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J. E. Buchan: Bendgio
John Edward Buchan was born in Melbourne, but moved to Ballarat as a child. He was a tailor situated at “Bath Corner”. In 1885 he partnered with Mr Jackson to form the “Gold Mines Clothing Company”. Several year later Mr. Jackson had to retire due to ill health and so John continued alone. Unfortunately he contracted pneumonia and died in December of 1897, aged only forty-one years.
Bendigo Advertiser, 16th September 1885.
Bendigo Advertiser, 17th January 1888.
Snow’s : Melbourne
As early as 1892 John Snow and Co., “the increasingly popular and premium drapery emporium of inland Victoria”, were operating in Ballarat.
Hand coloured postcard of Ballarat circa 1910. The John Snow Company building can be seen to the right of the Town Hall with it’s clock tower.
Table Talk, 10th January 1929.
The Argus, 24th August 1931.
Around 1915 they opened in Flinders Street opposite the station. In 1926 they purchased the business of Lincoln, Stuart Pty Ltd.(see the Tailor’s button page). The men’s wear department was sold to be run as a separate business, “Snow’s Men’s Wear Ltd.” in 1937 with the parent company continuing in Hawthorn. They moved from their premises next door in Flinders Street, with Tattersalls moving into the original building, and later on Yooralla. This Art Deco building, although much renovated, still stands today but it’s days may be numbered as developers wish to demolish and rebuild.
Gowing Brothers Limited: Sydney
John Ellis Gowing was born in 1835 in Suffolk. He emmigrated to Sydney in 1857 and died in 1908.
John Ellis Gowing opened a drapery business in Sydney in 1863. In 1868 he was joined by his brother Preston, and Gowing Brothers was born. It was a department store specialising in novelties, camping gear and men’s wear, and had trademarked lines of clothing. Although an investment arm of the business survives today, the last department store closed in 2006.
“Gowings perfect gentleman”. The company boasted of pioneering affordable ready made suits made from Australian wool.
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