Mr Eric Shipley started Shipleys Sound Systems.
Nine years before television transmissions started (in 1961); Shipleys demonstrated television at the 1952 Christchurch Industries Fair. Using two black and white cameras, pictures were shown on RCA television sets. Our first commercial television project was at the 1953 Invercargill Centennial Exhibition.
This time was our advent into black and white video. Using 1 inch reel to reel machines, we were covering racing at Addington Raceway and doing replays onto closed circuit television.
Shipley Sound Systems changed their name to Shipleys Radio and Television Ltd.
In August 1973, before colour television transmission, we were playing colour video at the Christchurch Industries Fair with pictures from Addington Raceway. During this decade, the company employed three full time staff, and the majority of our business was as providers of closed circuit video coverage of race meetings at all tracks from Kaikoura to Waimate and the West Coast (excluding Westport).
Shipleys Radio and Television Ltd changed their name to Shipleys Video Services Ltd.
This was a decade of rapid expansion. Our Rentals division expanded from one to five people, and our Video Productions division started producing corporate videos. Our Systems and Services division expanded from two to five people. Shipleys Video Services Ltd changed their name to Shipleys Vision and Sound Ltd.
This was a period of change and consolidation. In 1990, we sold our Races Video division to TAB. In 1993, we sold our Video Productions operation and reorganised the company into our core business as an audiovisual services company.
In early 1998 we moved into our purpose built premises at;
193 Peterborough Street, Christchurch.
Shipleys Vision and Sound Ltd changed their name
to Shipleys Audiovisual Ltd.
In April 2000 we opened our Queenstown branch to provide local support and Queenstown based equipment. We amalgamated our Systems and Services divisions into one Technical Services department, which now has eleven staff members. Our DVD Editing & Duplication department has expanded to encompass the latest technology.
Dunedin Branch established to enhance support for local tertiary education institutions and grow the business with our client base.
Christchurch was devastated by an earthquake. We left our Peterborough Street headquarters in a sea of liquefaction, sunk into the ground and wrecked. After working from our homes for a few months we moved into our new premises in Brisbane Street and set up our technical services, rentals, duplication & editing, and service divisions under a new roof.
2012 to present
Having survived the Christchurch earthquake with minimal disruption to business through the dedicated effort by all staff and without any staff losses, we are now back to our full strength and totally involved in the rebuild of Christchurch. Our Technical Services division installing equipment in many new and refurbished buildings and Rentals continuing to offer the latest innovative equipment and skills for the conference market.