Wyeth, Besemeres & Co.

This company opened in 1921 to make metal buttons molds for the making of covered buttons.

Published in Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (Sydney) on 13th April 1921

Published in Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (Sydney) on 13th April 1921.

In 1924 a fire destroyed the single story factory in  Little Street,  Middle Park,  Melbourne.  The company were  described as manufactures of buttons and bottle-seals,  and had a workforce of about 50 ” men and girls”.  The fire was caused by an explosion of gas in a seal-making machine and caused an estimated  £10,000 damage.

Published in The Argus (Melbourne) on 30th May 1924

Published in The Argus (Melbourne), on 30th May 1924.

But worse was yet to come…. In 1927 Calvert William Wyeth,  aged 30,  petitioned for divorce of his wife,  Dorothy.  She was secretary to the company.  While Mr Wyeth was in America on business,  his wife had become too friendly with Basil Besmeres,  who was the married  director and salesman for the company,  as well as one of Wyeth’s closest friends. 

Calvert Wyeth had served in WW1.  He remarried in 1928 and from around 1938 was operating a private hotel in Inverloch,  Victoria.  He was nominated for the Victorian Parliment in 1940 and died in 1983.

At the time of the divorce, Basil Besmeres had already moved  to Sydney, becoming an indent merchant,  then a factory representative then company manager.  He was born in Ballarat and like Calvert,  had served in WW1.  He married Dorothy in 1930 but would later marry again.  He died in Sydney in 1976.