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Button - Rifle Volunteers, Brass, Hobson & Son, New Zealand, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 81083

This brass military button was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured for Rifle Volunteers, NZ by Hobson and Son, of Haymarket, London.

Working in Little Lon.
Alongside the tightly packed cottages, commercial enterprise thrived in little Lon. Shops sold food and 'fancy goods'. Factories and workshops manufactured bellows, furniture, waterproof clothing and ice cream.

In the 1880s grocers flourished, and in the 1890s clothing firms and Chinese cabinet-makers dominated the local manufacturing scene. But Little Lon's most numerous businesses were the myriad hotels and brothels.

It is easy to overlook the 'invisible' work carried out in people's homes. Because such work was rarely documented we rely on things left behind to tell the story. The abundance of lace bobbins dug up at Little Lon hints at a lace-making industry and busy lives otherwise hidden from history.
Button off army uniform. Inscription (partially obscured): ...RIFLE VOLUNT EERS...NZ...Hobson & Son...Haymarket. Shank-style button, complete, 24mm diameter, impressed with inscription.
Found in demolition phase, Location 64 / 65B, east, in Casselden Place.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 5 mm (Height), 25 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: button
Trench Unit Number: 14/04/17
Inscriptions: Inscription (partially obscured):RIFLE VOLUNTEERS/ NZ/ Hobson & Son/ Haymarket

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