Carol F. has kindly sent me a new button photo for the collection.
Charles Roper Martin (1833-1910) arrived in Melbourne in 1852 on the same ship as my husband’s great-grandfather. In 1885 he established an importing business in Flinders Lane, particularly gold and silver lace. He was a pioneer of the Melbourne Cavalry Troop, and rose to the rank of Commanding officer, retiring with the rank of Major. His interest in military matters extended to manufacturing of military trappings. The button above shows a Queen Victoria crown, and was produced for the Queensland Railways, so he was also producing government uniform buttons.