8th August 2020

Tailors’ buttons

W.J. Jackson, Bendigo

Button dates ?1892-1895 or 1899-1911.









William Jabez Jackson was born in Chester, England, and  came to Castlemaine with his family in 1857. He worked as a tailor in Castlemaine and Bendigo, before retiring from business and moving to Melbourne for a few years. Perhaps life in Melbourne didn’t suit him, as he returned to Bendigo in 1892 and opened a new tailoring store in Hargreaves Street. From 1895-1899 he was in partnership with one of his sons, as W. J. Jackson & Son, then continued on his own.

Bendigo Advertiser, 28th August 1905 page 7.

He died in 1911, aged only 60 years of heart failure, with Mr Robert C George buying his business.


Wilkins & Jones, Bendigo

Wilkins and Jones operated the ‘Busy Bee’ tailoring and mercery from 1899 through to 1915 when James Berryman Wilkins bought out his partner’s share. Wilkins died in 1937, aged 74 years.  John James Jones died 2 years later, aged 79 years.

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