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Abraham D Aboud - Commemorative Dinner, 1924
Abraham D Aboud – Commemorative Dinner, 1924
Coloured, folded menu card: Complimentary Banquet tendered by The Lebanese (Syrian) Citizens of Australia to Abraham D. Aboud Esq. on the occasion of his departure from Sydney on a trip to America, Europe & Syria. 8th April 1924. Hotel Australia, Sydney N.S.W. Toasts were presented by Aziz Melick Bey, Mr. R. K. Malouf, Mr. E. D. Aboud, Mr. A. J. Kayrooz, Mr. W. T. Malouf and Mr. Nicholas Betar. Unfolded card measures 25 x 20 cm.


Commercial envelope for George Solomon & Sons, 20 Cooper Street, Refern, c 1930. Stamped “Senior Wear” Shirt & Pyjama. Manuf’rs. G. Solomon Pty Ltd, 20 Copper Street Redfern. Printed script reads: Geo Solomon & Sons. Wholesale Grocers Cool Drinks and Tobacco Merchants. 20 Cooper Street, Redfern Sydney Phone: Redfern 1287. Measures 15 x 9 cm.

George Solomon was one of a number of prominent Australian Lebanese business people who ran successful warehousing and clothing manufacturing business in the Redfern area who supplied rural small businesses and the hawking trade. Solomon’s heyday was in the 1920s and 1930s; as well as his clothing business, he owned other residential property in the area which he rented to newcomers from Lebanon.

Match box for Corban International Motel, Coogee NSW, c1980
Match box for Corban International Motel, Coogee NSW, c1980

Match box for Corban International Motel, Coogee NSW, c1980. The Corban family ran their motel at 183 Coogee Bay Road Coogee from c1960s until 1980s. Includes images of the motel and pool.

Tin lapel badge  Servia, Syria, Armenia  - 1918
Tin lapel badge Servia, Syria, Armenia – 1918

Small circular tin lapel badge issued in 1918 for the Servia Syria Armenia charity fundraising appeal. The badge features a coloured illustration of a Middle Eastern scene, with date palms, a white town with minarets and three Arabs on camel against yellow sand and a blue sky. The words ‘Servia Syria Armenia’ are printed in red across the sand. (3 cm wide. Purchased in Burra, South Australia)

According to the websites of the Australian War Memorial and Museum Victoria, it was issued to help the displaced peoples of Servia (Serbia), Syria (which included in those days Lebanon) and Armenia. Such badges were sold in trams, buses, at railways stations and rallies to raise money for the cause. The program, coordinated by the Commonwealth Button Fund, was supported by churches, state and federal governments, and produced a series of posters stating a target of £30 million. A special day was organised for 3 February 1918 to coincide with identical appeals in England organised through the Lord Mayor of London Appeal and supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Similar events were also run in the United States. The badge was designed by Mrs Frances Woolcott, Honorary Organiser of the Melbourne branch of the Commonwealth Button Fund and the design was approved and registered (No 3905) on 20 November 1917. Over £7,300 was collected nationally during this appeal.

Two coloured crown seals for soft drink bottles, A. Bookallil Cooma, NSW -1.Dry Ginger Ale & 2. Ginger Beer. c1955 (Preservative added, artificially coloured). Most country towns had at least one Australian Lebanese owned small business. They were often in the clothing and haberdashery fields, but included other fields, such as soft drink manufacturing, as well.

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