Carol has been checking out her rare uniform buttons and giving me a bad case of envy. Here are some of her collection.
This is a rare button believed to be from the Castlemaine Fire Brigade. The Backmark is W.MOCKTON. FITZROY. It took some effort, but I managed to find a reference online from a 1913 street directory;
From South Australia:
The Shierlaw’s were tailors, outfitters and merchants who had a large mail order business. They supplied uniforms for South Australian Military Forces from around 1877 through to 1901. They also supplied uniforms for Station Masters, for Cadet Corps and for the police. In 1906 when they opened a new store of “excellent design” in Gisbourne, New Zealand. The business continued in family hands until approximately 1920.