3rd November 2020

Post Office Uniform Buttons

The Post Master General’s Department was established in 1902 to amalgamate the various colonial postal services. These Post Office Victoria buttons date up to the year of Queen Victoria’s death in 1901.

Backmark: Firmin & Sons London

Backmark: Firmin & Sons London









This button, by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne is marked General Post Office. It dates from 1894-1901. The General Post Office is located on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets, although it was leased to developers in 2001. The first permanent post office building on the site dates from 1841 with the current grand building built from 1861-67, with extensions in 1887 and 1906-7.

The Australiasian (Melbourne), 9th March 1889 page 12.

The Australian News for Home Readers (Vic), 23rd February 1866 page 9.

The Australasian (Melbourne), 7th May 1898 page 29. Suburban mailmen.

Weekly Times 16th September 1905 page 16. Mail sorting room