Sir Kenneth George Luke (1896-1971) was a successful businessman and V.F.L. football administrator. He had been an apprentice of Stokes & Sons P/L from 1910, leaving the company in 1921.
He became a partner in a metal-spinning and silverware business in Carlton in 1921, becoming the owner by 1925. It would become a successful silverware and military accoutrement firm, also making hospital equipment.
In 1930 it was listed as K. G. Luke Pty. Ltd. then in 1953 became K. G. Luke (A/Asia) Ltd. The name changed to Luke Ltd. in 1976 and was taken over by National Consolidated Ltd. in 1983.
The company is first listed as making buttons in 1934. From 1935 -1945 K. G. Luke made brass, copper, oxidised and white metal buttons for military needs, as well as brooches, badges, buckles, identity disks and heated food trolleys.
In 1976 KG Luke Group Industries changed its name to Luke Limited. This was taken over by National Consolidated Limited in 1983.
The button below is interesting: After the battle for Guadalcanal the First Marine Division came to Australia to be rested, particularly in Melbourne. They required warmer clothes for winter and so the ‘Australian Battle Jacket’ was made for them in 1943. It was referred to as the Vandegrift jacket.
The AMF button below is a puzzle. The company changed its name to K. G. Luke (A/Asia) Ltd in May 1953, and yet the button features a “Kings Crown”. As King George VI died on the 6th February 1952, this crown should not have been used, although Elizabeth was not crowned until 2nd June 1953. I wonder if the button was made in 1953 but not issued?
There is a dot for the location of the ACT
A Nauru flag cuff-link.