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.