6th December 2019

Livery Button:

No, I’m not confused. I have an Australian made livery button! It is for the Marquess of Lansdowne by Stokes and Sons.

The full Coat of Arms of the Marquess of Lansdowne (from Wikipedia)

The Title has been held by the head of the Petty-Fitzmaurice family since 1784. In 1956 the eighth Marquess (George John Charles Mercer-Nairne Petty-Fitzmaurice, 1912- 1999) and the Marchioness of Lansdowne were among visiting dignitaries from the United Kingdom branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, in Australia for the Centenary of responsible governments in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. They arrived in Sydney on the 11th November, afterwards visiting Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart in turn. Either the Marquess ordered some buttons from local maker Stokes whilst he was here, or else Stokes had produced them as a gift.

From the Argus, 22nd November 1956: The Machioness and Marquis at a State dinner in Melbourne. This was during the Olympic Games being held in Melbourne that year.


The 8th Marquess, soldier and politician.

See https://www.bowood.org/bowood-house-gardens/bowood-house/family-history/

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