Monthly Archives: December 2018

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

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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




21st December 2018

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Michael Thompson has shared an unearthed Wollongong button.

W. Croft, Wollongong

South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus, 27th April 1901.

The Daily Telegrapgh, 9th August 1909.

18th December 2018



Still planning your Christmas dinner? How about a roast turkey and rich plum pudding.

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 20th December 1953.

New finds:

Naval and Military Club (Victoria) by Stokes

The motto translates as ‘United Service”.

According to the site

“Formed in 1881 as a meeting place for officers, the Naval and Military Club is reputedly the oldest service club in Australia with a continuous history. First known as the Pipeclay Club …  It moved quarters many times before acquiring 7 Alfred Place (the former German Club) in 1920. By then, as a result of World War I, its membership had greatly increased. In 1967 it moved to a new clubhouse at 27 Little Collins Street.

In its first years it held lectures on military topics but this activity was taken over by the United Services Institution after 1889. Distinguished presidents include General Sir John Monash and Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey. Membership was extended to civilians after long years of peace, and to women in 1992.”

Courtesy of Victorian hertitage Database:
6 Alfred Place , former German Club, then Naval and Military Club, then Mietta’s resturant.

The club in Little Collins Street, Melbourne.  (from melbourne

Can’t say that I’m impressed that it took so long to admit women considering their involment in the military long before this. In 2009 it closed with massive debts and declining membership.

see also:

NSW Fire Brigade by Stokes & Sons:

The New South Wales Fire Brigade was formed in 1910. It was renamed Fire and Rescue NSW in 2011. Before then there had been military, insurance and volunteer brigades, and from 1884, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

17th December 2018

Here’s the Christmas pudding!

Sunday Times (Perth) 18th December 1938.

Tailors’ buttons:

A. J. Dangerfield, Broken Hill:

Mr Dangerfield 1927

His business was located in Oxide street from 1917. In December of 1935 he was in a car accident, which lead him to leave tailoring. He became the proprietor of Broken Hill Motors. Albert Joseph Dangerfield lived in Broken Hill from 1896 until 1947 when he moved to Sydney. 

Alf. C. White, Ballarat:

Wouldn’t you be annoyed if you name was Alfred Ernest White (1867-1928), but your buttons were incorrectly inscribed? I Hope he got a discount!

His tailoring shop was located at 112 Sturt Street from 1898 when he renamed his father’s previous business ( T. W. White & Co.) until 1903. After this he was a cutter for John Snow & Company for 10 years before opening a new establishment at 102 Sturt Street. In 1919 he was elected as a local councillor. he was involved in the YMCA, the church, bowls and cricket.

Seen online:

Woolworths buttons

14th December 2018



New finds:

The Rex card is marked ‘Japan’ bottom right.

Department Store buttons:







John Martin & Co Ltd, Adelaide

The Illustrated Adelaide News, 1st November 1878.

In 1866 Otto Peters and John Martin founded ‘Peters & Martin’ as a single fronted drapery store in Rundle Street. After Peters left in 1871 Martin continued on his own, successfully expanding into adjoining properties. By 1880 the company directors now included john Martin, Edward W. Hayward,of the prominent South Australian pioneering family, Richard Martin and W. Charles. The Hayward family would continue to be involved until it was sold to David Jones in 1985.

Arthur Dudley Hayward, managing director from 1925 until his death in 1953.

The business became a limited liability company in 1889. That year John Martin died, a victim of his own success, according to this newspaper story …

The Sun (Kalgoorlie) 1906.

‘John Martin’s’, also known as ‘Johnnies’, developed a national chain store in 1990 (Venture). In the 1990s store were sold to Harris Scrafe, rebadged as David Jones stores, and closed The last store under the John Martin name to close was the flagship store in the Rundle Mall on 18th March 1998.

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

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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.