The goal of our Club is to provide opportunities to study buttons that are worth collecting, and share that knowledge as we come to appreciate their beauty and history. Collectable buttons include all buttons - antique and vintage, uniform and military.

Meetings are held at 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) in the Fellowship Room of the Burwood Heights Uniting Church (A-frame) on the corner of Burwood Highway and Blackburn Road, Burwood East.  (Melways Ref. 61 K7)


The idea of a button collecting club was conceived in 1995. The Victorian Button Collectors Club became a reality in 1996 when, through word of mouth and personal contacts, we held our first meeting at a private home. As individual button collectors, we had been aware of established button clubs in America and the United Kingdom. In Melbourne at that time, there was very little public information about buttons available, button collecting was not a hobby most people had heard of, and it was difficult to find collectable buttons even in antique shops. The Victorian Button Collectors Club was established to encourage the collecting, preservation and appreciation of buttons, antique and modern, and research into the history relating to their origins and uses. Most of all, the club provides an opportunity to meet like-minded people.  If you are a member you can Find out more . . .


Another Button Story

Starting on the 1st of November,  there will be a new button posted on the Home page twice per month.

Click on the image to enlarge the button.


A beautiful button, circa 1870, with a hand painted rose design.  I bought it as an example of “reverse painting” that is, having a design painted directly on to the back of the glass.  The button measures 4.5 cm in diameter, the silver is not hallmarked, and the glass is very slightly domed.

When you enlarge the picture you can see a faint pencil mark under the roses, which is probably a placement guide.  If you look closely you can see that it is also possible the roses were painted on paper which was then stuck to the back of the glass.  This button was part of a set which included both large and small buttons, so painting the design, cutting each one out, and gluing them on the back of the glass, would make sense.  Because the glass is only slightly domed any resulting wrinkles would be minimal.

In Greek mythology, roses originated from Adonis, the deity of plants and rebirth.  If there is one flower that expresses love, passion, joy, and life more distinctively than any other flower, it is a simple rose.  Pink roses can represent femininity, elegance, refinement, and sweetness.  The pink rose can also have additional meanings depending on its shade.  A deep or hot pink rose can convey gratitude, appreciation, recognition and is a great way to say “thank you,” while a light or pale pink rose conveys grace, gentleness, joy, and happiness.

9 Roses – this number of roses signifies a gift of eternal love for a person you wish to spend the rest of your life with.

CLUB JOURNALS - Update 27/12/2020

Our February and March meetings were the only ones we were able to hold in 2020, and the topics for both meetings were recorded in the May Journal.  The August and November Journals were not produced. 

BUTTON BANTER is now up and running for members only. It has its own heading at the top of the Home page which you can see once you log in.  Click on this heading to view contributions.  If you want to add an item use 'Add Button Banter'  under the Member Menu on the right of that screen or the Home page.  

Button Banter is for you to share your button interests with other Club members, ask advice or give feedback. You can also see other members buttons or Button Challenge Cards or join in and show your own. It is preferable to post your photo in portrait format.


The March meeting will be held on MONDAY evening in the Church Hall at 7.30.  Please bring your own water - the kitchen cannot be used.  Please bring your own mask, sign in, and hand sanitise.