National Library of Australia

Due to major building activity, some collections are unavailable. Please check your requests before visiting. Learn more.

You must be logged in to Tag Records
Harrison Shoes "for happy feet"
Bib ID 8066520
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Description [Adelaide, South Australia] : [G. T. Harrison Shoes], [between 1950 and 1959?] 
33 leaves ; 22 x 29 cm 
Biography/History

G. T. Harrison Shoes Ltd was registered in 1951 and deregistered in 1972. They manufactured children's shoes for two years in small way in a former suburban band practice room at Mile End before moving into a new factory at 28-30 Glen Osmond Rd., Parkside, in 1954. Granton Thomas Harrison (1917-1982), who was probably the company's director, was one of the sons of Thomas Stabler Harrison, who emigrated from Stockton-on-Tees in 1910 and founded the Alma Shoe Co. in Adelaide in 1925. "Alma" and "Harrison" were Alma Co. brands. A 1930 report of a visit to the Alma company's factory notes they had 65 employes, including about 20 girls. The large English company C. & J. Clark Ltd. (founded in 1825) took out a majority share in Alma after they went into bankruptcy following the death of Thomas Harrison in 1936. Cecil F. Wyborn then became the managing director of the renamed Alma Shoes Ltd. Wyborn (also the first chairman of Clarks Australia Ltd., registered in 1948) retired from Alma in 1954 and was replaced by Foster W. Harrison, previously the factory manager and a director of Alma Shoes Ltd. Foster W. Harrison became the first managing director of Clarks Shoes Australia Ltd., which was registered in South Australia in 1959 and appears to have absorbed Alma Shoes Ltd. Granton Harrison served in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. He spent five months in the factory of C. & J. Clark Ltd. in England in 1949 and his brother Foster also spent two months studying the footwear industry in a similar visit the following year.

Notes

Running title.

Date based on newspaper advertisements for the company that refer to "happy feet."

An untitled book of prices, being tables of percentage mark-ups on wholesale (i.e. the retailer's cost price) required to look up quickly (in the days before calculators and computers) to determine a retail price at any desired percentage increase. The tables range from Cost 1 penny to Cost 200 shillings (i.e. ten pounds). The need for tables of this type was eliminated as the new digital technologies took over and with the introduction of decimal notes and coins in Australia on the 14th February 1966.

Binding

Quarter cloth boards. 

Subjects G. T. Harrison Shoes Ltd -- Miscellanea.  |  Markup -- Tables.  |  Footwear industry -- South Australia -- Miscellanea.  |  Shoes -- South Australia -- Miscellanea.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors G. T. Harrison Shoes Ltd, issuing body
Also Titled

For happy feet

Online

    In the Library

    Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

    Details Collect From
    Ephemera (Trade catalogues) - Footwear industry Special Collections Reading Room

    Order a copy

    - Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

    Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
    close Can I borrow items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close What can I get online?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.