12th February 2018

Continuing with the theme of war time buttons:  The photo below from The Mercury (Hobart) newspaper on 6th June 1941 was titled “For Hitler”.

The description reads: “Button and Shells are made under the same roof in a Melbourne factory now filling war orders. The buttons are for uniforms, the shells also will be put to good use. The picture shows shell workmen handling some of their products.”

In both world wars many people found work producing military requirements, but imagine being employed just to sew on buttons!

The Sydney Morning Herald, 1st February 1919.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 29th October 1941.

c.1944 Australian War Memorial collection: A woman operates a sewing machine to sew on Army overcoats at the Commonwealth Clothing factory.


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