Branded buttons: tailors’ buttons (G-L)

Here we showcase tailoring buttons, from the individual to  large emporiums.

The buttons are listed alphabetically as the names were printed onto the buttons.

 

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G. Bailey, Daylesford

George was born in Ballarat in 1859. He worked as a tailor in Daylesford from at least 1902 until 1909, perhaps even through to 1917. However, from around 1914 onwards his main employment was as the local rate collector. He died in 1942.

Advocate, 25th January 1902 page 26.

 

Geo. C. Goudie, Port Adelaide

Not only did George Cavanagh Goudie (1890-1964) take over his father’s tailoring business when he retired, the Port Adelaide Racing Club also asked him to take over from him as handicapper in 1925. His work as handicapper for about 20 racing clubs did not result in his retiring from tailoring until some time after 1934. See also P. Goudie (his Dad).

News (Adelaide), 5th January 1927 page 6.

 

 

 

 

Geo. Volk, Marybrough

George Volk was born in Victoria in 1868. His father Jakob moved around the gold fields. Sometime after 1885 they moved to Maryborough. He had a ladies and gentlemen’s tailoring business at 191 Nolan Street until he left for Melbourne in May 1918, leaving the business in his son Charles hands. He died suddenly the next year, aged only 58 years.

 

G. Griska, Preston

George Feliz Griezka was born in Austria in 1877. He  married Mary Ann Duffy in Melbourne in 1904 and was naturalised as an Australian citizen in 1905.  His name was variously spelt as Griezka, Griczka and Griska. The couple moved to Wangaratta where Mary had family, but moved back to Melbourne in 1914. George operated his tailoring concern in Preston from 1924 until at least 1949. Mary died in 1930, and George remarried in 1945. He died in 1960.

 

Gilbert A. Parker, Melbourne

Gilbert Alexander Parker was born in 1897 in Bunbury,  West Australia.  His family moved to Melbourne after the death of his father.  He started work as a tailor’s cutter,  progressed to tailor and then manager.  In 1929 to 1931 he advertised for sewers and machinists to work at 152 Elizabeth Street,  4th Floor.

The Herald, 17th April 1930 page 6. Mr Parker, and other tailors, protested against the claim tailors were profiteering.

 

G. J. Plenty & Son Coy., Hindmarsh

The Register (Adelaide), 19th September 1928 page 12. G. J. Plenty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George James Plenty (1877-1946) ran this firm from 1895. In 1928 they moved to 63 Port Road, Hindmarsh to larger premises near the Town Hall, where they were still operating from in 1936. I’m not sure which son was involved with the firm, as none were listed in directories rolls as tailors.

 

G. L. Fuller & Co.Ltd., Sydney

The Telegraph, 22nd September 1932 page 6.

George Lawrence Fuller, son of Sir George Fuller (former N.S.W. premier) listed a company of tailors and mercers in September 1932 with a Mr George Newton. Not suprisingly, they were called Newton & Fuller Limited, operating from 84 Pitt Street, Sydney. The name was changed in November 1934 to G.L.Fuller & Co.Ltd, probably to take full advantage of the upper-class value of his name. The company advertised until 1945, after which George became a member of the Stock exchange, and in 1950 joined the partnership of J.Neil and Fuller. Unfortunately, he died in 1953 at the young age of 49 years.

26th May 1938 The Bulletin page 45.

 

G. Loudon, Eaglehawk

George Loudon, a native of Stirlingshire, Scotland, arrived in Victoria in 1853.  He tried his luck on the goldfields before setting up as a tailor around 1888 in High Street, Eaglehawk. He was a local councillor, including mayor, for 27 years, and reknown as a keen and talented draughts player. He died in 1908, at the age of 75 years.

Weekly Times 11th August 1894 page 9.

 

G. Meakin, Bendigo

George Meakin was a third generation tailor. His grandfather Benjamin (1822-1909) brought the family from London to New South Wales, then to Bendigo in 1857 where he had a tailor’s shop in High Street. George’s father Reuben John (1851-1931) took over the business, then George (1876-1951), all at the same location.

 

G. Peirce, West End House Sydney

The Sydney Morning Herald, 22nd August 1865 page 7.

 

Queanbeyan Age (NSW), 15th December 1870 page 4.

George Peirce was located in the West End House, King Street from around 1865-1873. He described himself as a tailor and woollen draper.

 

G. R. Barker, Wangaratta:

G. R. Barker. The Age 15th April 1950 page 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr George Raymond Barker (1898-1970) had a store in Murphy Street, Wangaratta from around 1918. He was heavily involved in the Victorian Country Football league. He also raised prize winning poultry.

In 1932 he had the unpleasant experience of fatally hitting a man with his car. The man had stepped out from behind his parked truck as George was driving past.

 

G. Stupart, Maryborough

George Stupart. Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, 7th March 1936 page 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Stupart was born in Stirling, Scotland in 1841. He moved first to London, then to Brisbane in 1862. In partnership with Mr John Young he had drapery and grocery stores in Ipswich, Helidon and Gatton, Queensland, around 1865. They sold up and moved to Gympie in 1868 during its gold rush, then to Marysborough in 1871 and established what became known as the “Drapery Palace”.


Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, 7th March 1936 page 4

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, 16th April 1872 page 3.

Young left the business after a short while, Stupart continuing alone. The store was destroyed in a fire in 1876, but he rebuilt, only to suffer from a flood in 1893.

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, 7th March 1936 page 4

None-the-less he prospered, and in 1911 the firm became Stuparts Limited. It was by then a department store, including a furniture department. He had been very active in the community, in the chamber of commerce, the Presbyterian Church and in 1890 he was the mayor of Maryborough. When he died in July 1918., he was remembered as the “Grand Old Man of Maryborough”.  The following year Allan & Stark took a controlling interest in the firm. In 1976 it was part of the Burns Philip & Co group of companies. The company  was still in existence in 1987, however, the store in Maryborough ceased to trade as Stupard’s sometime after 1974.

 

G. T. Cooper Framlington

There was a George T. Cooper listed at Camperdown around 1889-1907. No other details have been found.

 

Guest & Glover, Melbourne

Guest and Glover were tailors from around 1930-1952, at first on the second floor, The Block, then later at 234 Collins Street.

Advocate(Melbourne),  21st June 1934, page 27.

 

G. Waldrop Pty. Ltd, Melbourne

 George was born in Collingwood in 1860 and started working as a bricklayer’s labourer when he was 13 years old but was soon apprenticed to a tailor and would become his partner. Aged 25 years, he started his own tailoring and mercers business in 1885 in Collingwood.  In 1914 it commenced business in Elizabeth Street. Mr Wardrop died in 1932. In 1935 the firm opened a modern 3 story building at 52 Elizabeth Street . The firm was taken over by Roger David Pty. Ltd. in 1977.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G. W. Dinsmore, Albury

The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW), 23rd February 1893 page 4.

George Wesley Dinsmore  opened his tailoring shop in 1882. He was still in business around 1920, and died some time before 1936.

 

G. W. Jenkins, Eaglehawk

Gilbert William Jenkins (1878-1959) had a tailoring shop in High Street, Eaglehawk from 1906 onwards.

The Bendigo Independent (Vic), 18th December 1913 page 6.

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Haigh Brothers, Melbourne

Haigh Brothers were tailors and outfitters in Collins Street from 1853 through until at least 1926. The brothers were English born  Samuel and Bradley Haig. Samuel’s son also joined the firm. Bradley returned to England by 1856, although he made trips back to Australia.

The Argus 18th June 1853 page 9.

Circa 1883.  Collins Street from Town Hall. For the full picture see https://viewer.slv.vic.gov.au/?entity=IE1132835&mode=browse

Harris & Boyd, Sydney

The Methodist, 3rd November 1923 page 14

Mr H. E. Harris and Mr Omar Arthur Boyd operated as Harris & Boyd at 313 Pitt Street, Sydney, from around 1923 until 1929. Their slogan was “For a Better Suit”. Harris went on his own, but was in liquidation by 1931. He  joined Mr H. V. Harris (presumably a relation) in the Eldon Chambers on Pitt Street in 1932-3.

The Methodist, 25th February 1933 page 19. Harris had left the partnership before this date.

Mr Boyd registered the name Harris & Boyd as a Limited company in 1936 which operated until 1975.

 

Harry Davies & Co, Ballarat

Harry Davies  (1848-1914) took over from S. Steele at 125-7 Sturt Street, Ballarat in 1882 for his drapery warehouse. His brother Frederick Gillies Davies ( 1857-1922) was his junior business partner. All the pictures below come from Weekly Times, 26th February 1898 page 7.

Harry Davies

Fred Davies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Davies junior became a director of the firm. In 1919 he and his wife died of influenza within hours of each other, leaving a one year old girl orphaned.

 

H. Brewer, North Fitzroy

Henry (Harry) Brewer, 1868-1946, was a renown champion lawn bowler. He also was a tailor and cricketer!

Cartoon in The Argus, 17th February 1940 page 14.

 

Henderson & Goodisson, Bendigo

Thomas Hope Henderson (1833-1899) and John Ralph Goodisson (1851-1907) took over the drapery and clothing business  in the “Beehive Store” in 1886. 

Mr Henderson was born in Roxburgh, Scotland, and came to Victoria in 1852, settling in Bendigo several years later. Such was the regard held for this well liked man, who had been involved in many public roles in Bendigo, that flags were flown at half mast upon his death and a full sized portrait was commisoned to be displayed in the Bendigo Art Gallery.

After his death, Goodison and members of the Henderson family continued with the store. Mr Goodisson was born in Carnow, Ireland, and came to Victoria in 1870. He retired from the business in 1903, which was continued as Henderson Bros.

The Bendigo Independant, 5th October 1907 page 6 “there is no better value than Henderson and Goodisson in Victoria.”

 

Henry Buck’s, Melbourne

Henry Buck was born in London in 1860, although he grew up in Yorkshire. In 1887 he came to New South Wales as he was suffering from tuberculosis. His health improved, he moved to Melbourne for his fiance’s sake, where he would start his men’s shirt business in Swanston Street in 1890.

He was a very successful businessman, and involved in many organisations and charities. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his work for the Red Cross during World War 1. His son-in-law, Frederick Dennett, was invited to join the firm, and became a director. Henry died in 1933 whilst in London on an extended holiday. The firm remains a family owned menswear and accessory specialist to this day.

Weekly Times, 26th May 1900 page 5.

The Herald, 15th May 1917 page 5. Henry Buck ‘Vice President of the Volunteer Motor Corps”

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/buck-henry-12824

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/buck-henry-12824

 

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.

Brisbane Courier, 26th February 1892 page 2.

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.

 

H. G. Parker, Adelaide:

Henry George Parker was born in London in 1850. He was a merchant tailor in Adelaide from around 1884, originally as Parker & Company at 666 King William Street. The firm’s name changed to H.G.Parker some time after 1915. His son, Alfred George Parker (!888-1948) had worked with his father until setting up on his own in Currie Street in 1921. Henry retired around that time.

Evening Journal (Adelaide), 8th January 1884 page 1.

State Library SA
The Imperial Hotel c.1896 on the corner of King William and Grenfell Streets. The name Parker can be seen on the awning at the left.

 

H. J. Bean, Melbourne

The Herald, 19th September 1925 page 17.

Herbert Josiah Bean was a tailor and clothier who operated from Elizabeth Street from 1913 until 1920 when the building was sold. He was later described as a merchant and an investor, and would hold the office of president of the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria from around 1930-33.

The Herald, 27th January 1916 page 5.

 

H. J. L. Worthley, Hindmarsh

News (Adelaide) 3rd July 1937 page 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hercules John Lyall Worthley (1885-1954) worked as a tailor from around 1908. He advertised a ‘tailoring club’ that you could join for 2/6 per week to get “at least one Worthley’s suit a year”. He moved to Hindmarsh in 1909. Around 1928 the business became known as ‘Worthley’s’.

It wasn’t until 1984 that ‘Worthleys Tailors Pty Ltd’ went into liquidation.

News, 16th September 1936 page 13.

 

H. Lorenz, Bendigo

The Bendigo Independent, 7th April 1900 page 4.

Henry was a tailor at 170 Mitchell Street from at least 1895 until 1936. He died in Bendigo in 1949.

 

Howes and Howes, Sydney

 

Howes and Howes opened in Pitt Street  in 1889, and started to be wound up in 1971. One of the original “Howes” was Alfred Howes; the other may have been a brother. His father, George Howes was also a tailor in Sydney from at least 1854, and was considered a father of the  trade in that city, having trained or employed many of the city’s tailors. He died in 1909 at the age of 81 years. Alfred was born in Sydney in 1864,  and died after surgery for appedicitis in 1919. In his will Alfred left the business to be run as a limited company, with his family and old employees as the founding shareholders.

The Sun, 8th June 1911 page 4.

 

Hughes & Co, Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Hughes was the owner of this establishment, which operated from Erkine Street, Sydney, from around 1894 to 1931.

The Worker (Wagga Wagga) 17th June 1899 page 1.

 

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I. & J. Roff, Ballarat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brothers Isaac (1819-1892) and Joseph (1827-1894) Roff started the firm of I. and J. Roff  in 1854. As  ‘Tailors and Colonial Manufacturers’. Under Joseph’s management, they claimed to be the oldest tailoring firm in Ballarat.  The brothers also had a ‘bill posting’ and advertising contracting business with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Ballarat. Isaac was the director of the Melbourne office in Little Flinders Street. His son (also called Joseph) would join the tailoring firm, which was still going in 1928.

The button below is mistakenly marked J. & J. Roff!

 

Ince Bros., Melbourne

Richard Ince and his brother Arthur owned this tailoring firm. Richard was born in Collingwood in 1863. Soon after the family moved to Ballarat were his father, Richard senior, was a cutter for L. S. Christie & Co, before going into partnership  as ‘Young and Ince’. The sons also worked with this  firm. Around 1887 Arthur moved to Geelong and Richard moved to Melbourne. They operated as Ince Bothers, with Richard located in Swanston Street. They would travel to country towns such as Camperdown, Kyneton and Yackandanda to take fittings for suits.

Wahalla Chronicle and Moondarra Advertiser, 23rd April 1915 page 1.

In 1901 their mother died in Ballarat. Richard senior re-married in 1903, at the age of 71 years, to a 25 year old woman in Melbourne. Having  married in the afternoon they booked into a hotel. Twenty minutes after retiring, the new bride ran to the manager for help; her husband lying dead in his bed. Oh dear!

 

Ingerson Ltd., Adelaide

 

See Syd Ingerson entry on Q-Z page.

 

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Jack Meyer, Adelaide

The Advertiser, 12th June 1929 page 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sport, 31st May 1918, page 2.

Johann (Jack) Meyer operated from 36 Grote Street, Adelaide, from 1917. He seems to have been quite the character, judging from this story published in The Mail, 19th June 1948:

The Mail, 19th June 1948 page 17.

 

Jacobs, Pizer & Co.,  Geelong

In 1935 Sam Jacobs (1852-1932) and Pizer & Co (ran by Abraham Pizer, 1879-1955) amalgamated.

Geelong Advertiser, 1st March 1929 page 6.

In 1916 (with war-time sensitivities) there were questions asked as to whether Abraham and his brother Solomon were of German or Russian origin, despite being naturalised. They were  Jews born in Pyzdry, Prussia (now Poland).

 

Jas. Coultas, Perth. W. A.

Western Mail 2nd July 1910 page 30. James Coultas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Coultas (1850-1910) “the well-known Melbourne tailor” was the brother of Southwell Coultas (mentioned previously) and had worked with him in Melbourne from around 1881-1888. He had set up on his own in Collins Street, but struggled, filing for bankruptcy in 1892. In 1896 he commenced business in Barrack Street, Perth. His health was poor and he died in 1910.

 

J. B. Gunn, Pt. Adelaide

James Benjamin Gunn (1885-1975) had a tailoring store in Divett St, Port Adelaide from 1910. James took his brother into partnership in 1914 but continued under the business name of  ‘J. B. Gunn’. He  moved to Largs Bay around 1938.

 

J. B. Leach, Melbourne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Benjamin Leach was born in Hampshire, England. He was in partnership with William D. Fetherston and Charles R. Dyson as “The Melbourne Tailoring Company” in Bourke Street, Melbourne from circa 1883. At the end of their lease, in 1894, Leach continued on his own. “Davies & Davies” succeeded Leach running The Melbourne Tailoring company in 1920. He died in 1929. His son John Benjamin jnr., was also a tailor.

The Reporter, 20th September 1907 page 1.

 

J. C. Rowe, Ballarat

John C. Rowe worked for David Moyle (see post from 12th July 2019). After Mr Moyle’s untimely death in 1916, John continued on his own until at least 1927 in Sturt Street, Ballarat.

Rainbow Argus, 17th Nov 1916 page 3.

 

J. Davies & Co., Sydney

In 1874 J. Davies took over the drapery business of the late J. Exton at 301 George Street, Sydney. In 1889 they moved to 46 Carrington Street where they remained until at least 1894. The advert below comes from the Evening News, 5th January, 1884.

Evening News (Sydney) 10th May 1884 page 3.

 

J. Dorance, Naracoorte

James was quite the gypsy. In 1896 he moved from Albury to Bunbury, West Australia. He sold his tailoring business in 1903 “due to ill health” and traveled to England to recuperate. In 1910 he was back in West Australia, tailoring in Narrogin. In 1919 he moved to Dimboola Road, Horsham, then to Narracorte about 1924 for 5 years. In 1929 he moved to Kadina in South Australia as he wished to set up a massage clinic (?He had studied this whilst overseas.) He died in 1951, aged 86 years. At least we can date this button to a 5 year period, from 1924-1929!!

 

J. E. Buchan, Bendgio

John Edward Buchan was born in Melbourne,  but moved to Ballarat as a child. He was a tailor situated at “Bath Corner”. In 1885 he partnered with Mr Jackson to form the “Gold Mines Clothing Company”. Several year later Jackson had to retire due to ill health and John continued alone. Unfortunately John contracted pneumonia and died in December of 1897, aged only forty-one years.

Bendigo Advertiser, 16th September 1885 page 3.


Bendigo Advertiser, 17th January 1888 page 3.

 

J. F. Holle and Co. Pty Ltd.,  Sydney

In 1839 two tailors, John Frederick Holle, a native of Bremen, Germany, and Henry Stone arrived in Sydney aboard the ship ‘Eurphrates’ from London with a tailor named William Mueller to work for him. As Mr Mueller died in 1841, they established a partnership.

Australasian Chronicle (Sydney) 24th August 1841 page 3.


The Sydney Morning Herald, 27th March 1860 page 8.

Holle was well acquainted with tragedy. Four children died in infancy. A 6 year old son died and an 8 year old drowned. A 26 year old son suicided and later the same year, a 27 year old son also died. John,however died in his 80th year on the 23rd February, 1889. The firm continued as J.F. Holle and Co. Pty Ltd, and went into liquidation in 1957.

 

J. F. Lewis, Sandhurst

John Francis Lewis also came to the colony around 1853, reaching Sandhurst by 1858. He went into the partnership of Henry Hoad & Co. In 1865 he continued the business alone under the name of J. T. Lewis until his early death in 1885 at the age of 54 years.

The Bendigo Advertiser, 2nd October 1865 page 1.

 

J. H. Cutler, Sydney

John Handel Cutler: With permission of the Cutler family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Handle Cutler opened a tailoring shop in Sydney in 1884. It became the tailor to Sydney’s elite, and continues today as a 4th generation family firm of bespoke tailors.

 

J. J. Keneally, Sydney


Canowindra Star and Eugowra News, 11th February 1910 page 1.

Jeremiah Joseph Keneally (1867-1955). From around 1901 until 1910 he operated from 646 George St, Bickfield Hill, then from 1911-1922 from Adam’s Chambers, 482 George Street. A fire gutted the chambers and he restarted in Daking House, Rawson Place Sydney. He retired sometime between 1937 and 1945.

 

J. J. Larkins, Daylesford

Weekly Times, 1st December 1900 page 45.

John James Larkins (1857-1919) was born in Ballarat, and was a partner in the firm of Harrison, Larkins & Co until 1885. Harrison continued in Ballarat, with Larkins working from Vincent Street, Daylesford.

 

J. J. Scotchmer, Lismore

John James Scotchmer was born in England in 1854. He moved to New South Wales and started tailoring, first in Milton in 1880, then in Nowra from 1883,  and then at Woodlark Street, Lismore from 1907. From 1922 his son Randolph Charles Scotchmer (who had worked with Hooper and Harrison) joined him, so the business became J. J. Scotchmer and Son.

The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser 7th March 1891 page 532. J.J.Scotchmer’s tailoring establishment in Nowra.


Northern Star, 17th Jul 1907 page 8.

 

J. McAnna, Adelaide

John McAnna moved to Adelaide in 1874 and set up in Rundle Street. He retired around 1915, and died in 1927, aged 84 years.

The Advertiser (Adelaide), 8th July 1927 page 15.

 

Joe Taylor, Melbourne

Known as ‘Joe Taylor, The Tailor’ operated from at least 1906 at 109 Bourke Street and 69 Swanston Street. They were successful enough to open branches in Footscray, Richmond, North Melbourne, Brunswick and Sydney. He was a master of self-promotion, and claimed ancestry to a line of notable English tailors who had dress royalty and Prime Ministers.

The Argus, 1st March 1913 page 17.

 

The Sun (Sydney) 22nd July 1917 page 10.

He made a big deal of selling bargain price (5 pound) suits of quality tweed post war, and this was part of his undoing. The price was not sustainable, and he used cheaper quality material, passing it off as the brand name product. This resulted in him being found guilty of breach of contract and fined. He was insolvent from 1922 to 1924.

 

J. Payne & Co., Ballarat

These are buttons that can be dated to a narrow era. James Payne opened took lease on a store in Sturt Street, Ballarat in 1902. He was 35 years old at that time, so had worked elsewhere, or for some other firm before then.

The Ballarat Star, 5th March 1902 page 5.

On Boxing Day of 1903 he embarked on a world tour that did not see him return to Ballarat until October 1904. In 1907 in was reported that he was well established as a wholesale woollen merchant in New Zealand.

 

J. P. Jorgenson, Marysborough

Julius Peter Jorgenson was the son of a Danish born tailor. He set up as a tailor in Maryborough, Queensland.

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser 24th August 1921 page 3.

 

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, 10 July 1936 page 10.

The Brisbane Courier, 23rd April 1927 page 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Rees, Wangaratta

Sport (Melbourne) 23rd January 1935 page 11.

James Rees (1882-1930) styled himself as “Wangaratta’s leading tailor”. He advertised from 1924. In 1935, five years after his death, his son Laurence talbot James Rees (1908-1981) changed the name to L. J. Rees.

 

J. Scovell, Footscray

In 1903 Alexander John William Scovell (a.k.a. John, 1880-1960) was engaged to manage the tailoring workroom of C. Forge in Footscray. The next year he bought this branch of the Forge business. In 1906 he joined in partnership with David Spurling to form Scovell & Spurling, which lasted until 1982. The button above thus belongs to a narrow time frame, from 1904-1906.

 

Alexander John William Scovell 1880-1960. State Library of Victoria https://viewer.slv.vic.gov.au/?entity=IE631568&mode=browse

 

J. Sinclair, Melbourne

 

James Sinclair, who died in 1908, was his father, and had started the business around 1896 in Swanston Street.  His son, Arthur James, did not change the company’s name until c.1921.

James Sinclair, who died in 1908, was his father, and had started the business around 1896 in Swanston Street.  His son, Arthur James, did not change the company’s name until c.1921.

See also Sinclair’s.

 

J. T. Hill, Bendigo

In 1853, along with so many others, James William Hill (1828-1898), a native of London and known as William, arrived in the colony and made his way to the goldfields. From 1867 until 1889 he worked as a hatter (he had been apprenticed as such in London) in Pall Mall, Bendigo. When he retired his son James Thomas (1855-1932) took over as J. T. Hill and continued as a hatter, outfitter and tailor until he retired to Melbourne in 1916.

Bendigo Advertiser, 25th February 1889 page 2.

 

J. W. Jones, Rockhampton

With many years of experience in drapery, Jospeh Wellesby Jones (1869-1931) was  the manager of Mr Charles Gilbert’s Rockhampton branch of  tailoring company, when in 1902 his boss offered him the chance to by the store located in East Street. He renovated and set up the firm of J. W. Jones Limited.

The Capricornian (Rockhampton) 16th June 1927.  J. W. Jones

Morning Bulletin (rockhampton) 27th April 1926 page 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In September 1931, Mr Jones died, aged 61 years. He had been active for many years in the local School of Arts,  a lodge member as well as a keen bowler and tennis player.In  January 1932 the firm of J. W. Jones Limited was in liquidation. The stock was sold by Kirby’s, and a new drapers set up in his former store.

 

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Keast & Co., Castlemaine

M. Keast & Co purchased the milinery and draper stock of Messrs Best & Co in Barkers Street in 1879. Only the next year they “had made other business arrangements” and so were having a clearing sale. Despite that they continued in Castlemaine until 1888. (Perhaps the other business deal fell through?)

Mt Alexander Mail, 25th April 1881 page 3.

John Buckley Keatch of the firm (I have not been able to find out who “M. Keatch” was; only his sisters and mother had names starting with ‘M’) then left Castlemaine and managed a tailoring depot in Brigport Street, Albert Park. He died there in 1906.

 

Kersley & Crawford, Sydney

Adelaide Steamship Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Buchanan Crawford (1874-1928) and Ernest Edward Kersey (1870-1945) were in partnership  as mercers and outfitters from c.1909 until 1923 when Kersey  continued trading under the name of ‘Kersey & Crawford’ alone. The firm operated from 365 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Evening News (Sydney) 19th February 1909 page 4.

 

Kewley & Millsom, Melbourne

See also W. D. Kewley

Punch. 20th November 1913.

William David Kewley and Henry Alfred Thomas Millsom were high class tailors,  ladies costume and habit makers in the Empire Arcade,  266 Flinders Street next to the Mutal Store, from around 1906 until their partnership was dissolved in 1914.  Mr Millsom moved to Queensland and later Numurak Victoria,  with Kewley continuing in Flinders Street.

 

Kinos, Melbourne

See the entry  for M. Kino

 

Kitchener & Co. Ltd.,  Sydney

 

From 1910 the first version of this company, owned by William Charles Chorley (see also the entry further down page) was named Kitchener Tailoring Co, becoming Kitchener Ltd in 1911. It was a naval and military outfitters in George St, then Hunter Street, Sydney. It existed under this name until at least the 1990s. (Some items are labelled as Sandhurst. Kitchener & Co. Pty. Ltd. )

Grand Anzac military tattoo, navy, army and air force, official program April 1935. Here it states that they have been uniform specialists for 65 years (i.e.from 1870). As William Chorley started his tailoring business in 1883, perhaps this refers to  the original Mr. Kitchener. I have been unable to find out who this was.

 

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L. & A.T. Co Mitchell St.

Bendigo Advertiser, 17th January 1883 page 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The London & American Company operated from Mitchell Street until 1892, when Pool & Williams opened their business in this premise.

A London and American Supply Store opened in Pall Mall, Bendigo that year with “an unusually large assortment of men’s mercery on view, consisting on shirts, hats, ties, scarves, hosiery etc.”  It only advertised until the next year. However, there were branches in Melbourne, opened in 1887, that remained until at least 1956.

NSW Government Gazette,
7th May 1897.

 

Lasker & Lasker, Sydney

Abraham (David) Lasker, was a merchant tailor in Newcastle from 1874. From his large large family, mostly born in Victoria, several of his sons would join the business which became Lasker and Sons then Lasker Bros: Isaac (1863- 1939), Manassah (Arthur) (1865- ), Harris (Henry) Benjamin (1869-1929),  Joseph (1872- ), (Emanuael (1872- ) and a probable grandson, Victor Emanuel (1900- ). Around 1897 they opened for business in George Street, Sydney. The name then changed to Lasker & Lasker.

The Sydney Mail 18th September 1897 page 608

The Sun, 20th December 1910 page 10.

The Newcastle branch of the business ended around 1927, the Sydney branch around 1931.

 

Layton Bros, Traralgon & Yarram

Traralgon Record, 1st November 1907 page 2.

Brothers Alfred Ernest(1880-1969) and Arthur Layton (1878-1964) bought the stock of Messers Groga and Maxwell in 1907. They operated a grocery and draper store until selling up in 1936 to return to Melbourne.

 

Lenthall Tailors, Adelaide

News (Adelaide) 30th December 1937 page 8. W. F. H. Lenthall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William FitzHerbert Lenthall (1865 -1956 ran his “clerical tailoring and outfitters” concern in Grenfell Street, Adelaide for many years. He was very active in the Church. From around 1931 Mr Trevorah, who had worked for him, took over the business.

News, 11th March 1932 page 8. (Lenthall should have a double L).

 

Leviathan Ltd.,  Melbourne

 

In the 1850s the firms founder, Mr. Sanders, had his first small shop (of Sanders & Co) at the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets.  The Leviathan Limited was a tailoring/retail firm from 1865 until 1972. The Leviathan Building was constructed in 1912-13, the ground floor of which has been separated into smaller stores since the late 1970s. The firm had a link with another Victorian icon, Fletcher Jones, as Mr David Fletcher Jones was a director of Leviathan Ltd in the 1950s.

The Herald (Melbourne) 15th May 1913 page 3.

Sporting Globe, 24th September 1927 page 4.

Home, 1st December 1924 page 82.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis & Corbould, Ballarat

Thanks to Hal Corbould.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Corbould, a native of Bath, came to Ballarat in 1858 to work as a tailor. From around 1877 he was in partnership with Abel Lewis until he retired due to ill health in 1883. Unfortunately, as reported in Ballarat newspapers on 29th July 1885 …

“Mr Abel Lewis, tailor, died at the Koh-i-noor Private Hospital last night. He was a comparatively young man, and had drunk too much. It is a co-incidence that his late partner, Mr Corbould, a much older man, has been in bed over 18 months with cancer, and his death has been expected for a long time.”

Abel was born in 1844, so was 41 when he died. His erstwhile partner in fact did not die until 1914 at the age of 87 years, although he had been in a wheelchair for years.

 

Lincoln Stuart & Co., Melbourne

Vic.Volunteer Cadets Corps.1893-1901.

UK Royal Navy officer’s button.

Victorian Railways.

Uniform button fashioned into a hatpin. From Carol’s collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Francis (Frank) Stuart lived 1844 -1910. He was apprenticed to a draper in Sydney, but when he eloped with his bosses’ daughter, he high-tailed it to Melbourne in 1866. He worked for McIvor & Lincoln, and on the death of McIvor in 1889 the company was registered as Lincoln Stuart & Co. ltd. In 1885 they were contracted to supply uniforms for the NSW Sudan regiment. The Australian War Memorial has a doublet from a uniform of the Victorian Scottish Regiment (circa 1900) and Museum Victoria has a straw boater hat from the company. The company was taken over by John Snow & Co. Ltd in 1926, but continued to trade under this name.  The company was finally deregistered in 1994.

See more in his biography; http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/stuart-francis-frank-8704

Image H28190/390 National Library of Australia.   Francis Stuart c.1888

postcard.

This postcard dates from after mid 1909, when the ‘new’ Flinders Street station was completed. It shows the store of Lincoln, Stuart & Co, tailors

Lineker’s, Ballarat

This button’s story was a little hard to chase down. Here’s the details as far as I can work out:

The Lineker family came to Australia from England in 1878. Brothers George Law Frost (1851-1931)  and Robert Alfred (1857-1927) Lineker were both tailors. George was originally based in Sydney as a tailor then a mining broker, but seems to have joined Robert from around 1889 as the name ‘Lineker Bros’ was used from then until 1924,  Robert moved around Victoria; c.1889-1893 at Ararat, c.1887-1904 Hamilton, c.1901-1903 Nhill, c.1903-1905 Dimboola and c.1907-1927 Ballarat.

The Hamilton Spectator, 10th May 1887 page 3.

George was back in Sydney from around 1905. Robert’s son Robert Law Lineker (1885-1968) also became a master tailor. After the war and his father’s death he continued as a tailor until at least 1948.

Bulletin, 9th April 1881 page 6.

 

Liversage & Green, Footscray

Messrs William Liversage (1980 -1935) and Edgar Charles Green (1881-1959) announced there opening their factory employing six hands at “Shaw’s New Buildings” on 5th October 1907. They were still at that address in 1922. Mr Green went into real estate after that, moved to Williamstown and died there in 1959. Mr Liversage remained in Footscray until his death in 1935.

Independent (Footscray), 5th October 1907 page 2.

 

L. J. Brownbill, Geelong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay John (Jack) Brownbill was born in Geelong West in 1896. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to Bright & Hitchcocks. He enlisted in the A.I.F. in 1915. After the war he advertised as a high class tailor working in the Corio Chambers at the corner of Yarra and Malop Street before moving to Thacker’s Building in Ryrie Streets.

 

London Stores, Melbourne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Samuel Meyers (1869 -1931) established this tailoring firm in Adelaide in 1896. He expanded to Melbourne, Launceston, Hobert, Colac and Castlemaine and publicly listed the company in 1911. Franks’s son Valleck continued the business after his father’s death. They made uniforms during WW2.

The Argus, 31st December 1931 page 3. Mr F. S. Meyers

The Herald, 1st April 1950 page 6. Mr V. S. Meyers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailors from the US Fleet parade past the London Stores, cnr Bourke and Elizabeth Streets in 1925.

The Age (Melbourne), 10th September 1926 page 13.

 

Louis Epstein Pty. Ltd.,  Melbourne

 

Louis Aaron Valentine Epstein was born in England in 1879. His family emigrated to Melbourne in 1889. Of his ten children three sons, Keith, Phillip and Garth, joined his tailoring business which was located in Epstein House, 133 Flinders Street, Melbourne. They maintained the firm until retiring, gaining a reputation as bespoke tailors as well as uniform and equestrian clothing manufacturers (they supplied Victorian police uniforms). The firm was the first importers and retailers of Levi Strauss jeans in Australia.

 

Lowes Ltd., Sydney and Newcastle

Oh dear, It should read Lowe’s, not Low’s.

Founded in 1898 as W. Lowe and Company, tailors and outfitters, and still trading as a chain of men’s, boys’ and school wear stores. In 1911 it was reformed into Lowes. It started as a single storein Sydney, then two, until expanding in 1948.


Published in the Catholic Weekly (Sydney), 15th March 1951 page 5.

 

L. Sullivan, Euroa

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1919-1920 Laurence Sullivan advertised his tailoring shop in the former E.T. Stammers  (also country tailors) store.

Euroa Advertiser 23rd January 1920 page 4.

 

Lunn & Holmes, Shepparton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1922 Arthur Lunn and Tom Holmes, who had previously worked for  John Zimmerman’s tailoring concern in Maryborough, established their own business in Shepparton at 170 Wyndham Street. They prospered and listed the company in 1929. Tragically,  Mr Lunn died suddenly of a seizure whilst driving his car. He was only 47 years at the time. The company continued until 1958.

Sourced from “Lost Shepparton” Facebook page.

Advocate (Melbourne), 4th August 1938 page 30.

 

Lyons & White, Ballarat

In April 1898 James Lyons ( fomerly of Twentyman’s) and William White (formerly of J.B. Manning & Co) started ‘Lyons & Williams” at 12 Bridge St, declaring they were “Premier Tailors” as well as hatters and mercers.  James died shortly after suffering from a stroke whilst watching a local football match in 1924, aged 65 years. He had been a very keen member of the horse racing and the football communities. The business continued to operate until around 1939. Perhaps William retired at that time, as he died in 1946.