13th August 2022

Prison Department WA

No backmark.

According to the State records Office of WA, a “Gaols Department” appears to be a sub-department of the Colonial Secretary’s Office by 1890.  However, it dated as early as 1883.

The Daily News (Perth), 6th September 1883, page 3

In 1947 the Gaol Department was renamed the Prisons Department.  The above button presumably dates from around 1890- 1901 due to the use of the “Queen Victoria  crown”.

Australian National Airlines


A.N. A. uniform buttons in 17 and 24mm diametres. Although the front design remains the same, the backmarks show (at least) 3 variations; Stokes & Sons Melbourne, Stokes & Sons (with holes), Stokes Vic.

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