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10th May 2021

73rd Regiment of Foot

The coatee below is described as from c.1815.  This regiment took over from the notorious Rum Corps (NSW Regiment) in 1810, and served in Tasmania and NSW until 1814.

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 2nd July 1809. The NSW Corps was not to be renamed the 102nd until it was sent home.

Major-General Lachlan Macquarie arrived in 1810 after the New South Wales Corps had deposed Governor Bligh in Australia’s only military coup. Bligh had been kept under house arrest since the coup in January 1808 until he was shipped back, supposedly to England, a year later. However, he sailed to Van Diemen’s Land and tried to gain support , spending another year moored aboard his ship in the mouth of the River Derwent. He finally sailed back to Sydney in January 1810 then on to England, not arriving until October 1810. The news of his detour to Tasmania had obviously not reached Britain.

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 31st December 1809 page 1.

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9th May 2021

New Finds

I’m not a fan of the method of attaching button and buckles to store cards by stapling instead of sewing. Whilst probably more efficient (less manual handling), it didn’t always produce a neat finish, as the cards below show. On some older examples, rusting of the staples can ruin an otherwise nice vintage item.

These are from the late 1960-early 1970s. I have had to replace some of the staples with cotton.

Below is a nice little collection of variations of a 1950s Beauclaire button style.

From Carol:

Originally a 1950s Beauclaire (Tiny Tots) design, it has been reused many times over the following decades.

7th May 2021

Busy Fingers: A knitting/crochet booklet from c.1954

Early 1950s Walkers’ buckles.

Thanks to Pat, new Disney buttons on a reproduction card: They are backmarked ©Disney and Boutons Koucher, a manufacturing firm in Lavans-lès-Saint-Claude ​, Bourgogne, France since 1955. And a knitted tie for your “Man About Town”!

1950s Woolworth’s Moonglow button and 1940s ‘Latest fashion’ buttons, probably made by O. C. Rheuben.
Love the model’s pose.

The Daily news (Perth), 23 Sep 1943 page 6. This advert dates the Latest Fashion buttons.

c.1957 Leda-Beauclaire buttons. Another great pose,and oh, the pointy brassiere!


6th May 2021

Victorian Volunteers’ uniform

Libraries Australia ID 49334296 The buttons may be that shown on page 14 of Cossum.

According to Trove, this studio photo from the Victorian State Library collection shows a Victorian Volunteers’ uniform worn for the first time at Sir Charles Hotham’s funeral. Unfortunately, it does not state which volunteer group. According to a report of the funeral (see below), there were in the procession members of the Victoria Volunteer Artillery Regiment and the Yeomanry Cavalry. It looks closer to that of the Collingwood Company of the Royal Victorian Artillery ( than the Yeomenry (, so I guess it is of the Artillery. If so, the hat later gained a plume.

Stae Library Vic, image #H17031. Royal Victorian Volunteer Artillery, c 1866.

The Age, 5th January 1856, page 2.

5th May 2021

Colonel Donald Charles Cameron

Donald was born in Brisbane in 1879. In 1901, returning from serving with American infantry in the Boxer rebellion, he joined the 6th (Queensland Imperial Bushmen) Contingent to serve as a lieutenant in the Boer War, returning in 1902.

c.1902 The buttons are a Queen Victoria VR style button. In Cossum they are shown  on page 23 as pre-1886 Queensland Volunteers buttons. Perhaps not all uniforms supplied for the Boer Wars had the S. African contingents button, also on that page. Often the needs of war out strip supply!


4th May 2021

From 1939:

The Telegraph (Brisbane), 2nd December 1939 page 4.

Contemporary copper oxidised and white metal AMF buttons.


From 1941-2:

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 18th October 1941 page 1.

The Courier-Mail(Brisbane), 9th March 1942 page 3.

The A.W.A.S. was inaugurated in August 1941 after the success of the Women’s Australian National Service (W.A.N.S.) from 1940. They were demobilised by June 30th, 1947.  Some who had served with the A.W.A.S. would later enlist in the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps (W.R.A.A.C.S.) formed in 1951. See

Australian War Memorial collection. AWAS private in uniform.

2nd May 2021

 Historical tid-bits

The World News (Sydney), 21st August 1920 page 10.

Northern Standard (Darwin), 5th December 1939 page 9.

On 12th March 1954 The Argus newspaper (Melbourne) reported the first training camp of the RAANC-CMF, i.e. the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps volunteer corps. They had new uniform buttons …


1st May 2021

Another colonial button to look out for …

Adelaide Times, 19th July 1855 page 3.

Trinity House was incorporated in the UK in 1514 to promote the safety of shipping and welfare of seamen. A Trinity Board, named after this, was established in Port Adelaide in 1851. It controlled pilotage, lighthouses, bouys, beacons, wharves and port improvements. In 1860 it was combined with other marine authorities to become the Marine Board.