20th May 2016

Carol has been checking out her rare uniform buttons and giving me a bad case of envy.  Here are some of her collection.

NSW mounted Rifles 1892-1901 motto "TOUJOURS PRET" Always Ready. Backmark: C.Anderson Sydney.

NSW mounted Rifles 1892-1901 motto “TOUJOURS PRET” Always Ready. Backmark: C.Anderson Sydney.

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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;

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She also has buttons marked STOKES & SONS SYDNEY.  Yes,  Stokes were a Melbourne firm,  but they had a branch in Sydney!   They are listed in the Sands Directory from 1901 to 1912 at least.Screen shot 2016-05-19 at 9.46.44 PM

 

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Postal services became Commonwealth at Federation.

Postal services became Commonwealth at Federation.

From South Australia:

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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.

see: http://www.auspostalhistory.com/articles/1902.php

Published in The Advertiser (Adelaide) on the 24th September 1860

Published in The Advertiser (Adelaide) on the 24th September 1860 The brothers Geprge and William Shierlaw started their partnership at this time. The name was changed to Shierlaw & Co. on the death of George in 1890. The family came from Scotland.

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