Carol has sent me a nice selection of steamship buttons including one with a new tailor’s name. More will be shared tomorrow.
Australasian United Steam Navigation Company: 1889-1961
H. F. Axon, Brisbane
Herbert Fisher Axon came to Australia as a young man in 1885. From around 1888 he traded as a hatter, mercer and hosier at 156 Queen Street, Brisbane, moving in 1892 to larger premises. His shop was the first to have lighted windows in Brisbane, which is sweet as his son, Sir Albert Edwin Axon became a prominent electrical engineer involved in setting up Queensland’s State Electricity Commission in 1936.
From 1892 he served as the the secretary of the Brisbane Gymnasium, where amateur boxing was conducted, and was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Sydney. Maybe it was this link with sailing that saw him supply shipping buttons, or possibly uniforms. In 1933 he retired, with his remaining stock being sold by Allan & Stark. He died in April 1942, aged 82 years.