My father can confirm it was the Myer who died in Malvern in 1978 and he was a 'frock manufacturer' designed cloths.
I suspected the two were linked because there were various traces of Myer Sutherland living around Melbourne, and there's nobody else of that name. It looks like the clothing business may still exist, unless the directory listings are out of date - there's a Myer Sutherland - Ladies Clothing Manufacturers & Wholesalers at 49, Merton St., Albert Park, VIC showing up, and a shop at 10, Cremorne St., Richmond, VIC.
I also found a record of himself and Ethel flying with Pan American from Frankfurt to London on 20th September 1949, giving the luxurious (and very expensive!) Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane, Mayfair, London, as their address.
It's not a lot, but it does suggest that he had money - enough to buy such an expensive luxury novelty as a semi-miniature tortoiseshell aeola...
Edited by Stephen Chambers, 16 November 2014 - 02:31 AM.