7th August 2019

New find:

South Australia Fire Brigade by Stokes & Martin







Thomas Stokes was in partnership with George Frederick Martin from c.1867-1893, after which he went into partnership with his sons. The South Australian Fire brigade was formed in 1882, which dates this button to the decade 1882-1893.


Tailor’s button:

Rothwell’s Ltd. Brisbane:

The founder, Thomas James Rothwell, was born in Ealing, Middlesex, in 1869 and first came to Australia in 1883. In 1897 he started the business in his own name, changing it to a limited liability company two years later. In 1909 a serious fire gutted his 5 story building in Edward Street, but he continued several days later in another building until a new premises could be built. In 1926 he retired from active management, and a new company, Rothwell’s Outfitting Limited, was started to takeover the retail side of the business.

Sunday Mail, 29th January 1928.

Mr Rothwell was awarded an O.B.E. for forming the Transport Corps to transport injured soldiers during WW1. He was active in public areas, including founding “Children’s Day”, where members of the Royal Automotive Society would give orphaned and sick children a picnic and a ride to the beach. He originated the Anzac Memorial Avenue in Brisbane. After his death in 1928 an obelisk to his memory was erected in this Avenue. His business continued for another 60 years after his death.

Rothwell’s building, 1934.


2 thoughts on “7th August 2019

  1. Carol Fenselau

    I love your new format Cathy. Congratulations!
    I also love your Stokes & Martin Button. It’s in great condition!

    1. abuttonadmin Post author

      Thanks carol. We had to install the latest version of WordPress to solve a lot of running problems!
      The Stokes & Martin button is rusty in appearance but not rubbed/worn down. As they were in partnership for only around 26 years, it is nice to find them!


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