Author Archives: abuttonadmin

7th January 2019

A Mystery solved:

Dun’s gazette for NSW, 1933.

On the ‘Mysteries” page I wondered as to weather Sunup branded buttons were distributed by Aucher Ltd. The listing above confirms this. Albert “Sammy” Aucher was an indent agent, and involved in many things; sailing, buttons, trochus shell, cork and cork products, and electrical appliances…

The Bulletin, 22nd October 1952. He died in 1954.

6th January 2019

I’m finding new information in Trove as more journals and magazines are scanned in. here are some more button producers in New South wales from the late 1930s.

McMonnies & Geary, Manly:

Dun’s Gazette for NSW, 1934.

All I have found out is that John David McMonnies (1909-1967) and Patrick Leo Geary were both listed as clerks in the electoral rolls.

Pearl Products Manufacturing Co., Campsie

This company was registered on 16th january 1933 at 33 North Parade, but changed its name to Actex Hardware Co. and moved to Undercliffe on 20th February 1939.

Dun’s Gazette for NSW, 1933.

Dun’s Gazette for NSW, 1934

Dun’s Gazette for NSW, 1939

Laurence Ryder Parkinson (1915-2008) was a manufacturer. his inital partners were Cyril Alleyne Hindson ( 1912-2004) and William Hosie, who both left the business by September the next year. They were replaced by Laurence’s father, George Dobson Parkinson (1885-1948), a builder, and Harold Moran. As the name change suggests, the company produced hardware, at first plastic then later metal as well, such and door handles. by 1967 they were known as Acetex-Goal. The company is deregistered.

5th January 2019

Pearl Shell Products, Sydney:

Malaby Chappell, Cleveland William Anderson (1917-2012) and Victor Marden (1920- ) formed a partnership under the name of ‘Pearl Shell Products’ in December 1946. By May 1947 Chappell left, then in 1948  so did Marden.

Dun’s Gazette for NSW, 1947.

Government Gazette of NSW, August 1947.

Roland Clifford Latter (1919-2000) joined around 1948 and continued the business after Anderson left in October 1950.

Government Gazette of NSW, 1950

The article below comes from Fisheries Newsletter of March 1950, when Latter and Anderson were working together:

I can find no record of this firm after October 1950. I wish I had some of these “novelties”!

4th January 2019

Godrey Norman Shead:

Godfrey was born in 1907. He served overseas in WW2 and returned, wounded, in 1941. He died the following year, aged only 34 years.

He had been involved in several button manufacturing partnerships before the war. The first was in in 1934 with James E. Campbell  and George R. Sheidow in Whistler Street, Manly.

Dun’s Gazette for New South Wales, 1934.

George Sheidow (from Manly Council archives).

This did not last long as the next year he was part of ‘Shead, Frost & Co’, whilst James Campbell continued alone.

Dun’s Gazette for New South Wales, 1935.

Wise’s Post Office Directory 1936.

The new partnership dissolved in 12 months.

Government Gazette of NSW 10th July 1936.

He started a new company at that time, Australian Button and Buckles P/L which made casein buttons and Jiffy button moulds. This company survived the war and Godrey’s death until 1951. (See the Covered Buttons page)

The Sydney Morning Herald, 6th July, 1936.


2nd January 2019

Interesting items from Trove:

I love the novelty fashion accessories that were so popular in the late 1930s.

The Newcastle Sun, 11th Nov 1937. Exclusive matching buttons and buckle.

An interesting item about the pocket compasses that G.Herring supplied MOP faces for during WW2.

Fisheries Newsletter June 1946.

1st January 2019

Tailors’ buttons:

H. J. L. Worthley, Hindmarsh:

Mr H.J.L. Worthley, 1937.

Hercules John Lyall Worthley (1885-1954) worked as a tailor from around 1908. He advertised a ‘tailoring club’ that you could join for 2/6 per week to get “at least one Worthley’s suit a year”. He moved to Hindmarsh in 1909. Around 1928 the business became known as ‘Worthley’s’. it wasn’t until 1984 that ‘Worthleys Tailors Pty Ltd’ went into liquidation.

State Library of SA. Photo from 1956 of the corner of Pirie Street and Gawler Place.

News, 16th September 1936.

30th December 2018

New finds: Beutron Tub Buttons

On the back of this partial double-card is pasted some newspaper printed with movie adverts, which allowed me to date the card to 1956. It is interesting that the term ‘tub buttons’ was still in use then, as it only appeared in advertising during 1945-1950.

The pasting of paper across the card was to stop buttons falling off when the stitching was cut through if the cards were cut up to allow the customer to buy less than a whole card’s worth. This custom must have been inconvenient for the seller, with the pasting required, and odd pieces and sizes of cards left to sell. This custom was dying out in the 1950s with small cards of a limited number of buttons becoming the only way to buy carded buttons.

Tailor’s button:

O. A. Plunkett, Parade Norwood:


Quiz, 4th August 1905.

Southern Cross, 5th Jan 1894.

Oliver Ambrose Plunkett (1870-1941) advertised his tailoring from 1894 to 1914 in the Parade, Norwood. Olly was a cricketer, footballer, athlete, and member of the Druid’s Lodge.


26th December 2018

Hoping you all had a Merry Christmas.

Tailors’ buttons:

W. Colyer, Adelaide:

William Colyer (1864-1933) took over his father’s business in 1891.

South Australian Register, 4th July 1891.

His father, George (1822-1897) had arrived in Adelaide in 1857 and operated as a tailor in King William Street at several locations. Around 1910, William moved to Pirie Street. He advertised at that location until 1924.

King William Street, 1875 from the State Library SA. George Colyer’s store front can be seen on the left.

Southern Cross, 25th June 1915.

A. E. Barlow, Parade, Norwood:

Arthur Edgar Barlow (1878-1957) ran “The Norwood House For Men’s Wear” from c.1915-1943 in the Parade, Norwood.

The Mail, 5th June 1915.

F. Budden & Son, Muswellbrook:

In 1921 Frank Budden sold his tailoring business to his son, Reginald Frank Budden, after 36 years in business. The business name was F.Budden & Son from 1922 until 1931. After this the name appears to have changed to Budden’s Tailor shop.

The Muskellbrook Chronicle, 21st December 1923.

The Muswell Chronicle, 16th March 1934 Frank Budden c.1899