Now for some of my favourites, although I wish I knew more about this company. I’ve some of the puzzle worked out from the National Archives http://www.naa.gov.au
Reginald Charles Norris applied for registration of designs for buttons, dress accessories and for brooches from 1941 to 1949. In 1946-7 the company was described as a ‘fancy jewellery warehouse’.
Under the name Rex Charles Norris he applied for registration of designs for buttons and fancy buttons in 1950 (the name Rex is a diminutive version of Reginald). According to the Rex Agencies web page, Rex Buttons began in Victoria in 1950. Over the decades they grew to be the “second largest button and buckle maker in Australia”, presumably behind Beutron.
Who was Rex C. Norris?
A Reginald (Rex) Nathan Charles Wylie Norris was born in 1903 in Castlemaine, Victoria. In 1925 he is listed in the electoral rolls as living in Prahran employed as a labourer. In 1928 he, and his now wife Jeanie, are living in Toorak, and he is now a railway employee. In 1930 he has moved to Randwick East, Sydney, as is working as a ‘speciality artist’. By 1936 he is a manufacturer, and by 1943 a company director. On a passenger list of the ship ‘Strathnaver’ leaving London for Sydney are listed Reginald Charles, DOB 19 July 1903, Importer, and his wife Jeanie and daughter Diana. He is last listed in the electoral rolls as a merchant in 1963. So how did a labourer and railway employee come to be a designer, company director and importer?
Rex C. Norris Pty. Ltd. became Rex-Norris Trading Pty.Ltd., then Rex Agencies (Australia), then Selit-Rex Australia, run by Jeffrey Charles Bird. Mr Bird died in 2012.