Sewing Machine, Frank Williams Tailor; Wertheim, Joseph; 1905-1915; WY.1988.73


Sewing Machine, Frank Williams Tailor

About this object

This Wertheim sewing machine was used by Frank Williams Senior in his tailor shop on Balaclava Street, Wyndham, opposite the post office. Frank opened this store in 1915, and as this model dates from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, it is likely this is the first machine he worked with at the store. Frank Williams Junior took over the business after serving in World War Two. He closed the business in the mid-1970s. At this time, the Williams store was the last remaining tailors in Wyndham.

Edith Parr of Redan was the original owner of the machine, and it is believed that Frank purchased the machine from Edith. Edith likely purchased the machine in or imported it from Melbourne, where Hugo Wertheim imported them from his father-in-law's company in Germany, and then sold them to Australasian customers.

The machine would have originally come with a wooden case.


Wertheim, Joseph

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Wertheim, Hugo

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Place Made

Europe, Germany, Hessen state, Frankfurt

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, wood
inorganic, processed material, metal, iron
inorganic, processed material, metal, brass


h 240 mm x w 545 mm x d 285 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Business and Retail

Subject and Association Keywords

Machinery and Tools

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