From the Pacific Islands Monthly, 19th June 1931.
Wyben Pearling Company
Mention of this firm was made in 1907, however, it wasn’t registered until 1912. One of the directors, was James Burns of Burns Philp, who would later start the above described enterprise, the “Australian Pearlbutton Manufacturing Co. Ltd.” The form was a successful one, and operated until at least 1943.
The government protect for this fledgling industry was unpopular with the clothing industry.
For a Burns Philp see http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/distributers-wholesalers-importers/#Burns_Philp_Co_Ltd
See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burns_Philp
For more on the pearl shell button industry, see http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/pearl-shell-button-industry/
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