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Bristile Kilns (fmr), Belmont


City of Belmont

Place Number

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197 Grandstand Rd Ascot

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Kilns and Chimney Stacks
Old Bristile Kilns (Beehive Kilns)

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed in 1930, Constructed in 1950

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 24 Feb 2003 Heritage Council
State Register Interim 03 Jul 1992 Register Entry
Heritage Council

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Art Deco Significant Bldg Survey Completed 30 Jun 1994

Register of the National Estate Nominated 03 May 1989

Register of the National Estate Indicative Place

Classified by the National Trust Classified 05 Oct 1988

Municipal Inventory Adopted 31 Dec 1996 Category B

Category B

Very important to the heritage of the locality. Conservation of the place is highly desirable. Any alterations or extensions should be sympathetic to the heritage values of the place.

Statement of Significance

An exceptional assemblage of a group of kilns of types commonly used in Australia in the first half of the twentieth century. These were built between 1929 and 1950, and are thought to be the largest such group surviving in the country.

The place has been assessed by the National Trust of Australia (WA) and has been entered in the Register of that body as a classified building with the following statement of significance:

“Pottery works , established by Piercy and Pitman opposite the Ascot Racecourse, became a company known as the WA Pottery Co soon after 1910 with Mr Pitman as Manager. This company was taken over in 1930 by H L Brisbane and Co and in 1938 Wunderlich Ltd acquired an interest and the firm became H L Brisbane & Wunderlich Ltd. Prior to forming his own company Lance Brisbane had worked for Wunderlich’s and had a lasting friendship with the family. In later years the Belmont factory concentrated on the manufacture of vitrified clay pipes. It has long been one of the main industries in the area.”

Physical Description

Includes eight circular downdraught kilns (often called beehive kilns), five stacks and intact associated floor ducts/ventilation with a corrugated iron structure covering. A red brick facade has been added to the wall along Grandstand Road. The five chimneys are a landmark in the area and the kilns demonstrate the manufacturing process for clay products (pipes and tiles) since at least 1920. The factory closed in 1982. The site was also the first specialised pottery works established in Western Australia in 1905.


1929 Founding of company H.L.Brisbane & Co Ltd. Business of Westralian Potteries, which began in 1895, was taken over. This had 2 kilns fired with wood and coal.

1934 Two new kilns were added, built by Ernie Banks .

1935 Building additions to pipe and tile factories.

1936 Additions to buildings and plant.

1938 Name change to H.L.Brisbane & Wunderlich Ltd.

1947 Belmont tile factory extended by installation of modern equipment and additional kilns.

1948 Additional drying chambers installed at Belmont tile factory.

1954 Two new kilns and stack added.

1955 New clay sheds erected, improved grinding machinery installed.

1958 Production of roofing tiles ceased at Belmont on December 17.

1963 Major redevelopment of Belmont pipe factory. Opened on 12 December by Hon. C.W.M. Court.

1968 Reconstruction of existing rectangular kiln.

1971 Erection of new factory at Belmont with Bickley shuttle kiln.

1972 No. 2 pipe factory commissioned at Belmont.

1978 Conversion of Belmont No. 2 plant to roofing tile production.

1982 Bristile clay pipe division closed down after 50 years in Belmont.

(Source : Bristile’s 50th year report publication)


Extent of original Fabric: Original condition




Name Type Year From Year To
Reginald Roy Long UNKNOWN 1927 -
Pitman, Piercy & Co UNKNOWN 1905 -
Wunderlich Ltd UNKNOWN 1938 -
HL Brisbane UNKNOWN 1929 -
West Australian Pottery Co. Ltd. UNKNOWN 1908 -
Bristile UNKNOWN - -
Westralian Potteries Ltd. UNKNOWN 1926 -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Bristile;"50th Year Report".

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7414 Ascot Waters - Granstand Road : assessment of road network options. + Addendum 1 : Assessment of sub-options of road network option 2E. Heritage Study {Other} 2000
8064 Ascot kilns assessment. Heritage Study {Other} 2005
1638 From the ground up : Bristile, Whittakers and Metro Brick in Western Australian history. Book 1987
7411 Re: investigation into the entry of the "Old Bristile Kilns" in the Register of Heritage Places : submission to Heritage Council. Heritage Study {Other} 1992
7398 A history of the brick kilns, Grandstand Road, Belmont, WA : 1903 - 1982. Report 2004
7559 Ascot Kilns assessment Report 2005
9530 Swan and Helena rivers regional recreational path development plan. Report 2009
1539 Pipe and tile kilns, former Bristile site Ascot Fields, Belmont, Perth : an assessment of cultural significance for the Department of Planning and Urban Development, Western Australia. Heritage Study {Other} 1990
6532 Western Australian endangered places 2003. Kit 2003
9531 Swan and Helena rivers management framework: heritage audit and statement of significance, final report 26 February 2009. Heritage Study {Other} 2009
7413 Bristile Kiln site assessment. Heritage Study {Other} 2000
7412 Traffic management of Grandstand Road and its impact on the Bristile Kilns : report on road safety issues. Heritage Study {Other} 1999

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Vacant\Unused

Architectural Styles

Other Style

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Manufacturing & processing

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

08 Feb 2015


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