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F & GF Bullen - Drapers

F & GF Bullen - Drapers


Frederick and George Francis Bullen were from Fullham, Somerset, England. Their brother, J.A. Bullen, visited Australia in 1849 and convinced his brothers that there were opportunities to be had in Melbourne. They arrived in January 1854 aboard the Chance.

Frederick and George had worked in the softgoods trade in London and they brought a large stock with them when they arrived. They also imported a galvanized iron store, but that was never used by them. In 1854 a Melbourne Directory gave their address as 127 Russell Street. The brothers must have just arrived in Melbourne and been able to secure premises in time for their address to be included. Their premises were located on the corner of Russell and Little Bourke Streets, known as Sebastopol House. The brothers were running their business from 131 Russell Street in 1855, and by 1857 they had also taken up possession of No.133.

The brothers had one halfpenny token struck bearing their name, but it is not listed by either Sharples or Andrews in their catalogues, as it is not known to have circulated widely and is hence regarded as a check. No date is supplied by Gardner or Heyde in their references to the single halfpenny. However, given the address, it must have been issued between 1854 and 1862.

F & GF Bullen - Drapers values and prices

The value of a australian token depends on several factors such as quality and wear, supply and demand, rarity, finish and more.


Varieties AG-3 G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 EF-40 AU-50
Varieties MS-60 MS-62 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67


  • Issuer: F & GF Bullen
  • Denomination : Penny
  • Diameter: 30 mm
  • Renniks #: 62
  • Andrews #: 0

The values on this page are in Australian dollars (AUD).

Last update : Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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