15th February 2021

Tailors buttons

R. H. Blanks, Jamestown

Mr Richard Henry Blanks, “an experienced practical tailor” moved around rural South Australia. In 1895 He commenced business at Gladstone.

By 1897 he commenced business in Quorn. In 1902 he moved to larger premises due to the success of his business.

Quorn Mercury (SA), 16th May 1902 page 1.


In 1907 he moved again, this time to Railway Town, part of Broken Hill, now known as “R. H. Blanks & Co., Art Tailors”. In 1912 his shop was gutted by fire. This seems to have prompted his move to Semaphore. He stopped advertising in 1925, and moved to Woodville where he lived until his death in May,1930, aged 55 years. It appears he had suffered from ill health, probably necessitating his early retirement.

The Mail (Adelaide), 31st May 1930 page 1.

Strangely enough, I can find no mention of him in Jamestown, but it is only 30 km from Gladstone, so the button may date from that time (1895-97).


Donaldson & Co, Adelaide

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