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More Tailors’ Buttons:
A detectorist has asked me to investigate a tailor’s button marked “Benson Parramatta”:
Robert Benson and partners ran a business as Drapers and clothiers in Alburn Street, Goulburn under the name of ‘Butler & Co” which was sold in 1879. Robert then went to Parramatta where he ran a tailor’s and outfitter’s business until his untimely death of rheumatic fever in June 1885, at the age of only 35 years.
Twentyman & Stamper were established around 1858 at 23 Bridge Street, Ballarat. When Thomas Stamper retired in February 1878 the partnership between Stamper and John Twentyman was dissolved, with John continuing alone as ‘ J. Twentyman, The People’s Tailor”. He died in 1899, aged seventy, his son Thomas inheriting and continuing the business under the same name. He had been born in Exter, England, came come to Victoria in 1854. He was remembered as a benevolent and charitable man. The business was succeed in 1909 by ‘Brown and Morris’.