Australian Button History

The following information was uncovered in large part in Trove,  the free online service of the National Library of Australia.  I thoroughly recommend it as a great resource.  It contains scans of many historical newspapers and more is being uploaded all the time. Check it out.

Many manufacturers who made buttons also made buckles,  often to match.  Therefore,  photos of buckles from these companies have been included.  Please contribute to this site with stories,  information and photos of your own relating to Australian and New Zealand buttons.

Note:  The subject of military/livery/uniform buttons is a study in its own right.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive look at this particular subject,  rather just to highlight any Australian manufacturers.  Please refer to specialty books/websites/clubs for more information on this  sub-topic.  See also ‘Buttons in the News” page.


The national Coat of Arms on a uniform button of staff of the Government House, Hobart.