There are few Australian cameras. The Lexa 20 from 1948 is one of them. It is a box camera for 2¼x3¼-inch exposures on 120 film. For some reason, some examples are missing the film carrier.
The camera was made by the Lexa Manufacturing Company Pty. Ltd. of 218 Latrobe Street, Melbourne. The company was formed in 1937, its assets liquidated in 1950, and finally dissolved in 1953.
- Advertisement by Lexa Manufacturing as metal plating specialists, in the Argus, Melbourne, 10 November 1945, p29, archived at the National Library of Australia's 'Trove' service.
- Notice in the Victoria Gazette No. 833 (22 October 1952) p5883, including Lexa Manufacturing in a list of companies to be dissolved after a further three months, and giving the company's date of registration as 30 June 1937.
- Advertisement inviting tenders for the machinery including camera dies, as well as stock and goodwill, of Lexa Manufacturing, in the Argus, 17 June 1950, p25. The advertisement describes the company as being manufacturing jewellers in liquidation. Archived at Trove, as above.