There are many occasions when an electric lamp may be much handier, safer, and more convenient than the old fashioned lamp or the candle held under a hat, which goes out when it is most wanted.

Portable electric pocket and hand lamps are another useful modern development, and here too the Medhurst Electrical Co. is well to the fore.


While mum and dad were teaching us to tie our shoelaces, they were also teaching us everything they knew about the kitchen equipment business. Their parents did the same for them.

The family have been passing on their knowledge since before World War I started … back in 1912 to be precise.

They taught us to avoid products that might let our customers down. “It loses customers… it’s a pain in the neck to fix, and it’s the wrong thing to do” they said. We still avoid it at all costs!

Our grandparents set up a business to make a living… not to make themselves filthy rich. So our prices are fair for you and for us. Tasmanians have embraced this and it’s a big part of the reason we’re still in business more than 100 years on.

This website is just a snapshot of around 20,000 products we have in the store. Feel free to browse online, then come and visit us to see the rest. You’ll find all the good stuff out the back… and along the side… and down the step… and in almost every corner. The cheap, unreliable stuff? That’s in someone else’s store. We won’t sell you rubbish.

Please don’t forget us. We haven’t forgotten about you… we’re just a bit quiet sometimes.

Medhurst no longer manufacture automotive ignitions, ‘toasters, kettles, irons, stoves, plate heaters, food warmers, steriliser and ‘many other novel and useful devices’ as mentioned in this newspaper article (below) from 1914 We do sell a modern version of most of them though… plus almost 20,000 other kitchen products. No ignition systems or military field telephones though. Sorry.

If you’d like a bit of a laugh, take a look at these two articles from the Mercury in the early 1900s.

Portable electric pocket lamps. Electricity for Bellerive and Lindisfarne.


This young and enterprising firm of electricians of Argyle Street, Hobart have a very fine and extensive exhibit in the trades exhibits building and all visitors to the show should make a point of inspecting it.

It includes a large variety of labour-saving and up-to-date appliances including a large stock of electric fans, radiators and electric heaters and cookers, which are eloquent witness to the great strides electricity has made as the friend of the housewife. All imaginable kinds of electric fittings for the house and a particularly fine assortment of electric chandeliers, are included in the very unique collection.


Medhurst’s are practically the only Tasmanian firm which give their undivided attention to electric appliances alone, and consequently all who deal with them can be confident of securing the best value for their money, and the increasingly large number of buildings, public and private which are daily being fitted by the Medhurst Electric Company speak for the reputation which the firm is achieving.

The firm has the sole Tasmanian agency fir the famous Osram British made electric lamps and the latest things in electric vacuum cleaners, massage appliances and their stand at the show also includes a large display of the latest patent Fuller Block accumulators now renowned throughout the world.

Everyone interested in ignition for cars, marine engines and all sorts of motors are extended, together with people interested in the appliances for the home, a cordial invitation to visit the company’s stand at the show, where a staff of attendants will be pleased on both days to place the goods before visitors and explain their uses and state their prices.

The firm is making a special feature of heating and cooking appliances and now that electricity has been installed in Bellerive and Lindisfarne, a special invitation is extended to residents of those two suburbs to call and make enquiries.

With the installation of these up to date electrical devices, work in the house can be minimised to a surprising degree, and a look over the Medhurst exhibit should pay anyone for the time spent almost twofold. Electric appliances for the kitchen which are on show include toasters, kettles, irons, stoves, plate heaters, food warmers, sterilisers and many other novel and useful devices.

A large number of these splendid goods have never been exhibited before, as they are absolutely the latest improvements it is possible to obtain anywhere. The whole exhibit is interesting to the highest degree, and it demonstrates the great advance made in electricity during the last couple of years.

Besides the devices mentioned there are many others, too numerous to mention but which the staff will be pleased to show and explain to all inquirers. The almost phenomenal growth of this now well known firm can be gathered from the fact that they employ a staff of over 25 men in their workshop, a staff which includes many skilled mechanics, all of whom are engaged as specialists in the various departments.

All electric work, including repairs to motor-cars, house lighting, and other power installations, and the installation of telephonic systems, etc. is performed successfully by the firm, who solicit your custom.

An application of electricity in which the firm specialise is electric lighting for houses in the country, and the fullest information on this as on other matters, may be obtained from their staff. The application of telephones to farm purposes is another matter to which attention has been given. There seems to be every reason to suppose that the telephone, with the coming of simpler and easier systems of working, is likely to play a much greater part in country life in the future.

Portable electric pocket and hand lamps are another useful modern development, and here too the Medhurst Electrical Co is well to the fore. There are many occasions when an electric lamp may be much handier, safer and more convenient than the old fashioned lamp for the candle held under a hat, which goes out when it is most wanted.

Altogether while this is the first appearance of this firm at the show ground the interest attracted is bound to be such that its is not likely to be the last.

Military field telephone invented bv Mr Medhurst!


Medhurst Electrical Works and Telephone Company, Limited.  Royal Hobart Show 1915

In the centre of the great hall is the imposing exhibit of the Medhurst Electrical Works and Telephone Company Ltd., a firm which is very well-known in Hobart.

The feature that first strikes one on glancing towards this stall is the wonderful array of electric lamps which adorn the upper parts of the exhibit, whose radiance is cast softly over the rest of the articles below. This display gives one an idea of the vast possibilities which lie in the artistic lighting of buildings, and particularly the home. There is no light comparable to that of electricity, provided that the means of shading and diffusing are chosen with care and taste. The Medhurst Co, are adept in the art of fancy illuminating, as their exhibit of lamps and shades goes to prove.


The firm’s specialty is electric wiring of all descriptions, both for lighting and heating. One of the counters on’the’stall is devoted to electric motors, calculated and designed to drive all manner of devices and produce heat for anything under the sun. A novel and attractive feature is a large pile of electric irons, which are to be given away during the exhibition to people placing orders for house wiring. Such orders are to be executed within the next three months.

This offer is no doubt made in view of the Hydro-Electric Department’s promise that their power will also be available for the use of would-be consumers within that period.

One of the most notable features of the exhibit will be a display of the parts of the celebrated Medhurst military field telephone, which was invented by Mr. Medhurst of Hobart some time ago and is now almost universally adopted as the most efficient and portable field telephone in existence.

Hitherto, these telephones have been manufactured solely in England, but quite recently the firm commenced to make them in their workshops in Hobart, and their enterprise has met with the success it undoubtedly deserved. The telephones will be on view at the stall and are likely to attract much attention. Another feature of the exhibit will be the new half-watt lamp, a lamp that is growing in popularity every day.

The special attribute of this lamp is that it consumes just half the current required by an ordinary vacuum lamp. This globe of the half-watt lamp is filled with nitrogen gas, which aids its brilliancy. The display is, indeed, a general exhibition of electrical goods, comprising the most modern devices and appliances that have been produced by the manufacturers.

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