Bristile Kilns (fmr), Belmont


City of Belmont

Place Number



80 Grandstand Rd Ascot

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Ascot Kilns
Kilns and Chimney Stacks
Old Bristile Kilns
Old Bristile Kilns (Beehive Kilns)

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1950, Constructed from 1930

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List Adopted 22 Nov 2016
State Register Registered 15 Apr 2020 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Classified by the National Trust Classified 05 Oct 1988
Art Deco Significant Bldg Survey Completed 30 Jun 1994
Register of the National Estate Indicative Place
Register of the National Estate Nominated 03 May 1989
Municipal Inventory Adopted 22 Nov 2016 Category A
Municipal Inventory Adopted 31 Dec 1996 Category A

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.” The place has also been assessed by the Australian Heritage Commission and has been entered in the Register of the National Estate.

Physical Description

An assemblage of a group of kilns situated on Grandstand Road in Belmont, opposite the Ascot Racecourse. The kilns and chimneys are clearly visible from Grandstand Road.


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)



State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
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
8064 Ascot kilns assessment. Heritage Study {Other} 2005
7398 A history of the brick kilns, Grandstand Road, Belmont, WA : 1903 - 1982. Report 2004
7412 Traffic management of Grandstand Road and its impact on the Bristile Kilns : report on road safety issues. Heritage Study {Other} 1999
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
1638 From the ground up : Bristile, Whittakers and Metro Brick in Western Australian history. Book 1987
9531 Swan and Helena rivers management framework: heritage audit and statement of significance, final report 26 February 2009. Heritage Study {Other} 2009
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
7413 Bristile Kiln site assessment. Heritage Study {Other} 2000
6532 Western Australian endangered places 2003. Kit 2003
7559 Ascot Kilns assessment Report 2005
11864 Ascot kilns ( Bristile kilns (Fmr) Belmont) Heritage Study {Other} 2017
9530 Swan and Helena rivers regional recreational path development plan. Report 2009

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use VACANT\UNUSED 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

12 May 2020


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