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.

I can’t resist posting another Horn Button this month – especially one showing a second important invention.  The buttons have an identical pressed pattern of an early automobile; one button is slightly thicker than the other.  They measure 3 cm in diameter and are unmarked.  Horn buttons often show some splitting on the edge, which can be one way to tell they are made from horn.  The backs of these buttons are fairly rough-looking.  I clean horn buttons by brushing them with a toothbrush, and use a bamboo skewer to remove dirt stuck in the pattern, and finally rub them vigorously with an old piece of towel.

I looked on the internet for information on the invention of the first car in the world and found the following notes on www.daimler.com.  I particularly liked Bertha’s initiative!

“On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – may be regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile.  In July 1886 the newspapers reported on the first public outing of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model no. 1.

Using an improved version and without her husband’s knowledge, Benz’s wife Bertha and their two sons Eugen (15) and Richard (14) embarked on the first long-distance journey in automotive history on an August day in 1888.  The route included a few detours and took them from Mannheim to Pforzheim, her place of birth.  With this journey of 180 kilometres including the return trip Bertha Benz demonstrated the practicality of the motor vehicle to the entire world.  Without her daring – and that of her sons – and the decisive stimuli that resulted from it, the subsequent growth of Benz & Cie. in Mannheim to become the world’s largest automobile plant of its day would have been unthinkable.”

Wikipedia has a great deal of information on the “History of the Automobile”:-

“Development started as early as the 17th century with the invention of the first steam-powered vehicle, which led to the creation of the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transportation, built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in 1769.  Inventors began to branch out at the start of the 19th century, creating the de Rivas engine, one of the first internal combustion engines, and an early electric motor.  Samuel Brown later tested the first industrially applied internal combustion engine in 1826.  Development was hindered in the mid-19th century by a backlash against large vehicles, yet progress continued on some internal combustion engines.  The engine evolved as engineers created two and four-cycle combustion engines and began using gasoline as fuel.  Production vehicles began appearing in 1887, when Karl Benz developed a petrol or gasoline-powered automobile and made several identical copies. Recent automobile production is marked by the Ford Model T, created by the Ford Motor Company in 1908, which became the first automobile to be mass-produced on a moving assembly line.

The first four-wheeled petrol-driven automobile in Britain was built in Walthamstow by Frederick Bremer in 1892.  Another was made in Birmingham in 1895 by Frederick William Lanchester, who also patented the disc brake.”


CLUB JOURNALS - Update 1/6/2021

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.   The May 2021 Journal has been sent to all members.


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.



NEXT MEETING JULY 13th :-  A.G.M. & Buttons Sales - Commencing at 7.30 pm

TOPIC :  PLASTIC FANTASTIC (Carried over from June)