10th April 2019

The story of A.J. Parkes part 2:

Eric Edwards Faux borrowed heavily to buy the firm in 1941. He was an English born jeweler who had come to Queensland as a child in 1913. He kept the name because the firm had built up a reputation for quality work. The firm required modernisation, and came with the burden of Harry Parkes, who was quite eccentric and unreliable, and was repeatedly sacked! However, all the old armed forces dies and tools were intact. This allowed Mr Faux to tender for button and badge production during WW2. Due to increased demand, the firm moved to 454 George Street in the early 1940s, then back to Gregory Terrace in 1947.

In 1948 A.J. Parkes became a registered private company. Enamel and plastic badges were a big part of the business. In 1961 the company moved to Salisbury and built a new factory. Eric’s sons, Edgar and Clive joined the firm, eventually becoming Chief Executive Office and Production Manager respectively. After a sixty year hiatus, they returned to medallion production.

Edgar Eric Faux
Clive William Lambert Faux

Apart from mentioning military button production, and a passing reference to work for the Post Masters General, the book overlooks the companies button production. I have, or have seen buttons for Queensland and New South Wales tram and rail, Scouts,  St John’s, Victorian CFA,  and Queensland  and WA Police, South Australian and NSW transport departments, and Qantas.

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