26th October 2019

Tailors’ buttons:

Woulfe & Son, Brisbane:

see also http://www.ausbuttonhistory.com/?page_id=10006

Cribb & Foote, Ipswich:

Thanks to Ron Williams for this images.

On 1st September, 1855 the following advert appeared in The Morton Bay Courier:

Have you ever found yourself incompetent from the state of your health?

Benjamin Cribb’s partner was John Clarke Foote (1822-1895), born in Wiltshire and emmigrated to Moreton Bay in 1850. He moved to Ipswich around 1852 were he managed the general store of Mr Cribb. In 1853 Cribb married Foote’s sister Clarissa, after the death of his first wife. The following year they went into partnership and created a major deparment store on the corner Bell and Brisbane Streets. In May 1877 until his death in 1895 he was a member of the Queensland Legislative Council.

The Hon. John Foote.

Australian Town and Country Journal, 12th July 1873. The store was described as the largest of its kind in Queensland, covering nearly an acre. !35 hands were employed, with drapery, grocery and ironmongery departments. They also ran several cotton ginning establshments and exported large amounts of cotton.

From the Ipswich Library: Cribb & Foote c.1940.

Benjamin Cribb (1807-1874) was a native of Poole, in Dorchester. He came to Moreton Bay in 1849 and started his business as a general merchant. He too was a member of state parliment, as well as  helping to set up many of Ipswich’s institutions.

Hon. Benjamin Cribb

After Benjamin’s death, his widow and Mr Foote ran the firm until they retired in 1891, younger members of their families continuing. The company  of Cribb & Foote Ltd. was taken over by Walter Reid & Co.Ltd. in 1977.




2 thoughts on “26th October 2019

  1. Bridget

    We are renovating our house (Queenslander style from approx late 1920s) and we happened across some Woulfe & Sons buttons stored inside the backing plate of a doorknob. We would love to know if you have any ideas why they would have been put there?

    1. abuttonadmin Post author

      I guess they were being used as a kind of washer to attach the plate snugly. I guess they were just the right size and conveniently at hand. Otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue!


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