Refractory Rd Clackline
Clackline Clay and Brick
Constructed from 1898
|Municipal Inventory||Adopted||25 Feb 1998||4. Little Significance||
4. Little Significance
|Municipal Inventory||Adopted||25 Feb 1998||3. Some / Moderate significance||
3. Some / Moderate significance
The Clackline Refractory has historical significance owing to its long association with the manufacture of bricks from the local clay. In recent times the plant has produced a range of ceramic products.
The Clackline Refractory is nestled in a valley, not far from Great Eastern Highway. At the time of the consultants’ site visit, the site appeared deserted, except for stacks of miscellaneous ceramic products. Some non-operational kilns are still evident, while there are more modern kilns for modern day production. The older kilns are brick, sheltered by a corrugated iron roof supported on metal poles. A tall brick chimney stands alongside the kilns.
The Clackline Refractory was established in 1898 after John Ford and James Murray discovered clay suitable for fired bricks in the Clackline area. They set up the WA Firebrick Co, which only survived for two years. It was then operated by Bunnings until 1903, and then by the Hunter family until 1950s. Its later history is not known at this stage.
Integrity: High Degree
Authenticity: High Degree
Fair - Good
|Name||Type||Year From||Year To|
|John Ford & James Murray||Other Association||-||-|
|Ref ID No||Ref Name||Ref Source||Ref Date|
|DS Garden; "Northam: An Avon Valley History".|
Individual Building or Group
|OCCUPATIONS||Manufacturing & processing|
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