11th April 2020

New Manufacturers.

Australite Button Manufacturing Co:

Dun’s Gazette 1918. Nothing else appears about this company except a reference that it was to make composition buttons. I guess it failed quickly.

The Lightning Button Company:

This company made covered buttons. It expanded into pleating and then clothing manufacturing.

In 1918 the company was registered by Elizabeth Viola Marduel. She was divorcing her husband and may have needed to support herself.

Dun’s Gazette Feb 1918.

It changed ownership in May 1920, but only several months later the owners dissolved their partnership, with Salae George Saleh continuing as sole proprietor.

Government Gazette of NSW, 10th September 1920

In 1928 the firm became the Lightning Button and Pleating Company Ltd, and by 1937 it was a propriety limited company.

The Land, 3rd August 1928.

It found work during WW2 making khaki clothing for the Government, and in 1943 opened a clothing factory in Kiama.

Kiama Independant & Shoalhaven Advertiser, 12th february 1944.

In 1950 Cladders Limited, a clothing company, bought shares in the company, so that it became a subsidiary of Cladders. The company was deregistered in 1992.

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