19th March 2017

I continue with my series on tailor’s buttons.

The Mutual Store,  Melbourne

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The Mutual Store Limited was Melbourne’s first department store, established in 1872.  A fire destroyed the original building in 1891,  but was rebuilt successfully.

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The second building.

The department store traded until 1965.  It was used for the Council of Adult Education for many years, and then converted into apartments.

Gilbert A. Parker, Melbourne

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Gilbert Alexander Parker was born in 1897 in Bunbury,  West Australia.  His family moved to Melbourne after the death of his father.  He started work as a tailor’s cutter,  progressed to tailor and then manager.  In 1929 to 1931 he advertised for sewers and machinists to work at 152 Elizabeth Street,  4th Floor.

The Age, 15th November 1929.

The Age, 15th November 1929.

W. G. Scates, Swanston St. Melbourne

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William Gardiner Scates was born in Ballarat East in 1892.  He became a tailor with outlets in Swanston Street and also Footscray.  He died in 1973.

Werribee Shire Banner, 1st February 1934. What pray-tell, is a practical tailor?

Werribee Shire Banner, 1st February 1934.  What pray-tell,  is a practical tailor?

 

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