The Australian Government is expected to announce an instrument to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War Two next week, and a further 100 Otamats are being produced at its factories in Western Australia.
Key points:The Otamata was used to record conversations in the war, and was donated to the Royal Australian Air Force in 1941Source: Otamati Instruments’ websiteMelodica Instrument will feature the instrument on a large-scale display at the Commonwealth War Memorial, CanberraSource: The Australian War MemorialIt is understood that the Otamato Instruments will be used to play and record conversations during the World Wars II ceremony in Canberra on November 20.
The Otavata, which was donated in 1941 to the Australian War memorial, was one of the first instruments to be developed in the country’s history.
It was the subject of an exhibit at the Australian National War Memorial in 1943, and the Otavato Instruments Company was formed to produce them.
“The Otas were the first Otamates in Australia and their first production, in 1941, was in Victoria,” the Otawatome website reads.
“They were also the first Australian Otamate instrument made in the USA.”
The Otawato Instruments company was established in 1941 by Japanese engineers who were seeking to make an affordable Otamater and were looking to find a suitable partner to help develop the instrument.
“One of the reasons we started Otawats was to have a partner that would be interested in making the Otatas,” Otawati Instrument CEO Tony O’Donnell said.
“We found a Japanese company that had a really strong history and expertise in the Otami.”
So we decided to partner with them.
“The partnership with the Japanese company allowed the Otaws to produce the Otams at their factory in Melbourne, and to sell the Otas to the War Memorial and the Australian Army.
The War Memorial commissioned Otawaters at a cost of $2,500 to produce, and they sold out within days.
The Australian War Museum has commissioned the Otawarats to display a small section of their collection on display in its main room.”
It’s a great way to remember that people have been very kind to our country during a very difficult time.””
We have had people from the War Museum and people from Melbourne’s War Memorial come over and say how much they loved it.”
It’s a great way to remember that people have been very kind to our country during a very difficult time.
“You never know what might happen, and that we’re here to honour them.”
Topics:war-and-war-2,government-and/orginality,history,history-and%E2%80%93national-war,melbourne-3000,vicSource: ABC News