Is a Remington Boxy assembled in Sydney a Soxy? It sure is Sexy!
This Remington Portable Typewriter Model 5 [Boxy], serial number V715401,
was assembled from US-made parts at Chartres Ltd, Remington House, 169 Liverpool
Street, Sydney, Australia, in about 1937.
That's why Chartres put a decal on the
front claiming it is "Australian Built".
One of the six brothers who were directors of Chartres, Francis Allan
Chartres, died aged just 45, in Toorak, Melbourne, on May 17, 1936, the year
before this typewriter was assembled in Sydney. He was born in Greater London,
England, in June 1890.
Francis's eldest brother, Frederick Aylwin Chartres (born in Walworth,
England, May 1870), founded the Chartres company in Melbourne in 1894. He
arrived in this country in 1885, aged 15 and almost penniless.
He became the first holder of a shorthand writer's licence from the Supreme
Court of Victoria and practised law reporting in Melbourne for some years. Then,
with two of his brothers, Albert Walter Chartres (1875-1939) and Alfred Ernest
Chartres (1877-1953), Frederick formed Chartres Ltd and established a Sydney
branch the following year. Chartres took over Zercho's Business Colleges in
1909. By also acquiring office suppliers Stott & Hoare, it gained the
Australian franchise for Remington and came to completely dominate Australian
Frederick and his five brothers, Francis, Sydney Lawrence Chartres (1885-1955)
and Alfred, all of Melbourne, and Albert and Arthur Harold Chartres (1883-), of
Sydney (where Frederick also resided), were running the company when the deal
was struck to beat Australian import tariffs and assemble typewriters from
Remington's US-made parts in Sydney.
With the death of Alfred in 1953, Frederick, while in London, on July 21,
1954, and Sydney in 1955, the Chartres company went into a sharp decline. Arthur
continued to live in Sydney into the early 60s, by which time the company was
known as Remington Rand-Chartres. It is now part of Pitney Bowes.