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Uniform Button For Prison Officer

UNIFORM BUTTON FOR PRISON OFFICER

Accession ID:

2000.177.1

Name:

Uniform Button For Prison Officer

Category:

Item

Type:

Object

Maker:

Embossed in semi-circle around front edge: GAOL DEPARTMENT WA surrounding central image of crown; at rear: SHERIDAN 842 HAYSt

Date:

1930s, 1940s

Description

Circular silver coloured metal button for prison officer's uniform; used at Fremantle Prison by prison officer Victor Stuart during his service in the 1930s and 1940s. The surface is convex at front and flat at rear; has a metal eyelet-shank protruding from rear centre for attaching buttons to uniform; 25mm diam with text embossed around circular edge of front (see MARKS) surrounding central image of crown.


History

The Department of Corrective Services was called 'The Gaols Department' from 1890 to 1947. Sheridans' is a Perth business founded by Charles Sheridan. In 1906 Charles rented an upstairs office in the Eagle Chambers on Hay Street in Perth’s Central Business District from where he ran his importing business. In 1913 he set up a workshops behind his home in Florence Street, West Perth (he employs a jeweler). He starts manufacturing metal tags and badges. Austral Engraving Company moved from being a small engraving and jewellery repair business to a manufacturer of substance. During WWI the company manufactured military cap badges. By the 1920′s, Austral Engravers was the largest badge maker and engraver in Western Australia. Around 1924 the name was changed to SHERIDAN’S ENGRAVING & METAL STAMPING COMPANY. This name better reflected the range of goods Charles Sheridan was manufacturing at the time. While all production continued behind Florence Street, commercial etiquette demanded an office and showroom in the city. Charles again chose Hay Street, at Number 846 opposite His Majesty’s Theatre. The company still exists today, in the West Perth location. Source: http://wanumismatica.org.au/medalists-badge-makers/sheridans/


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