21st November 2017

New tailor’s buttons from Helen’s collection:

J. J. Scotchmer, Lismore:

John James Scotchmer was born in England in 1854.  He moved to New South Wales and started tailoring, first in Milton in 1880,  then in Nowra from 1883,  and then at Woodlark Street,  Lismore from 1907.  From 1922 his son Randolph Charles Scotchmer (who had worked with Hooper and Harrison) joined him,  so the business became J. J. Scotchmer and Son.

From the The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser 7th March 1891:  J.J.Scotchmer’s tailoring establishment in Nowra.

Northern Star, 17th Jul 1907.

Palmer’s: Sydney


The Sydney Morning Herald, 29th May 1931




Palmers (F. J. Palmers and Son’s Ltd) was a menswear department store selling “Everything for Mankind and The Boy”. The photo below, from the 1930s in the NSW State Library collection, shows the store close to Murdoch’s.

Frederick John Palmer was born in 1854 in Bristol,  England.  He started as a hat manufacturer in Sydney in 1880,  then expanded into tailoring and mercery.  His son Ernest Albert Palmer would run the Haymarket branch of their business.  He died suddenly after a short illness in 1920, at the age of 63 years.

Frederick John Palmer

Ernest Albert Palmer


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