Brick Manufacture in Victoria has been dominated by a small number of companies who adopted Bradley & Craven mechanical brick presses, and the Hoffman continuous kiln technologies in the last decades of the 19th centuries.
|sample from my old backyard collection|
Northcote, Brunswick, Hawthorn and Camberwell provided the early clay grounds, and hence brickworks, but small brick pits were opened up across Melbourne and most larger country towns, wherever suitable clay could be found and there was a demand for the product.
Following will be a sample of bricks I have collected mostly from demolition sites, sometimes to the surprise of the contractors:
Can I have some of the bricks?
"How Many do you want?" (obviously calculating the $50 a ton value)
One or Two