11th December 2018

From 1941: I know it was war time, and you had to ‘make do’, but don’t decorated eggs belong to Easter?

The Sun (Sydney), 21st December 1941.

Tailors’ buttons:

Adelaide Co-operative Society Ltd:


George Thompson, a founder died 1905.

The Co-op was established in 1868 with 13 members in Carrington Street, but moved to larger premises in Angus Street in 1882. The aim of the society was to provide “reliable ggods at reasonable prices” and would grow to included clothing, footware, hardware and groceries with many suburban branches. It ran diary farms, a garage and a carpenter’s shop.  In 1928 three women were elected to the board of management; very progressive! It lasted until 1962.

Three story building with 2 story veranda and including a tea room built in 1910. Photo from 1928.

Jack Meyer, Adelaide:

Jack Meyer, 1929.

Sport, 31st May 1918.

Johann (Jack) Meyer operated from 36 Grote Street, Adelaide, from 1917. He seems to have been quite the character, judging from this story published in The Mail, 19th June 1948:



10th December 2018

Times to get the gift shopping finalised!

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 21st December 1935. A “flap jack” was a powder compact.

Seen online:

This American card of buttons shows the identical design to that seen on Leda and Embassy branded cards.


9th December 2018

Tailor’s buttons:

Gooch & Hayward, Port Augusta:

The families of the Gooch and Hayward were pioneers of the area of the Spencer Gulf and the Eyre Peninsula region of South Australia. Port Augusta was a seaport near the gulf’s head.

Charles Gooch, and his son Charles Henry Gooch (1834-1917) operated as ‘Charles Gooch & Son’  in King William Street, Adelaide, as wholesale drapers, having arrived in Adelaide in 1855. They dissolved their partnership in1868 (perhaps Dad retired?). His son continued in Port Augusta along with Albertus Lemmus Ricardo Hayward (known as Albert Hayward 1830-1888) as ‘Gooch & Hayward from 1871.

Albert Hayward c.1870

They were shipping and forwarding agents, alcohol merchants and general store keepers. They had their own jetty and were successful enough to build a new, larger store that opened around 1882. In 1883 the tailoring and drapery department of the business was selling ready made clothes, blankets, fancy shirts and hats and were agents for insurance companies. The business employed around 50 people in 1883, making it one of the largest employers of the region.They dissolved the partnership in 1884. Gooch started a new partnership with William and Thomas Scott (Gooch & Scott) which in 1888 merged with Tassie, Scott & Co.The business of ‘Gooch & Hayward’ was in liquidation in 1885.

A.G. Adams, Melbourne:

Alfred George Adams (1849-1921) split from partnership with Isaac Bowley in 1903. from 1904-1912 he advertised his tailoring business as ‘A. G. Adams” at 13 Block Arcade, Melbourne.

Benalla Standard, 17th Jun 1902. Love it!

A. G. Parker, Adelaide:

Alfred George Parker headed this business from 1921-c.1950. He was also involved in a miniature railways company and a concrete company.

Advertiser, 2nd May 1921.

5th December 2018

I haven’t started my Christmas cards yet.

“Christmas letters – News from home (i.e. England) Illustrated Sydney news, 23rd December 1882.

New finds:

1950s Beutrons.

The card is not pristine, but still nice to have as they do not turn up often.

The Originals have metal bases and glass centres.

Maxart c.1980s


And 3 lovely Goofy buttons, in an Aqua shade this time.

Of course, I don’t really need 3 of them ……

4th December 2018

Better get organised for baking the Christmas cake soon.

Cutting the Christmas cake in 1950.

Tailors buttons:

Cook, Son & Co. Ltd, Hindley Street Adelaide:

See also the post from 17th October 2108.

In 1914 John Cook bought the business of Mr Harry Stephen Thwaites in Hindley Street.  It was renamed Cook, Son & Co.  He ran it with  his son, Filmer Wesley Cook, and partners William John Gilmour and Ralph Dillon Radford.

Harry Stephen Thwaites. 1930.

Filmer Wesley Cook. 1942.

Ralph Dillon Radford. c 1915.



1st December 2018

Oh dear; I better put up my Christmas tree! Here’s some inspiration from the 1864  German Christmas bazaar held to aid the Lutheran Church in Melbourne.

The Australian News for Home Readers, 25th January 1865.

New finds:


c.1950 Beutron. Approx 1cm diametre.

28th November 2018

New Finds:

Embassy cards 1980s:

From Trove:

Researching hand plaited leather buttons, I learnt that not only was this done by  women as outworkers in their own homes, but also by “crippled children”, presumably as a sheltered workshop activity. A lady in Perth did buttons and other leather work as her own small business in Perth.

The West Australian, 23rd April 1953.



26th November 2018

Mystery solved: Who were the manufacturers of buttons in Queensberry Street and also Flinders Lane (previously mentioned on the “Frederation to WW2” page)? The same company …

Bijou Ornaments Manufacturing Company: Melbourne

In 1938 this company was at 132 Queensberry Street, Carlton. In 1939 it became a propriety limited company with Nitalis Barski  and William Hoffman as directors.

The Herald (Melbourne) 25th October 1939.

They advertised as button manufacturers. In October 1939 they also advertised as located at 110 Flinders Lane, though they stayed at Queensberry Street until 1940. In 1942 they were in liquidation.

Victoria Gazette, 29th April 1942.

The company was revived as the “Bijou Button and Buckle Manufacturing Co.”  in the Leroy Buildings, Higson Lane (opposite 129 Flinders Lane) under the management of the widow (Elsie Gintz) of one of the listed liquidators (Charles Gintz. who died in 1943).

The Leroy Building in 1985, prior to demolition. It had been rebuilt after a fire in 1919 from a building existing prior to 1914.

Weekly Times 6th November 1946.

Weekly Times, 6th November 1946. Note the miss spelling of her surname.

Karel (Charles) and Eliska (Elsie) Gintz had fled to Melbourne from Czechoslovakia in 1939. As her husband became unwell and then died in 1943, she had gradually taken over management of the factory, despite not having previous experience. During the war the entire output diverted to military stock. In 1946 the article about her in The Weekly Times claimed there was only one other factory of this type in Melbourne at that time.

To see the whole article: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/224423420?searchTerm=Mrs%20e%20gientz%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&searchLimits=sortby=dateDesc