Here are some mysterious buttons and button makers. Please contact me if you know more.
What was the material used, and who were the firm that made them?
They may have been sold on Beauclaire cards:
The colour underneath differs to that on top. I scratched at the coloured surface on one button; the colour came off to reveal a hard white material underneath.
The crimson example looks like the button at the far left in the newspaper article. Although General Plastics Ltd did not have a factory in Victoria, they did have, at least from 1948 -1956, a warehouse in Flinders Street, and then Flinders Lane. They may well have sourced buttons from other manufacturers. It would still be interesting to find out who the Melbourne firm was.
Australian Made, by whom?
Are these Australian products?
The cards look like Beauclaire cards. Dating from approx 1966.
Some glass buttons with an Australian feel:
Please contact me if you know who the manufacturer is/was. They may have come from Queensland, but that is not confirmed.
Unknown Uniform Buttons
Who made this Qantas button?
Google “pursuit of excellence” and you come up with school mottos, sports psychology, books, TV shows and even a music score. There are also awards associated with Rotary, the National Funeral Directors Association and schools and sporting clubs! Does anyone wish to claim this button?
Possibly the West Australian Patriotic League.
This league existed from 1914 to ? 1918 to centralise the raising of war funds. Many people felt there were simply too many funds, especially for areas that were not wealthy.
Unknown Queensland button
It has the Queensland Coat of Arms, but with the wrong supporters; i.e. the animals are the kangaroo and emu as on the Australian Coat of Arms, not the red deer and brolga as they should be. I contacted the Brisbane Government House, but it is not theirs. Is it in error?