The Mont Albert District - a Pictorial History 1830 to 2013

1884 - Brickworks

Indigenous Heritage
Geology and Topography
Vegetation and Fauna
Climate and Hydrology
1840s to 1870s
1850s - Parish of Nunawading
1852 - Whitehorse Inn
1861 - Postal Services
1880s - Electricity Supply
1880s to 1920s
1882 - Phantom Railways to Doncaster
1883 - Residential Heritage Precinct
1884 - Broughton Park subdivsion
1884 - Brickworks
1885 - Surrey Hills district - map
1888 - Football Clubs
1889 - Gas Supply and Gasworks
1889 - Doncaster Electric Tramway and Tower
1890 - Mont Albert Railway Station
1892 - Surrey Hills Golf Club
1892 - Water Supply, Reservoirs and Sewerage
1899 - Telephone Services
1905 - The Surrey Dive
1907 - Scouts and Guides
1912 - Mont Albert Village Shopping Precinct
1914 - Mont Albert Progress Association
1916 - Californian Bungalows
1917 - Schools
1917 - Wattle Park
1924 - Early Shortwave Broadcasting from the Surrey Hills district
1924 - Black's Estate
1925 - Bus Services
1929 - Tramways
1930 - Cricket Clubs in Mont Albert
1930s - Balwyn - Beckett Park Bonfires and Wildlife Sanctuary
1948 - Grange Tennis Courts
1957 - Pioneer Park
1961 - Surrey Hills Communications Tower
1981 - Box Hill Miniature Railway
Koonung Creek Parklands
Heritage Notes
Mont Albert Road - Early History
Mont Albert Rd - the East End
Elgar Rd - north and south of Mont Albert Rd
Mont Albert Rd - View St to Elgar Rd
Bushland Reserves
Service Associations
Sporting Clubs
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Walking Trails
The Author's Websites
References and Acknowledgements

2013 - Brickworks site

1988 - the last bricks to be made


In 1884, the Haughton Park Brick Company bought land on the NE corner of Elgar and Canterbury Rds, the site of the present-day Surrey Park.

The hinterland around the present-day area of the Surrey Dive and Surrey Park was known  as "Irishtown", due to the large number of Irish immigrants who undertook tree cutting in the 1840s.

An Irishtown Progress Association existed in 1920,which revived memories of the former Irish woodcarters..

The brickworks opened in 1890, as the Box Hill Brick Company. 

1889 was a year of peak brick production in Victoria

By 1890, there was overproduction, with a new plant having been established at Blackburn and Mitcham; in 1891 a brickworks opened in Mont Albert, and another north of Whitehorse Rd in Elgar Rd.

Increased competition and falling profits resulted in operations being suspended in 1892.

In 1911 production restarted and in 1913 became the Standard Brick and Tile Co. Ltd.

In 1921, a 1 km railway line was built from the works to the sidings at Box Hill station, to carry bricks from the site. No trace of this line remains. This ran along what is now Surrey Drive, then along Thurston St, to the sidings in Carrington Rd.

In 1938 it was taken over by the Cooperative Brick Co., but did not operate during the war years 1942-1946.

In 1952, the works were converted to electricity and in 1966 were taken over by Brick and Pipe Co., until closing in August 1988.

The Brickworks site has been declared by the State Government as a Heritage Place.

The original clay pit was filled in, and is now a large fenced paddock, overgrown with weeds, grass and debris.  A housing proposal for the site remains unresoived (2013) due to objections from local residents.

The factory and machinery remains much as it was in 1988.

The tall chimney is a local landmark.

The author recalls  in the 1960s the loud whistles from the factory which sounded at the end of shifts, and heard across most of Mont Albert and Box Hill!

Note: In the years 1890-1892, bricks were transported by horse and dray from the site to the Box Hill sidings, The route was westerly along what is now Mont Albert Rd Extension, then a 90 degree turn north into Elgar Rd, continuing to Carrington Rd, then to the sidings. At that time, open drains ran across unsealed Mont Albert Rd, causing problems for the horses.

1920s - brickworks train to Box Hill

1988 - clay pit

1981 - aerial view of brickworks

1930 - employees st the works

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2013 - the Brickworks site

2013 - Brickworks

2013 - Brickworks

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2013 - satellite view of brickworks site

2013 - general view

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