Breville’s beginnings In Australia in 1932 Bill O’Brien, a radio salesman, and Harry Norville, an engineer, scraped together 500 pounds in the midst of the nation’s worst economic depression to found “Breville Radio”. Together they built and sold radios to a generation for whom radio was the centre of family entertainment and a vital connection with a world in great upheaval.
Breville sold its radio division in 1951 with the advent of television but continued as a family business with a focus on small appliances and on seeking innovations to everyday living. It was John O’Brien, son of Bill, who in the 1960s established the Breville research and development centre which enabled it to design and produce its very own products. The establishment of this product research and development centre was one of the most significant events in the history of Breville. The research and development centre developed some of the most iconic Australian kitchen appliances, such as the Breville snack ‘n sandwich maker and the Breville kitchen wizz food processor.
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