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Century old chimney inspires search for historic brickworks stories

The developers of a controversial new apartment complex on the site of the old Newmarket brickworks have reached out to Brisbane residents to help the company preserve and celebrate some of the area’s history.

Jun 22, 2021, updated Jun 22, 2021

Brickworks Park, which will eventually boast more than 280 apartments, will rise up from what was land zoned light industrial following the closure of the brickworks in 1987.

The key feature of the new development will be preservation of the original 55-metre brickworks chimney stack, a prominent feature of Brisbane’s inner north.

Developer CDL Australia says it wants to contact people who remember some of the stories of the operation of the brickworks so these can be incorporated into the new community via “interpretive signage”.

The company’s Director of Residential, John Bush, said CDL has placed “considerable emphasis” on trying to conserving the historic elements of the site.

“The iconic chimney of the former brick kilns will be front and centre of this new neighbourhood, which will also include expansive green open spaces and the introduction of more than 15,000 trees and native plants,” he said.

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“We are encouraging Brisbane locals who have a connection to the former ‘Brisbane Brick and Builders Supply Company Ltd’ – either themselves or through family members that once worked there – to get in touch and help us keep this history alive for future generations.”

He said the company already had plans to are-use some rare bricks made at the brickworks and recently salvaged from a demolition at Fortitude Valley.

The brickworks site has an industry history spanning more than 100 years, with the distinctive chimney long ago included in the Queensland Heritage Register.

 

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