Breville is an Australian manufacturer and marketer of small home appliances, founded in Melbourne in 1932. They created the original sandwich toaster. The product was a huge success upon its launch in Australia in 1974, selling 400,000 units in its first year and making the Breville brand a household name in Australia. Soon after, the Breville toasted sandwich maker was launched in New Zealand and Great Britain where it met with similar success. The name became synonymous with such devices - to the point where in some countries "Breville" has become the generic word for a sandwich toaster, and often the toasted sandwich itself, in much the same way that "The Hoover Company" is associated with the vacuum cleaner. In 1932, Bill O'Brien and Harry Norville (born Charles Henry Norville) mixed their last names together and the Breville brand was created. They started off making radios, then mine detectors for the war. After World War II and the commencement of television transmission in Australia in 1956, Breville turned its attention to small appliances.