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The rise and fall of Dick Smith Electronics

6 January 2016

As a keen young entrepreneur in the electronics industry back in the 1970s, I have very fond memories of the then fledgling Dick Smith Electronics.

Every copy of Electronics Australia was festooned with ads for DSE's refreshingly large catalog of interesting products, kits and components.

Whether you were an electronics professional or just a keen kid with a desire to solder some stuff together, Dick had the bits for you and his iconic highly pixelated face became an icon of the early Australasian home microcomputer industry.

Dick started out repairing car radios in a Sydney suburb and selling spare parts and components as a sideline. Pretty soon he discovered that not only was their more money to be made from the bits-business but it was also a whole lot easier than burying your head in the dashboard of an old Valiant or Holden.

And thus, the once proud brand of Dick Smith Electronics was born.

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