one, and in relating what was done I do not desire to take any credit which really belongs to that very highly efficient organisation — Qantas. Mr. Brain, the pilot of the Atalanta, got in touch with 4QG at a late hour on Thursday afternoon, and advised that a request had been made to his company to send the 'plane, and asked if it would be possible to equip it with wireless. The Acting Premier, Mr. M. J. Kirwan, on being approached, instructed me to do my utmost to help. The notice was short, and did not leave very much time for testing, but the matter was urgent, and the staff of the station worked very hard on the job. Mr. Stevens (my deputy) volunteered to act as operator, and his services were accepted. He has had considerable experience as an operator in both ship and shore radio stations before becoming associated with broadcasting, and therefore was a good man for the job. Almost all the available staff concentrated on the task of equipping the 'plane, and were assisted by several persons outside the service, notably Messrs. Chandler, of J. B. Chandler and Co., and R. Farley, of Motor Supplies Ltd., who left their respective homes, came into the city, and opened their stores, so that 4QG might have the choice of any parts or apparatus required. Mr. Stevens fitted a small short wave receiver, designed and constructed by himself, and was assisted by Messrs. Tyson and Bauer, who voluntarily remained on duty all night. PRAISE WHERE DUE. "It must be remembered that the equipping of the 'plane itself would not have been of much use without the creation of a ground organisation, and in regard to this I cannot speak too highly of the worked performed by Mr. R. E. McIntosh, senior engineer of 4QG. He spent almost all the night in the company of Mr. Stevens, and completed arrangements with him for the working of traffic from the 'plane. Mr. McIntosh and Mr. Stephenson, of the staff, were then relieved of all station duties, and from the time the 'plane left took turns to maintain a continuous watch for signals. On Sunday Mr. McIntosh maintained this watch for more than 14 hours, a task which any listener who has worn headgear for half an hour at a stretch will realise is not a comfortable one. The relieving of Messrs. McIntosh and Stephenson from their work in the station left the staff shorthanded, but operators and engineers who were normally off duty immediately reported at 4QG and worked voluntarily to keep the normal broadcasting service running. Mr. Bardin and Mr. Bauer, engineers, both spent the whole of their weekends on duty. In the meantime the organisation had been extended further afield. The Federal wireless authorities advised Air Force officials, and Amalgamated Wireless in Sydney, was given full information regarding the call sign and wave lengths to be used by Mr. Stevens during the flight. As I stated previously, the whole of the credit of the search belongs to Qantas, but I feel sure the public will be interested to learn of the manner in which the members of the station at 4QG exerted their utmost endeavours. Mr Stevens played the central part, but was loyally supported by every other member of the staff."[27]

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Amateur Notes. Old Bill of 4QG VK4AB has deserted the 250 metre band and has gone back to brass pounding on the 40 metre band where he has worked several Yanks already. Power 6½ watts, FB, OB.[28]

Amateur Notes. Things generally on the 40 metre band are no good at all at present. Oh, for 32 metres! . . . VK4AB working 40 metres.[29]

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Amateur Notes. . . . VK4AB recently landed a W2 station at 8 p.m. (our time).[30]

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Amateur Notes. . . . VK4AB is building a new control panel, and is doing a bit of brass pounding on 40 metres. He says there is nothing on 20 metres.[33]

Amateur Notes. . . . VK4AB is testing phone on 40 metres, He anticipates 100 per cent modulation.[34]

BY METRE. Australian Experimenters. The greatest activity prevails within the experimental band, and the Australians are not lacking. The following stations were operating on Sunday, 13th inst.: N.S.W.: 2XK, 2JT, 2XI, 2HB, 2SS, 2GQ, 2LS, 2ZK, 2JH, 2NS, 2HM; Victoria: 3JU, 3XA, 3VR, 3UK, 3DX, 3RZ, 3LZ, 3BZ, 3AB, 3AX, 3RB, 3LE, 3BW, 3KY; Queensland: 4RB, 4RU, 4JU, 4AB; South Australia: 5BP, 5IT; Tasmania: 7PJ.[35]

AMATEUR NOTES. CONDITIONS ON 40 IMPROVE. By "Q.R.A." Conditions locally on the 40-metre band have been a little brighter this week, but on 20 metres the outlook is as dull as ever. . . . VK'S. 4NA, 4AB, 4MM, of Queensland. have been heard often of late, and at good strength. VR4FB, of Coorparoo, in Queensland, and local 5RX, had a long chat on 40 metres on Tuesday evening.[36]

Amateur Notes. Conditions on the 40 metre band have become a little more tolerable and the Queensland signals seem to be getting out much better. . . . VK4AB is working DX on 40 metres occasionally.[37]

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Among the Amateurs. Within a few weeks the amateurs who have so ably filled the gap as far as Brisbane is concerned, on the 250 metre band, will have to shift down to the 175 metre band, because of the establishment of the new B class broadcasting stations 4BC and 4BK on 233 and 217 metres respectively. This is unfortunate in some respects, but the amateurs who worked so consistently on this band realise that more broadcasting actions are required and so they are moving down to 175 metres with pleasure, knowing that though their experimental work they have endeavoured to give the listeners the variety which they sought. PIONEER WORKERS. It cannot be denied that the amateurs pioneered transmission and reception below 300 metres. Some years ago radio engineers when experimenting on short waves found that they disappeared after a certain distance and they at once jumped to the conclusion that such waves were useless for long distance work. In 1919 radio engineers declared that wave lengths below 200 metres would never be of commercial value, and enormous sums of money were spent on the erection of stations of large power and ultralong wave length. But amateurs were continuing their experiments on short waves and soon they were showing to the world that the low bands were more suitable for long distance communication in Morse than the higher bands. The amateurs discovered what the professionals missed — that when shortwave messages disappeared after going a certain distance they did not do so altogether but merely skipped a distance and reappeared again. Since that time increasing attention had been paid by commercial interests to wave lengths below 200 metres. VK4NW can claim to be the most consistent station on the 250-metre band. This station has done all in his power to make his experimental work interesting. Other stations who have been doing good work are 4CG, 4GO, 4LW, 4WN, 4RB, VK4HW, VK4AW, 4MF (old 4WI), 4JU, and 4GW. The 4th District has livened up again on phone tests on 40 metres, 4JU, 4FB, and 4HW have held duplex and triplex tests. 4GG and 4JR have also been testing phone. VK4MM tries phone sometimes, as also does 4CG. One of the old gang, VK4HB, had a duplex chat on Sunday from 4HW's shack with 4JU. VK2LE and VK2RB held a two-way phone test with 4JU on Sunday, and both stations were o.k. VK2HM was "butting in" on 2RB's wave. 4AT, 4AB, and VK4SP have also been testing out very fine phone on the 40-metre band. 2GR, VK2GS, 2LS, 2RF, 2GV, 2HG, 2OZ, 2NS, 2HB, 2CS, and several other two's have been on phone on 40 metres. 3RG, 3XA, 3NM, and many other three have been on phone on 40 metres. VK4CG has been working on 250 metres quite a lot of late experimenting with microphones. 4NW and 4GO have both been doing good work on the 250 metre band. VK4JO, 4RW, and 4FB have lately landed a few "W" (American) stations, and this points to a change for the better. VK2RB has been putting phone over to America. VK4AH, VK4LL, 4AM, 4NA, 4GW, and VK4BS have been active on 40 metres. VK4RJ at last has brought his phone up to a good standard.[38]

AMATEUR NOTES. SHORT WAVES BETTER. By "QRA" Conditions have considerably improved with the DX stations heard here and worked this week on the short waves in South Australia. . . . VK'S 5WH, 5BP, 4AB, 3GT, and 2HC were all heard back again, on the 40 metre band.[39]

Amateur Notes. VK4HW, 4FB, 4GW, 4AB, 4AT, 4JU, 4GG, 4JR, 2RB, 2GR, 2LS, 2LZ, 2HC, 2HM, 2HG, 2KL, 3XA, 3NM, 5IT, and many others have been working on phone the 40 metre band. . . . VK4AB has been working quite a lot on 40 metres testing telephony.[40]

Amateur Stations. . . . VK4AB is trying out another system of modulation on the 40-metre band.[41]

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Amateur Notes. . . . . VK4AB relays 4QG on 40 metres a lot. . . . The following stations were testing phone on 40 metres last Sunday: 2GV, VK3RG, VK2GH, 4AB, 4GA, 2LZ, VK2RB.[42]

AMATEUR NOTES. . . . ZL'S 1AK, 1BN, 2GP, and 2GW were the best of the New Zealand amateurs heard this week, while VK's 4RJ, 4FB, 4AB, 4AH, and 4AM were the best of the Queensland stations.[43]

Amateur Stations. . . . VK4AB on 40 metres relaying tests.[44]

Amateur Stations. Static has made the 40 and 80 metre bands most uninteresting during the week. DX has been answering, but static and interference have spoilt contacts. . . . VK2HG, 2LX, 2LZ, 2HC, 2NS, 4AB, 4BS, 4FB, 4MF, 3KA, 2EK, 2GR, 2JF, 2OM, 2JZ, 4RJ, 2MH, 2GS and many others were on phone during the week. . . . The 40 metres band was fairly quiet during the week-end from VK2 phone stations. VK2HG was on CQ, but did not hear 4AB and 4JU call him.[45]

Amateur Stations. . . . The following stations have been heard.— On 40 metres: VK2OJ, VK5MF, VK5BO, AC2CO, W9GV. VK3EM, VK6FL, VK6FM, VK4AH, VK4AM, VK3PP, VK7JK, VK3YL, VK3ZO, VK3LU, VK5IT, ZL4BN, ZL4AM, VK3NQ, VK3JR, VK3TM, PK3BQ, PK1JR, PK3CR, J3CK, J1DR, W6CUH, W6AM, VK5WR, VK2SA, VK4GW, VK2SK, VK2DP, VK4NA, VK4AW, VK4FB, VK4WH, VK4VH, W6BSK, KA1JR, VK6DX, VK6PK, W6BCK, KA1JR, VK6DX, VK6PK, VK2HM, VKX2HM, VK3LU, VK4MM, VK4AB, VK7CH, VK2OW, VK2GR, VK2HC, VK2JF, VK2NS, VK3WL, VK2KZ, VK2LX, VK4NW, VK5XK, VK5MB, VK5WH, VK5BY.[46]

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Notes from a Log. . . . VK4AB has been testing phone on 40 metres.[47]

Short Waves. Notes from a Log. Mr. F. Nolan (VK4VU) writes as follows on short wave and amateur activities:— . . . VK4AB, VK4AT, and VK4AJ on 40 metres.[48]

FUNERAL NOTICE. THE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES of Mr. and Mrs. W. Cheyne and Family, Mr. W. Cheyne (Senr.), Mr. and Mrs. B. Comerford and Family, Mr. and Mrs. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. G. Cheyne and family, Mr. J. Cheyne, Misses Mary, Elizabeth and Minnie Cheyne, Mr. and Mrs. P. Mc-Carthy, Mr. and Mrs. A. Siener, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Bardin and Family (Brisbane), Mr. and Mrs. J. McManus and Family (Cairns), and Mr. and Mrs. E. C. McGovern are respectfully in-vited to attend the FUNERAL of their late beloved Son, Brother, Grand-son, Nephew and Cousin, WILLIAM CHEYNE, which will move from his late residence, 10th Avenue, Railway Estate, THIS (Wednesday) AFTER-NOON, at 4 o'clock. F. HEATLEY AND SONS, LTD., Undertakers. 'Phones, Day 1130; Night 771.[49]

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FUNERAL NOTICE. THE Friends and Relatives of Mrs. E. A. Morris, Mr. E. Morris, Mr. and Mrs. W. Morris and Family, Mr. and Mrs. S. Morris and Family, Mr. and Mrs. W. Burke and Family, Mr. and Mrs. H. Ferguson and Family, Mr. and Mrs. W. Bardin and Family, are respectfully invited to attend the FUNERAL of their late beloved Son, Brother, Brother-in-law, Uncle, and Nephew, "HENRY MORRIS," which will move from the District Hospital, THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON at 3 o'clock for the new cemetery. ROONEYS LIMITED. Funeral Directors. Phones: Day 400, Night 870.[50]

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Supplement - Amateur Transmitters . . . Queensland. . . . VK4AB W. F. Bardin .. .. .. Archibald Street, Fairfield[51]

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TODAY'S RADIO TALK THE OLD BILL CUP CONTESTS. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF RADIO. Cup contests have been arranged with one idea — to create everlasting brotherhood among VK "hams." The contests are open to any and every licensed transmitter in Australia, with no restriction as to club or society. The cup has been donated by Mr. W. F. Bardin (VK4RB [sic, 4AB]), the chairman of the contest committee of the A.I.R. Conditions. Entrants must notify the secretary of the contest committee, Mr. W. F. Chapman (VK4XL), Violet-avenue, Yeronga, of their intention to participate in the contest. The applications should be in writing, and will be received by him at any time, whether the contest is in progress or not. The first contest starts on June 1, 1932, and ends on December 31, 1932. The second contest commences immediately on the conclusion of the first one, which will be January 1, 1933, and the second ends on May 31, 1933. "Hams" must keep an authentic log of all Q.S.O.'s over each period, and a copy should be forwarded to VK4XL. A minimum of 15 minutes constitutes a Q.S.O. The contest committee reserves the right to confirm any Q.S.O. in any manner it deems fit. There will be two contests of this nature each year, therefore the cup may change hands twice each year. The station which holds the trophy three times becomes the outright possessor of it. Sock Chewers' Club. In order to become a member of the Sock Chewers' Club it is necessary to participate in a 45 minutes Q.S.O. on the 80 metres band with some other member of the club on matters other than radio topics. S.C.C. members are under no obligation to the A.I.R. Certificates are issued to S.C.C. members, and are suitable for framing. Certificates are issued to any Australian amateur on production of the necessary proofs for scrutiny by the A.I.R. The service is solid and genuine, and comes as a boon long awaited by Australian amateur transmitters. All certificates issued by the A.I.A. in contests are free, but a small charge is made for S.C.C. and W.A.C. certificates, covering incidentals. For further information call or write VK4JU, VK4YG, or any of the A.I.R. gang.[52]

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"OLD BILL" CUP. Mr. W. F. Bardin, M.I.R.E., of 4BH, engineering staff, has always been noted as a keen wireless enthusiast. He is chairman of the contest committee of the A.I.R., and has presented a cup to be contested twice yearly among the amateurs. The idea of the contests is to bind the wireless amateurs closer together, and help them to a state of greater efficiency. Mr. Bardin himself is well-known as an amateur broadcaster, and it is his own experiences that have prompted him to donate the "Old BilI" Cup.[53]

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4BH CELEBRATES FIRST BIRTHDAY. Brisbane's youngest B class station, 4BH, is just celebrating its first birthday. It looks behind at a year full of lusty achievements, and claims certain innovations which have improved the tone of radio as its own. Says a birthday bulletin from 4BH:— Definitely the station can claim to have moulded musical taste, for its programmes have always been distinguished by a good admixture of classical and light classical music. 4BH was the first B station in Queensland to inaugurate a Sunday midday session. It was also the first B class station in Queensland to announce the advent of a breakfast session, and commenced its early morning transmission on its third day. It is pleasant to consider the widespread popularity of its present breakfast sessions in view of its pioneer work in this regard. 4BH has made many notable relays. Charity Helped. In connection with the recent installation ot wireless headphones at the General Hospital, 4BK took an active part in this appeal and collected surprising sums. This success with charity appeals was repeated with the recent Christmas cheer appeal, when toys, food, and dainties were provided by the station for over 2000 destitute families — all made possible by the generosity of listeners. With the interest in test cricket and Shield matches 4BH again gives its listeners outstanding service. Full arrangements have been made with southern stations to give all scores, and each evening of the test matches the famous authority, Captain E. W. Ballantyne, speaks through Station 2UW, 3UZ, and 5DN, and through to 4GR, Toowoomba. Technical Side. "On the technical side, the station is composed of the famous Telefunken equipment, and part of its success must be credited to that. A faultless transmission, with 100 per cent modulation, has always made 4BH a favorite, while as regards country listeners, in some parts the station can claim to monopolise them. Letters come from all the northern part of the State, from the Gulf country, etc., reporting reception of 4BH as their only Queensland station. 4BH operates on 1380 kilocycles, employing the same power as that with which it started — 600 watts. There is no more penetrating B class station in Queensland than 4BH. The system of modulation, etc., employed gives the maximum amount of punch to be got from the transmission. Weekly reports come in from American listeners, both on the eastern and western seaboards, and also from Canada, and there Is a large dally mail from New Zealand. The engineering staff consists of Mr. Thorston Gedda (chief), Mr. W. Bardin, M.I.R.E. (well known to amateurs as the man behind VK4AB), Mr. N. Cruikshanks, and Mr. C. Moran.[54]

(Start Photo Caption) STAFF OF RADIO STATION 4BH. Inset: Major J. Cox (advertising manager), J. Sinclair Wheeler (advertising). Standing, left to right, Miss M. Dkyer (office), Messrs. N. Cruickshand (engineer), C. Moran (engineer), Thorsten Gedda (chief engineer), W. Bardin, M.I.R.E. (engineer), N. McCormick (requests and records), Miss Philp (office). Sitting, left to right: John Chrlstopher, Ivy Ray (announcer), Walter P. Ryn (manager), Frank Gorman ("Kanga"), Miss Viven Driver (official accompanist).(End Photo Caption)[55]

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Australian Institute of Radio. . . . 4AB is using crystal now, and is getting out much stronger. He was heard well on fone with JU. He is busy with the 200-metre 'phone transmitter for the A.J.R.[56]

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A.I.R. Notes. Although conditions have not been the best during the past week the members of the A.I.R. have been get-ting the QSO's well. . . . VK4AB has been silent.[58]

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List of amateur broadcasters in Qld with wavelengths 24 May 1934 including 4AB Townsville

QUEENSLAND AMATEURS. 193 metres, VK4SS, Coorparoo, Brisbane; 200, VK4JU, Brisbane; 200, VK4LG, Laidley; 201, VK4RJ, Hamilton, Brisbane; 203, VK4RM, Mackay; 204, VK4RV, Cunnamulla; 204, VK4VH, Townsville; 204, VK4KL, Cairns; 205, VK4PC, Sandgate; 206, VK4JO, Gympie; 212, VK4LW, Ashgrove; 214, VK4AB, Townsville; 218, VK4GS, Paddington, Brisbane; 218, VK4PK, Ipswich; 230, VK4JN, Mitchelton, Brisbane; 231, VK4GG, Chinchilla; 234, VK4QL, Paddington, Brisbane; 238, VK4PW, Ipswich.[60]

List of amateur broadcasters in Qld with wavelengths 31 May 1934 including 4AB Townsville

On The Air Next Week. . . . QUEENSLAND AMATEURS. 193 metres, VK4SS, Coorparoo, Brisbane; 200, VK4JU, Brisbane; 200, VK4LG, Laidley; 201, VK4RJ, Hamilton, Brisbane; 203, VK4RM, Mackay; 204, VK4RV, Cunnamulla; 204, VK4VH, Townsville; 204, VK4KL, Cairns; 205, VK4PC, Sandgate; 206, VK4JO, Gympie; 212, VK4LW, Ashgrove; 214, VK4AB, Townsville; 218, VK4GS, Paddington, Brisbane; 218, VK4PK, Ipswich; 230, VK4JN, Mitchelton, Brisbane; 231, VK4GG, Chinchilla; 234, VK4QL, Paddington, Brisbane; 238, VK4PW, Ipswich.[61]

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List of amateur broadcasters in Qld with wavelengths 7 June 1934 including 4AB Townsville

QUEENSLAND AMATEURS. 193 metres, VK4SS, Coorparoo, Brisbane; 200, VK4JU, Brisbane; 200, VK4LG, Laid-ley; 201, VK4RJ, Hamilton. Brisbane; 203, VK4RM, Mackay; 204, VK4RV, Cunnamulla; 204, VK4VH, Townsville; 204, VK4KL, Cairns; 205, VK4PC, Sandgate; 206, VK4JO, Gympie; 212, VK4LW, Ashgrove; 214, VK4AB, Townsville; 218, VK4GS, Paddington, Brisbane; 218, VK4PK, Ipswich; 230. VK4JN, Mitchelton, Brisbane; 231, VK4GG, Chinchilla; 234, VK4QL, Paddington, Brisbane; 238, VK4PW, Ipswich.[62]

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QUEENSLAND AMATEURS. 193 metres, VK4SS, Coorparoo, Brisbane; 200, VK4JU, Brisbane; 200, VK4LG, Laidley; 201, VK4RJ, Hamilton, Brisbane; 203, VK4RM, Mackay; 204, VK4RV, Cunnamulla; 204, VK4VH, Townsville; 204, VK4KL, Cairns; 205, VK4PC, Sandgate; 206, VK4JO, Gympie; 212, VK4LW, Ashgrove; 214, VK4AB, Townsville; 218, VK4GS, Paddington, Brisbane; 218, VK4PK, Ipswich; 230, VK4JN, Mitchelton, Brisbane; 231, VK4GG, Chinchilla; 234, VK4QL, Paddington, Brisbane; 238, VK4PW, Ipswich.[63]

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List of amateur broadcasters in Qld with wavelengths 21 June 1934 including 4AB Townsville

QUEENSLAND AMATEURS. 193 metres, VK4SS, Coorparoo, Brisbane; 200, VK4JU, Brisbane; 200, VK4LG, Laid-ley; 201, VK4RJ, Hamilton, Brisbane; 203, VK4RM, Mackay; 204, VK4RV, Cunna-mulla; 204, VK4VH, Townsville; 204, VK4KL, Cairns; 205, VK4PC, Sandgate; 206, VK4JO, Gympie; 212, VK4LW, Ashgrove; 214, VK4AB, Townsville; 218, VK4GS, Paddington, Brisbane; 218, VK4PK, Ipswich; 230, VK4JN, Mitchelton, Brisbane; 231, VK4GG, Chinchilla; 234, VK4QL, Paddington, Brisbane; 238, VK4PW, Ipswich.[64]

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4AB's (now operating as VK2ABZ) home damaged in major storm

BROKEN WINDOWS. The storm struck practically the whole length of Church-street, Carlingford, and Dundas. Mr. W. Bardin, of Carlingford, who operates the amateur wireless station 2ABZ, had 17 windows in his home broken, and his wireless mast shattered. Iron from Mr. M. Graham's home, a few yards away, was flung 30 feet into the air. The front verandah of the Graham's house was knocked off, many windows were broken, and the fence round the tennis court was blown over.[65]

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4AB's WW2 service record

National Archives of Australia

  • Title: BARDIN WILLIAM FREDRICK : Service Number - 300061 : Date of birth - 02 Feb 1899 : Place of birth - LONDON ENGLAND : Place of enlistment - TOWNSVILLE : Next of Kin - BARDIN MIRIAM
  • Contents date range: 1939 - 1948
  • Series number: A9301
  • Control symbol: 300061
  • Citation: NAA: A9301, 300061
  • Item barcode: 5548700
  • Location: Canberra
  • Access status: Not yet examined
  • Date of decision: 01 Jan 1970
  • Physical format: PAPER FILES AND DOCUMENTS (allocated at series level)
  • Records authority class number: 1010873
  • Date registered: 20 May 2002[66]
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Funeral Notices. ASBURY.— The Relatives & Friends of Mrs. Chas. Asbury, of 134 Princess St., Kangaroo Point; Mr. & Mrs. Bert Asbury & Family; Mr. & Mrs. W. Bardin; Mrs. H. Lane (Townsville); Clare & Jack MacIntosh, are invited to attend the Funeral of her beloved Husband, their Father, Father-in-law, Grandfather & Brother-in-law Charles Asbury (late of Townsville), to leave the Funeral Parlour, 45 Adelaide Street, City, for the Crematorium, Mount Thompson, after service commencing at 10.15 o'clock, To-morrow (Tuesday) Morning. No flowers by request.— CANNON & CRIPPS LTD., Funeral Directors.[67]

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Qld death registration for 4AB's father William Richard Bardin

  • Qld BDM
  • Death registration: William Richard Bardin
  • Death date: 31/08/1946
  • Mother's name: Ruth Abbott
  • Father/parent's name: James William
  • Registration details: 1946/B/8226 [68]

Funeral notice for 4AB's father William Richard Bardin

Funeral Notices. BARDIN.— The Relatives & Friends of Mrs. W. R. Bardin, Snr., of 26 Hawthorne Street, New Farm, Mr. & Mrs. W. Bardin & Family, Jnr. (Sydney), Mr. & Mrs. Bert Asbury & Family, Mrs. L. Morris, Mrs. K. Ferguson & Family are invited to attend the Funeral of her beloved Husband, their Father, Father-in-law, Grandfather, Brother & Uncle, William Richard Bardin, to leave St. Michael & All Angels' Church, Brunswick Street, New Farm, for the Crematorium, Mount Thompson, after Service commencing at 9.45 o'clock on Monday Morning. No flowers by request.— CANNON & CRIPPS LTD., Funeral Directors.[69]

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In memoriam notice for 4AB's father

IN MEMORIAM. BARDIN, William Richard.— In loving memory of my dear Husband, our Father, Father-in-law, and Grandfather, who died 31st August, 1946. Many a lonely heartache, Many a silent tear; But always a beautiful memory Of one we loved so dear. Sadly missed by his loving Wife, Son, Daughter-in-law, and Grandchildren. BARDIN, William.— In loving memory of my dear Brother and our uncle, who died 31st August, 1946. Lovingly remembered in our home. Inserted by his loving Sister Lou, and Nieces Kate and Phil. BARDIN, William Richard.— In loving memory of our dear Uncle (Nunky), who died 31st August, 1946. Always so good, loving, and kind. What a beautiful memory to leave behind. Inserted by Phil and Bert, Betty and Albert.[70]

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IN MEMORIAM. BARDIN, William Richard.— In loving memory of my dear Husband, who passed away 31st August, 1946. Asleep in God's beautiful garden. Inserted by his loving Wife, Son, Daughter-in-law, Grandchildren. BARDIN, William.— In loving memory of my dear Brother & our Uncle, who died 31st August, 1946. Inserted by his loving Sister Lou, and Nieces Kate & Phil. BARDIN, William Richard.— In lov-ing memory of our dear Uncle (Nunky), whom God called to rest August 31st, 1946. Lovingly remembered by Phil and Bert, Betty and Albert Asbury (Townsville).[71]

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IN MEMORIAM. . . . BARDIN, William Richard.— In loving memory of my dear Husband, who de-parted this life August 31st, 1946. It is lonely here without you. Sadness marks my way. The world has never been the same. Since you were called away. Inserted by his loving Wife, Son, Daughter-in-law, Grand-daughter, Grandson. BARDIN, William Richard.— In loving memory of my dear Brother and our Uncle, who died 31st August, 1946. Deep in our hearts a memory is kept. Inserted by his loving Sister Lou, and Nieces Kate and Phil.[72]

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IN MEMORIAM. . . . BARDIN, William Richard.— In lov-ing memory of my dear Husband, who departed this life August 31st, 1946. It is lonely here without you, Sadness marks my way. The world has never been the same Since you were called away. Inserted by his loving Wife and Family. BARDIN, William Richard.— In lov-ing memory of my dear Brother and our Uncle, who died 31st August 1946. Deep in our hearts a memory is kept. Inserted by his loving Sister, Lou and Nieces, Kate and Phil.[73]

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OBITUARY . . . . The death occurred at the week-end of one of Townsville's oldest residents, Mrs. Eliza McCarthy, in her 85th year. The late Mrs. McCarthy was a native of Hull, England. She landed in Townsville 70 years ago and had lived here ever since. Many years ago she and her husband conducted a grocery store and post office in Palmer Street, South Townsville. Mrs. McCarthy is survived by four daughters, Mesdames J. McManus (Brisbane), W. Cheyne (Townsville), E. C. McGovern (U.S.A.), and W. F. Bardin (N.S.W.)[74]

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Qld death registration for 4AB's mother Esther Keziah Bardin

  • Qld BDM
  • Death registration: Esther Keziah Bardin
  • Death date: 03/10/1953
  • Mother's name: Katherine Jane Vile
  • Father/parent's name: Joseph East
  • Registration details: 1953/B/45648 [75]

Funeral notice for 4AB's mother

FUNERAL NOTICES. BARDIN.— The Relatives and Friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Bardin and Family (Sydney), Mrs. R. A. Morris, and Mrs. C. E. Ferguson and Family are invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandmother, Sister-in-law, and Aunt, Esther Keziah Bardin, to leave the Funeral Parlour, 45 Adelaide Street, City, This (Monday) Afternoon, after service commencing at 12.45 o'clock, for the Crematorium, Mt. Thompson. CANNON & CRIPPS, LTD., A.F.D.A., Funeral Directors.[76]

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  • Name: BARDIN, MIRIAM ESTHER
  • Registration Number: 10979/1968
  • Father's Given Name(s): ARTHUR MOSS
  • Mother's Given Name(s): ELIJAH
  • Registration District: ST LEONARDS[77]

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  • Name: Miriam Esther Bardin
  • Birth: Unknown
  • Event Type: Burial
  • Event Date: 1968
  • Event Place: New South Wales, Australia
  • Photograph Included: N
  • Death Date: 29 Dec 1967
  • Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia
  • Memorial ID: 145277542[78]
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  • Name: BARDIN, WILLIAM FREDERICK
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  • Mother's Given Name(s): ESTHER KAZIAH
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  • Name: William Frederick Bardin
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  • Event Date: 1976
  • Event Place: North Ryde, , New South Wales, Australia
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  • Death Date: 08 Jan 1976
  • Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium[80]
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Obituary for 4AB in the OTVA Newsletter

W. F. (Bill) Bardin Bill Bardin was born in England and came to Australia with his parents early this century, while still a child. The Bardin family settled in Townsville, Queensland and it was there that Bill first became interested in the new-fangled thing called wireless. His parents thought it was no sort of a career and persuaded him to enter a solicitor's office, but the urge of radio was too great: Bill took a correspondence course with the Marconi School of Wireless, graduating in 1919. To gain experience, he then joined a Melbourne radio firm and in 1923 opened his own radio and electrical business in Townsville. Two years later he joined the engineering staff of 4QG, preparing the station for its official opening in April, 1926. He remained at 4QG during its pioneering years until the P.M.G.'s Department assumed control of the station following nationalisation of the original "A" Class broadcasting stations. In 1931, when Station 4BH, Brisbane was being organised, Bill joined the original engineering staff of that station. 4BH eventually commenced service on 2nd January, 1932. He remained with the station during its first year of operation and then took up radio servicing. In 1933 he joined A.W.A. as an operator in the Coastal Radio Service at VIT, Townsville Radio, and a year later was transferred to the A.W.A. Radio Centre at Pennant Hills. During the war he did two tours of duty in Rabaul. On the closing of Pennant Hills, Bill transferred to Doonside. Unfortunately at Doonside he suffered a nervous breakdown and O.T.C. transferred him to Head Office as a Technical Officer where he was employed in compiling and updating ionospheric prediction information. Bill was always a charming gentleman with a ready smile and will always be remembered for the way he pampered and looked after Frank Marsden when Frank was so crippled with arthritis. During his life and particularly since his retirement in 1964, Bill was a very active "ham", call signs being 4AB and 2ABZ. Many amateurs and members of the Wireless Institute were in attendance at his funeral.[81]

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