History of GRN in Australia

Known as the Cake Tin Player or Mill's Bomb, built in 1953. Designed by Stuart Mill with directly cranked spindle and the same governor as used in springphone record players.
Known as the Cake Tin Player or Mill's Bomb, built in 1953. Designed by Stuart Mill with directly cranked spindle and the same governor as used in springphone record players.
Testing wind-up players
On the building site at Eastwood
Stuart Mill
Dick McLellan
Painting the drawings for Look, Listen & Live picture books

1939: The ministry was founded by Joy Ridderhof in Los Angeles USA. Because of her impoverished position Joy was totally dependent on the Lord for financial provision. Thus the ministry was founded on a clear understanding of God's trustworthiness, and continues to maintain that position.

1953: Joy Ridderhof visited Australia en route for recording Gospel messages in PNG. She stayed with and enthused Stuart and Molly Mill, who with men such as Paul White, Ken Griffith and others commenced Gospel Recordings Inc Australia, situated in Sussex Street Sydney. Stuart Mill was Director. The main products were gospel messages on 78rpm gramophone records, and spring wound gramophones.

1957: Operations moved to a newly constructed factory at Eastwood. Staff expanded as young Christians saw this as an exciting field for evangelistic service. The Phonette was invented as the first hand wind, motorless record player. New Centres were spawned: GR-USA commenced a base in the UK; and Australia, with help USA, supplied the plant and machinery and staff for a centre in Bangalore India. Meanwhile recording technicians were trained and sent to many countries.

With the emergence of the cassette recorder and their use in Missions, research commenced into producing a reliable hand wind, batteryless cassette player. Development progressed through a number of models until the Messenger became the recognised work horse for missionaries and national Christians working in remote locations.

1974: As an adjunct to the spoken message on cassette, the first of our Bible teaching picture series were printed.

1977: Dick McLellan was appointed General Director of the mission.

1978: The Good News picture series - an overview of the Bible's redemptive message was released and, with a recorded commentary, became an effective tool for oral communicators around the world.

1985: The Look, Listen & Live Bible teaching series of flipcharts were published, providing greater in depth teaching on many Bible themes.

1987: The Mission moved to an industrial complex at Castle Hill. This enabled us to develop a purpose built complex for both player production and studio facilities, plus office, research and development, packing and dispatch areas. With some of the proceeds from the sale of the Eastwood property, residential properties were purchased for use by the mission's members.

1988: The organisation in Australia and some other countries changed from Gospel Recordings to Language Recordings.

1993: At various times in their history GR-US and LRI Australia and other Centres attempted to form a fellowship of the expanding family of organisations having common roots and vision. Finally the Gobal Recordings Network came into being as an umbrella fellowship of the 20 GR/LRI Centres around the world.

1996: GRN expanded to 22 Centres forming the GRN Council, and there are 7 developing bases. The GRN Executive Committee made up of the Directors of four Centres was appointed.

1997: The Living Christ loose leaf series of Bible pictures were published with a focus on reaching the minds of Muslim peoples of the world.

2000: Graydon Colville was appointed National Director/CEO of the mission.

2002: The 20,000th Messenger player was produced.

2003: 50th Anniversary in Australia. Technology developments continue, with recording starting to be done straight to portable computers.

2004: The name has changed again from Language Recordings to Global Recordings Network, to reflect the wider global fellowship of centres and bases in more than 30 countries.

2008: The Saber hand wind digital player was released. This was a successor to the various hand wind cassette players that GRN had produced over three decades.

2012: Graydon Colville became International Director of GRN. Christine Platt was appointed Australian CEO. To handle the expansion that was occuring the mission moved to larger premises in Prospect, including six purpose-build studios for sound editing and processing.

  • The Saber hand wind digital player is now in use all over the world. It's a rugged solid state device which plays standard MP3 and WMA files.

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