(Note – SBH – From the details below, Andrew Swinley left Scotland in 1946 for Australia to start a brick making business with his brother James. This was possibly in the Melbourne area but not necessarily so. Does anyone know if they actually managed to establish a brick manufacturing business in Australia?) 01/12/1946 – Sunday…
Found Firth of Clyde, Glasgow.
Find location would suggest Scottish origins but …
I believe it says IFB but there is a possibility it says JFB but I don’t think so!
Possibly the Inverkeithing Fireclay Brickworks – click me
Below – Interestingly this IFB stamped brick was found in Wollongong, Australia. Are these bricks from the same brickworks? If they are the same brick were they manufactured in Scotland or Australia.
Below – These firebricks were manufactured by the Inverell Fire Brick, Australia.
Below – Found by Craig Powell in WA, Australia.
Below – Found by Leslie White in Australia.
Jean Bear, USA states “Here, the IFB was made by Corundite Refractories Company in Zoar, Ohio from 1930 until 1965. Perhaps they were made in other places? Oral history tells us that “IFB” stood for “International Fire Brick” but I don’t have proof”
These bricks were found by Noni Ambrus in an old Gold mining area of the bush in Southern NSW, Australia. J & M Craig, Perceton Fireclay Works, Dreghorn, Ayrshire. . . . .
Found by Peter Brook in the garden of a house in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. The house was built in 1905. Garnkirk Fireclay Works, Garnkirk, Lanarkshire. . . . .
The following photographs were kindly forwarded by Carol Durant, Vice President of the Rockingham District Historical Society in Western Australia. These Gartcraig stamped bricks are exhibited within the Rockingham Museum. The bricks were found locally and it is believed they would have been unloaded at the Port of Rockingham c. 1875 – 1908. Gartcraig Fire…
Found by Craig Powell at Mount Palmer, Yilgarn, Western Australia. Craig states:- There was an entire town at Mount Palmer but the hotel ruins are all that’s left. The brick was from a house site across from the hotel with several broken ones looking like a fireplace. Houses were mostly tin miners shacks around the…
Found by Garry Bell in NE Victoria, Australia. Cardowan Fire Clay Works, Stepps, Glasgow. . . . .
The following bricks were found in and around the Melbourne area of Victoria, Australia. They were found by Mark Fleming and they are in the possession of Philip Lehocz, an Australian brick collector. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. and Blochairn Sand and Fire Clay Co, Blochairn, Glasgow. and Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig,…
This example was found in Australia – possibly Brisbane. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire .
The photograph is depicted in a book entitled “And so we graft from six to six” by Warwick Gemmell. This brick was found in New South Wales, Australia. I am not in possession of this brick. Cardowan Fire Clay Works, Stepps, Glasgow. I am uncertain as to what the GEC & S refers to. Also…
The following Scottish bricks are in a collection held by Craig Powell. Craig lives in Merredin, Western Australia. Below – A Nettle stamped brick. This is a product of John G Stein. This brick was found in the Swan River smack in the middle of Perth. An area that was reclaimed riverside land that had…