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Brecknell, Dolman and Rogers, makers of coin-operated machinery.
1928 Brecknell, Willis and Co was separated from Brecknell, Munro and Rogers to take over the company's electrical engineering activities. Thrissell Engineering Co seems to have been formed at the same time to develop coin-operated machinery.
1958 Awarded: Gold Medal Dairy Show.
1961 Manufacturers of butter and margarine wrapping machines; packing machinery for sugar, flour, coffee, rice; egg grading and other special purpose machinery. 1,200 employees.
1962 Planned to introduce a coal-vending machine
1964 New machines included a book-selling machine, ticket machines for the London Underground and electrical cigarette machines
1965 Acquired 51 percent of Redcliffe Radio and Engineering Co; the name was changed to Brecknell-Redcliffe Electronics Ltd.
1966 38th AGM: Mr Harry Dolman, M I Mech E, M I P E was chairman. An automatic roulette machine was about to enter production
1967 Had brought most of the work in-house; about to start production on their largest ever order, ticket machines for London Underground
1968 Queen's Award to Industry for Technological Innovation.
1969 Agreement to merge with Vokes, both having interests in food processing machinery and vending equipment; Vokes issued its shares to the company's holders. Subsequently found problems with conversion of existing vending machines to accept decimal coinage
1970 Problems had arisen with conversion of machines to handle decimal currency
1972 Problems at BDR Machines continued
1973 Highland Electronics acquired Brecknell Redcliffe from Vokes
1977 Brecknell, Dolman and Rogers was liquidated.
1982 BDR Machines was in liquidation