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Old Australian power outlets

Old Australian power outlets

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On the left is a Ring Grip with what I would call an art deco face plate.
The right one is a HPM with pale blue face plate.

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Manufacturer:RingGrip, HPM
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Location:Sydney Australia
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Factory Location:Australia

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Mar 12, 2015 at 05:03 AM Author: LegacyLighting
Ah - kindred spirits. I've been collecting these a while now. I am very lucky to have a good selection of new old stock switches, gangs and plates, roses, batten holders, inline holders etc.. Yours are fantastic examples, one is horizontal mount, the other vertical. Ring Grip, Clipsal, HPM, ACE, Sturdee and ELMACO were staple Australian manufacturers of these products. Lovely examples and thank you for sharing such wonderful examples of Australian industrial history.
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Mar 12, 2015 at 05:14 AM Author: rjluna2
Does the Aussie switch have 'ON' down position?

An unusual specimen with the 'ON' up position which it is similar to what we have in our market.

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Mar 12, 2015 at 05:20 AM Author: rapidstart
Hi Robert,

Yes, ON is in the down position.

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Mar 12, 2015 at 05:26 AM Author: rapidstart
Thanks for the comments Blake.
They were just tucked away in a drawer in the garage. All my late father's stuff.
There is also a white version of the HPM.
I toyed with the idea of donating the blue one to HPM for their archives but I don't know

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Mar 12, 2015 at 06:49 AM Author: dor123
We have no specific position for ON and OFF for switches here in Israel.

I"m don't speak English well, and rely on online translating to write in this site.
Please forgive me if my choice of my words looks like offensive, while that isn't my intention.

I only working with the European date format (dd.mm.yyyy).

I lives in Israel, which is a 230-240V, 50hz country.

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Mar 12, 2015 at 07:38 AM Author: rjluna2
Thanks, rapidstart

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Mar 13, 2015 at 01:30 AM Author: Mercurylamps
I remember that old HPM logo, the house I grew up in had that classic HPM logo on some old powerpoints and toggle switches. The house was built during the 1960s if I remember hearing right, many years before my time. I remember coming across a website with some information about the classic Australian plug design, see here.
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Mar 13, 2015 at 02:21 AM Author: icefoglights
That's an interesting read! I actually have some old angled slot outlets. I also bought an Apple world travel adapter kit that included the USB power adapter, with a variety of adapter plugs for various locations. The Australian style plug fits perfectly into the old outlet.

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Mar 13, 2015 at 03:11 AM Author: rapidstart
Thanks for the link to that website, Mercurylamps. Very interesting.

Sometime in the 60's, Ring Grip (I think) introduced a safety GPO where you couldn't switch it on unless the plug had been inserted. If you pulled the plug before switching it off, it would automatically switch off. There was an advertising campaign for it on TV. Possibly marketed for a child's bedroom.

I also remember the GPO with safety shutter so that a child could not poke anything into the active or neutral slots. GPO's with neon indicators tend to come with the safety shutters. Not sure if that is still the case. I remember that this type was quite expensive.

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Mar 13, 2015 at 10:16 PM Author: rlshieldjr
I found an outlet that looks similar, but a duplex type.
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Mar 13, 2015 at 10:25 PM Author: Mercurylamps
It's a great website, I'm glad I came across that link. Also interesting to see the orientation of the plug pins has varied over the years before the standard earth pin at the bottom came into effect. I've seen quite a few of the horizontal/vertical HPM designs with the long switches before.
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Jun 27, 2016 at 07:39 AM Author: oldmacs
If you ever feel like selling either of them, let me know I am actually running a project to document the history of Electrical fittings in Australia, both making a database of all the fittings made by HPM, Ring-Grip, Clipsal and Sturdee, and creating a physical collection of all the fittings themselves


Regardless thanks for posting - its great to see high quality photos posted on these things. Have you got any more vintage power points/switches?
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Jun 30, 2016 at 06:23 AM Author: rapidstart
@oldmacs: Noted.

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Jun 30, 2016 at 07:00 AM Author: oldmacs
I should add, For a period of time, Clipsal, HPM and Ring-Grip all experimented with various orientations of the 3 pin plug, HPM had the earth pin facing upwards (upside down to what we have now) from the mid 40s till the early 1950s (when the 125 series came in), Clipsal had the same, from the mid 1930s till the mid 1950s (though production of the older type continued well into the late 1960s) and Ring-Grip had the earth pin rotated 90 degrees to what we have now, from the late 30s until the mid 50s.

This is why the two fittings here have 'weird' earth pin orientations.
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Jul 02, 2016 at 06:01 AM Author: rapidstart
Interesting information on the various orientations of the 3 pins I guess the pastel colour would have been special order?

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Jul 02, 2016 at 06:38 AM Author: oldmacs
I think both colours are not too common - never seen either out in the wild!
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