R. Little, Melbourne
Richard Little (1824-1899) born in Ireland and late of London, arrived in Melbourne in 1850. At first he was in partnership with his father William as W. & R. Little. In February 1854 William left the partnership to operate on his own whilst Richard and his brother John continued together. I wonder if this was an amicable split?
From 1859 he traded only under his own name (as on the button), then from 1884 as ‘R. Little & Co.’ In August 1899, it was reported that, after he had been missing for some days, his hat was found floating in the Yarra River. A couple of weeks later, his body was found. Some time after his death, the firm became known simply as Little & Co. They continued until 1918.
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