The first brick, the recent acquisition, has an impressed frog of a small hand with a heart in the middle (not really very clear in the photo). It has been suggested to me that this brick may have come from the old Whiskey Au Go Go Nightclub that was burnt down in 1973 in Fortitude Valley. I expect that this brick would date from the late 1800s
|Heart in Hand Mark|
|Detail of Heart in Hand Mark|
The next brick is one of my favourites. It has a raised knot or what I call a pretzel mark in its frog. I have seen a few of these bricks around but don't have any idea as to their origins or age. I would love to hear from anyone who could give me some information about it. This brick came out of our original piles of bricks bought for paving.
|Knot or Pretzel Mark|
The third brick has quite a lot of wording pressed into its frog. It says THE VIRGINIA BRICK & TILE Co, BRISBANE WORKS, NORTH COAST LINE (at least I think the last word is LINE). It's appropriate that I have a few bricks in my collection from Virginia as they all came from the demolished Virginia Pipe Works.
|The Virginia Brick & Tile Co Mark|
"Major William Clatworthy, manager of the Virginia Brick and Tile Company blew out the remaining stumps of the trees that had been cleared. He would plant the detonators with his teeth and those who watched him expected to see his head blown off. Fortunately, that event never occurred."
The School was eventually completed in 1920.
It would be good to know when this company began and ended. Maybe it was taken over by another brickworks or maybe it just changed its production from bricks to pipes only.