New Tailor’s Buttons
Gray Bros, Melbourne
Gray Brothers, William (1837-1887), John (1833-1896) and Samuel (1833-1909), were merchant tailors of Latrobe Street, Melbourne, from around 1871. Sadly, on the 18th March 1887, William Gray, senior partner and also Councillor for the Collingwood City, had committed suicide by jumping into the Yarra River.
Samuel continued tailoring alone in Latrobe Street until around 1902.
Possible Matthew Flinders Bicentennial Button
This company has been operating near Adelaide from 1966 as Allan J. Olson Pty. Ltd. making badges, medallions, name bars and uniform buttons. Allan Olson started as an apprentice in 1936 with S. Schlank & Co., working with them until 1965 then starting his own business. In 1971 he bought the former Schlank plant, equipment (including many old dies) and their factory located in Forrestville, South Australia.
In 1802 Matthew Flinders “discovered” South Australia (how very Eurocentric) during his circumnavigation of the continent. I presume this button was made to celebrate his achievement.
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