K.G. Luke Pty Ltd:
Sir Kenneth George Luke (1896-1971) was a successful business man and VFL football administrator. He became a partner in a metal-spinning and silverware business in Carlton in 1921, becoming the owner by 1925. It would become a successful silverware and military accoutrement firm and also made hospital equipment. In 1953 it was floated as a public company. The name changed to Luke Ltd in 1976 and was taken over by National Consolidated Ltd in 1983.
From 1935 -1945 K. G. Luke made brass, copper, oxidised and white metal buttons for military needs, as well as brooches, badges, buckles and identity disks, as well as heated food trolleys. The button below is interesting: After the battle for Guadalcanal the First Marine Division came to Australia for a retrofit and the ‘Australian Battle Jacket’ was made for them in 1943. It was referred to as the Vandegrift jacket. This style of button is known as a ‘Great Seal button’, and has been made by many different firms for the U.S. army since 1902.