18th February 2021

Tailors’ buttons

W. Mayger, Broken Hill

 Mr William Frederick Mayger worked as a tailor in Broken Hill from 1898. In 1906 he bought the business of Mr C. Painton. He retired to Sydney in 1933 and died in 1936, and was remembered as a keen member of the Druid’s Order, the Mason’s Lodge and the Friendly Society.

Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), 22nd July 1908 page 6.


G. W. Dinsmore, Albury

The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW), 23rd February 1893 page 4.

George Wesley Dinsmore opened his tailoring shop in 1882. He was still in business around 1920, and died some time before 1936.


M. Justine, Albury

The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW), 5th August 1899 page 331.

Mr Mathew Justice (1830-1898) was already working as a tailor in Dean Street, Albury from around 1860. In 1897 a fire badly damaged his two-story building. He died of a stroke in 1898, being described as “one of the oldest residents of the Albury district.” He had “imported all his own goods, (had) two large workshops and retained twelve hands, but employ(ed) no female labour.” Two of his sons, Alex ( 1863-1920) and Harry (1870-1907), were also tailors.

The Border Morning Mail and Riverina Times (Albury), 21st December 1907 page 6. Bright’s disease is an old term for kidney disease.