9th October 2017

New tailor’s button:

W. Morrow; Port Pirie

William Morrow was born in Bairnsdale, Victoria in 1872.  He became a tailor in Port Pirie

from 1891-1915, when he became a member of the South Australian Parliament until his

death in 1934.  He had been a local councillor and mayor in Port Pirie,  and was prominent

in the South Australian Churches of Christ.

The Advertiser (Adelaide) 10th May 1898.

Photo used in the election campaign in 1914.


8th October 2017

Here’s some vintage cartoons and jokes.

The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA) 20th May 1931.

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 31st March 1934.

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 27th May 1939.

The Argus 29th August 1952.

The Beverley Times (WA) 26th September 1957.

7th October 2017

I received a new A.J. Parkes railways button and decided to re-photograph all my buttons from this maker. The company has been producing button, badges and medals in Brisbane since 1896.

Top row, L to R: Queensland Railways QV crown, Queensland railways King’s crown, NSW  Tramways King’s crown, NSW Railways George VI cypher.

Bottom row L to R: Australian Military Forces King’s crown, plastic Scouts, Post Master general’s Department King’s crown.

6th October 2017

It’s a cross between a treasure hunt and a lucky dip to trawl through the contents of a box of buttons!  Here’s the Australian finds from a box I just received:

Coronets on the card plus the blue pair next to it.  Loose Beutron and Beauclaire buttons,  including a couple of metal-coated plastics.  Down the bottom…a little piggy charm! Does anyone collect pigs?  Let me know and it’s yours!00

29th September 2017

Lastest finds (thanks to Robyn):

The Embassy cards show that the same style could be produced for years. The Coronet button and koala are featured below.

Whilst using a  flash shows up the detail, it made the button appear silver.











Have you noticed how many times the Ducks appeared over the decades?  Possibly the earliest was the Rex version circa 1949, then the Beauclaire “Tiny Tots” circa 1954.

Please note that the ‘Tiny Tots’ card is a reproduction my husband photo-shopped for me. The original cards had one colour only sewn upon them.




26th September 2017

For the first time in over a year I revisited my husband’s long-gone grandmother’s buttons and sewing items.  I didn’t realist there were some tailor’s buttons amongst them.  (It was Daisy’s buttons that started me asking questions about buttons and lead me to the Victorian Button Collector’s Club.)  Daisy and her husband Richard Glover lived in Brighton and had a business in Bridport Street,  South Melbourne.

C. A. Jago,  South Melbourne:

Charles Arthur Jago (1893-1955),  in partnership with his uncle,  Holmes Gillman Jago,  were merchant tailors in Bank Street.  His uncle retired in 1927.

Published in the Record, 4th September 1908.

Possible original premises in Bank Street.

189 Bank Street, the advertised new premises.

W. Beckefeld, Albert Park:

From 1921 until circa 1933,  the premises of William Frederick Beckefeld’s tailoring business was only several shops down from Glover’s hardware store in Bridport Street.  How convenient!

Also from her sewing kit, some cotton reels and linen thread.

One of the Embassy cottons is labelled ‘British Made’,  but the other ‘Made in Australia’.

I thought  J.Dewhurst & Sons, Skipton were Australian,  but this advert shows they were British.

Australian Women’s Weekly, 1939.

Detail from Coles advertisement in January 1939 in many newspapers.

James Miller & Co. Pty. Ltd. were rope,  twine,  & mat manufacturers located in Yarraville, then later Brunswick and Warragul.  The company was founded in 1868 by James Miller and grew into the largest rope,  thread and twine makers in the country.  It was liquidated in 1978.

25th September 2017

Recently Carol shared with me a Kitchener button she had found.  Soon after I also came across another one:







Carol’s looks more modern:







A piece on Kitchener can be found on the Federation to WW2 page.

Update:Carol tells me that the tilted “Lazy Anchor” dates my button from around WW1. the anchor is upright in WW2 era buttons.  Carol’s button may be a South Australian one.