21st September 2020

S. J. Woods, Melbourne

Thanks to Andrew Casey,

Samuel James Woods was a tailor who arrived in Adelaide in 1888, then moved to Melbourne in 1891. From around 1891- 1922 he worked in the Australian Buildings at 44 Elizabeth Street. He traveled to the country, servicing places such as Wagga, Cobrum, Numurkah and Benalla.

Postcard of Elizabeth Street printed in Germany. The Australia Building is multistorey red brick with white stripes on the left.

Champion, 5th September 1896 page 11.


From 1905-1922 he formed a partnership with William Peter Manson (1871-1941). After the partnership finished, he again traded under the name S. J. Woods, moving to Collins Street.

See the entry for W. P. Manson & Co, Melbourne on the tailoring pages.

The Argus, 4th October1922 page 10.

The button therefore either dates from 1891-1905 or 1922 to around 1931. (He was still advertising in 1931.) He died in 1943.

Celebrity note: The home where Gough Whitlam  was born in 1916 was sold by the Whitlams to Samuel Woods and his wife in 1917.

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