4th March 2018

New tailors’ button:

A,Horden & Sons, Sydney:

See the Department store page for the story of this firm. Below is a metal example of one of their buttons.

S. J. Derrett, Bellinger:

Nambucca and Bellinger News, 19th November 1915.

Samuel John Derrett was born in Queensland in 1886. His father, a chemist and optician, moved the family to Sydney around 1900. Sam went into partnership with Claude James as ‘Derrett and James’ from 1911 to 1914, when he moved with the rest of his family to Bowraville, advertising as a ‘tailor, hatter and mercer’. He moved to nearby Bellinger by 1915, although he continued to visit Bowraville professionally once a fortnight. He moved to Sydney for the years 1930-34, but perhaps he didn’t enjoy city life, as he moved back to Nambucca Heads, operating as a storekeeper until he retired around 1958. He died in Coffs Harbour in 1961.

Archer & Cottrell, Richmond:

Camberwell and Hawthorn Advertiser, 3rd Jan 1914.

From around 1911 Denis Cottrell and John Harry Archer advertised as high-class tailors in Swan Street, Richmond. Sadly, in 1912 at the age of only 26 years, Denis died in hospital. Archer continued under the name of ‘Archer & Cottrell” until 1914, then continued as ‘Archer’s’ until  around 1937, two years before his death in 1939. He had been a former treasurer and president of Richmond football club, and a life member.

A caricature of ‘Jack’ Archer in 1931.

The actual man; 1931.

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