28th January 2022

Pat’s New Finds

Coronet were distributors from the 1930s; they became Roger Berry in the 1940s. See http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/distributers-wholesalers-importers/#Coronet

 

It is possible that Coronet/Roger Berry distributed these Walt Disney buttons in Australia. Most example turn up here, and the card is a similar size and colour. See also http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/disney-buttons/

Woolworths and Coles buttons from the 1950-60s. See

http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/woolworths-limited-1924-ongoing/

http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/g-j-coles-embassy-brand-1929-1994/

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27th January 2022

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Colony of Western Australia, Volunteers.

Pinjarra Mounted Rifle Volunteers: 1862-1882

This uniform, a replica of the 6th Dragoons, sported cloth covered buttons. They started in 1862 with 18 men, and peaked at around 88 in 1873. After dropping to a strength of only 26 in 1882, the corps was disbanded.

WA Museum Collection item H2004.49: Jacket of the Pinjarra Mounted Volunteers.

Western Australian Troop of Volunteer Horse Artillery: 1870-1882

Originally called the Union troop of WA Mounted Volunteers and raised to form escorts for the Governor, it was renamed and repurposed in 1872. This uniform also sported cloth covered buttons. It became the Perth Volunteer Artillery in 1882.

State Library WA image # 021330PD: Lieutenant Haynes c.1879.

Perth Mounted Rifle Volunteers: 1894-97

Thanks to Colin Hornshaw.

The button shown on Cossum page 29 is very handsome, showing a mounted soldier with the name ‘Perth Mounted Rifles’ in a band around the circumference. The number enlisted dropped quickly from 44 down to 24 in the first 2.5 years. It was disbanded in 1897.

The West Australian (Perth), 11th May 1894 page 4.

The Daily News(Perth), 18th May 1894 page 2.

http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/17th-april-2021/

26th January 2022

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Colony of Western Australia, Volunteers.

Albany Rifle Volunteers 1878- 1885

The button on Cossum page 28 has the initials ‘ARV’ in very ornate gothic script surmounted by the QV crown.

The Western Australian Times (Perth), 14th march 1879 page 2.

In 1884 only 28 out of a possible 54 men presented for inspection by an unimpressed Colonel Angelo. On March 31st 1884 they disbanded.

 

Albany Defence Rifles

Thanks to Noble Numismatics: Albany Defence Rifles 1885-1888.

 

Western Mail (Perth), 17th August 1950 page 17.

The Herald (Fremantle), 23rd May 1885 page 2.

This unit was raised in 1885 very shortly (approx 5 weeks) after the Albany Rifle Volunteers was disbanded. It started with 73 men all ranks but quickly dwindled. In  May 1888 it was disbanded, re-raised and renamed on the same day, which must have left everyone dizzy!

The West Australian (Perth), 4th May 1888 page 3.

The Albany Mail and King George’s Sound Advertiser (WA), 29th December 1888 page 3.

The Plantagent Rifles continued, although it was a small force, until 1897.

25th January 2022

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Colony of Western Australia, Volunteers.

1st Infantry Volunteer Regiment: 1893-1901

This was formed from the Perth (a.k.a.Metropolitan), Guildford and Fremantle Rifle Volunteers.

From diggerhistory.
This design is described in the newspaer article from late 1893, below. The button was similar.

The West Australian (Perth), 17th November 1893 page 6.

 

Australian Army Museum of WA item AAMWA0001: The Queen’s Colour of the 1st Infantry regiment (WA Volunteer Forces), presented 1896.

http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/25th-november-2021/

 

24th January 2022

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Colony of Western Australia, Volunteers.

Fremantle Volunteer Rifles: 1861-1870 

 Badge. From diggerhistory.

In 1861 Fremantle formed one of the earliest corps in West Australia.  Due to problems caused by the small local population and poor resourcing, they disbanded in 1870.

The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth), 11th September 1861 page 2.

The Express (Fremantle), 18th March 1870 page 3.

Fremantle Rifle Volunteers 1872-1893

The button as shown on page 28 of Cossum had the initials FRV in gothic script, surmounted by the QV crown and surrounded by a laurel wreath.

The Herald (Fremantle), 5th October 1872 page 2.

Rising international tensions during 1872 lead to a new Fremantle Corps being formed. In November 1893 the Perth, Fremantle and Guilford companies were amalgamated into the 1st Infantry Volunteer Regiment, but reportedly remained separate Corps.

23rd January 2022

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Colony of Western Australia, Volunteers.

Rare button from various volunteer corps are featured in Cossum’s book, pages 27-29.

Northampton Rifle Volunteers: 1884-1899

The button for this corps featured the initials ‘NRV’ in gothic script.

Although there was interest from 1881, funds were not made available for this corps until 1884, as a detachment of the Geralton Corps although it had its own title. While it started with a strength of 40 men, when it was finally disbanded in 1899 due to ‘general inefficiency’ it was clear that many of those on the rolls were no longer attending and there were no new recruits coming forward.

The Daily News (Perth), 27th June 1884 page 3.

I have not found an image of the Northampton Volunteers, but here are some of the Geraldton Volunteers (1876- 1897) of which they were a subsidiary.

State Library WA image : Helmet belonging to Lieutenant F. Wittenoom of the Geraldton Rifle Volunteers.

Close up of badge. Like the button in Cossum of the Guildford Rifle Volunteers, it shows only the lettering GRV. Could the button on Cossum page 27 be for the Geraldton uniform rather than the Guildford?

State Library WA

The West Australian (Perth), 20th October 1953 page 2. I am following up on this intriguing lead.

22nd January 2022

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Colony of Western Australia, Volunteers.

Rare button from various volunteer corps are featured in Cossum’s book, pages 27-29.

York Rifle Volunteers 1878-1899

Western Mail (Perth), 24th October 1929 page 6.

The button features the QV crown with the name ‘York Rifle Volunteers’ and a 5-point star in a border around the circumference. The uniform’s scarlet tunic had black facings with black initials upon the shoulder stays.

As with other volunteer groups, initial interest in 1861 did not result in a local corps until 1878 (lack of funds,personnel, etc). In 1878 the corps strength was 40 men, but soon dwindled, and was disbanded after only 8 years. it did not help that the men had not received suitable rifles for over 5 years, and had been threatened with disbanding (due to financial difficulties in the colony) in 1879.

Eastern Districts Chronicle (York, WA), 23rd November 1878 page 2.

 

The West Australian (Perth), 10th June 1881 page 3.

Eastern Districts Chronicle (York, WA), 25th September 1886 page 3.

21st January 2022

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Colony of Western Australia, Volunteers.

The West Australian (Perth), 5th January 1933 page 38.

https://www.wamdl.com.au/Colonial_Volunteer_Corps

http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-conflicts-periods/other/army_in_wa.htm

https://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog?topic_id=1113239

Rare button from various volunteer corps are featured in Cossum’s book, pages 27-29.

Guildford Rifle Volunteers: 1874-1894

The button labelled as from Guildford has only the Gothic script initials of ‘GRV’. Without knowing the providence of the button shown, it may possibly been from the Geralton Rifle Volunteers ( see post on 23rd January.)

Attempts to form a volunteer corps in Guildford started in 1861, but did not get off the ground until 1872. At its peak in 1890 it had 6 officers and 114 other ranks. In 1899, together with Perth and Fremantle, became the 1st Infantry Regiment; Guildford being the named “E” company.

The Express (Perth), 25th July 1872 page 3. The corps was officially gazetted in 1874.

The West Australian (Perth) 21st May 1885 page 3.

From Swan Guildford Historical Society. Frederick John Read (and wife) in uniform, c.1875

https://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog/1940352/the-volunteer-movement-in-western-australia-guildford-rifle-volunteers/

18th January 2022

New Finds

Beutron

The example on the left has faux stitching around the edge. this dates it from 1951-2, as in the below advertising.

The “Opal-Glo 660” card is a mistake! The buttons are not style 660. They are rather examples from around 1958 of Tecpearl buttons.

This style of ‘colour matched’ card was not used for long, only from around 1966-68. They were replaced by the style on the right until the mid 1970s.

This card, from the mid 1970s, shows a convincing ‘pretender’. Although entirely plastic, it looks like it has a woven centre!

See the G.Herring/Beutron page for more details on dating Beutron buttons.

16th January 2022

New Finds

1970-80s Target. 1965 Woolworths. 

Leda button were produced by General Plastics from 1958. They also provided buttons for Demetre in around 1964-7.

General Plastics “Modern Miss” brand, 1940s.