1211 Box Hill Brickworks
Box Hill Brickworks
The Box Hill Brickworks was established the site in 1884 and continued production until 1892 when it was closed as a result of the depression.
In the mid-1910’s the Box Hill Brickworks was re-established by the Standard Brickworks and recommenced production.
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It again changed ownership in 1938 and aside from the war years from 1942-1946, Box Hill Brickworks continued to produce brick and tile products until it was closed in 1988.
Ultimately, the technology had been superseded, and other established competitors were able to produce a similar product at a lower cost.
The site is built on the edge of a former landfill which is subject to some ongoing environmental issues. These issues are at least partly the reason that this site hasn’t gone ahead with the planned redevelopment that was proposed in 2002.
I’ve read on at least one page that people have claimed to have seen flames come from the ground due to the methane beneath the ground. Make of that what you will.
It’s a historically significant site given the rarity of a brick making plant to be as intact in this day and age (disregarding the obvious vandalism).
It contains examples of superseded brick making process and ancillary trades. You can still see the Blacksmith’s shop.
It also contains one of the last Victorian examples of a Hoffman brick making kiln.
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