THE BEALE PIANO FACTORY

List of Beale serial numbers and date of manufacture


The Beale piano factory was established by Octavius Beale, an Irish born (1850) multi faceted personality. He married in 1875 to produce thirteen children. He was an accomplished linguist, a great traveller and a fellow of the London Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He was also president of the New South Wales Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the Australian Museum and the Bank of New South Wales (Westpac). In 1906 he conducted a Royal Commission into Patent and Proprietory Medicines (at his own expense). At eighty years of age, he died in a motoring accident.

Beale started his business career as an importer of German upright pianos. A few of these imported instruments survive, and are named 'Hapsburg Beale'. The Beale piano factory was established at 47 Trafalgar St Annandale, and grew to become the largest piano factory in the southern hemisphere in the early 1900's.

Should anyone have additional information on the Beale piano factory and the family (Octavius and his son Rupert), we would be pleased to incorporate it on this page. Please contact us at: Overs Pianos Webmaster .


PHOTOGALLERY OF THE FORMER BEALE PIANO FACTORY


Originally located at 47 Trafalgar St., Annandale.

These images were scanned from 35 mm transparencies, which were taken from early prints of the Beale factory. The transparencies were provided by Ray Green, a former worker at the Beale factory and currently librarian for the NSW branch of the APTTA.

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1) Hot hide glue preparation area. img txt

Glueing machine 2) A close view of a glue cramp carrier machine. The breaking test for good glue is 400 lbs. per square inch. Beale glue tests 1100 lbs. (Could this text be from a brochure?)
3) A view of the key making floor. img txt

assembly of the back 4) Assembly of the piano back.
5) In the foundry. Preparing for the next day's work. Pig Iron supplied by Messrs. Hoskins of Lithgow, NSW. Each half ton is analysed. the foundry area

drawing off the iron 6) Drawing off the iron from the Cupola.
7) Pouring the molten iron into the mould. pouring the iron

Frame drilling room 8) Drilling the Iron Frames to standard markings. The templates used are subject to constant check against master templates of bronze and platinum - kept in a Safe Deposit.
9) A close view of drilling the frame. The plate driller

The stringing area 10) The stringing area.
11) The action fitting and finishing floor. Action fitting

beale upright piano 12) A Beale upright piano in a typical parlour from of the 1920s.


 

Production year Serial No.   Production year Serial No.
190516449 194170000
190817676 194270700
190922656 194371000
191024990 194471050
191125757 194571130
191227929 194671350
?28093 194771880
191735000 194872900
191835700 194973800
191937700 195074700
192039800 195175900
192142000 195277100
192244500 195378100
192347000 195479400
192450000 195580600
192552000 195682250
192654700 195783750
192757500 195985950
192860000 196086651
192962200 196190000
193063800 196290350
193164400 196390900
193264590 196491350
193364750 196591700
193464800 196692080
193564890 196792450
193665240 196892800
193766000 196993100
193867550 1970-197593450-94680
193968700 Last No.94983
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First published, 8 June 2000
Revised, 8 November 2000