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H9556 Brick mould and stocks (2), for making bricks by hand, convict origin, stamped on iron side panels 'BOSTON', wood / iron, maker not recorded, location not recorded, c. 1850. Click to enlarge.

Brick mould for handmaking bricks

Made c 1850

This is a brick mould and stock for making hand-made bricks. Bricks were made by first finding a suitable source of brickmaking clay, moulding this into brick shapes, then air or sun drying before firing. Brickmaking was one of the first industries in Australia, with convicts employed to undertake the backbreaking work of digging out the clay, preparing it by weathering, soaking and kneading it to form a thick pliable pug, making the bricks, and pulling loaded carts of them around the settleme...


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Object Statement

Brick mould and stocks (2), for making bricks by hand, convict origin, stamped on iron side panels 'BOSTON', wood / iron, maker not recorded, location not recorded, c. 1850

Physical Description

Brick mould, for making bricks by hand, wood / iron, in three pieces; the sides of a rectangular box and two similar pieces to create a top and bottom; each piece made of timber and iron; the piece comprising the sides is constructed so that the inside surface of the sides is iron (2 sides of metal and timber, 2 sides of metal only). Each top/bottom piece is basically timber, with a metal flanged edge towards the inner surface. Outer surface is flat. Inner surface becomes convex within metal edge border (to create concave top and bottom of bricks). Top and bottom fit very loosely into sides, [convict origin], unknown maker, [mid 1800s]
Marks: stamped on iron side panels: "BOSTON", stamped on underside of base and top: "BO" surmounted by upward-pointing arrow, similar stamp on outer side wooden side panel
265 x 139 x 80mm
Some surface oxidisation of iron



c 1850



This object is part of the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) collection which was donated to the Powerhouse Museum in 1981. The Society was formed in 1901 and is the oldest historical society in Australia. As a result many of the objects they collected are of great significance to Australia and to New South Wales. Some are associated with people and families like the Marsdens, Henry Parkes, Mawson, and John Verge. Others like the convict handcuffs and the Ben Hall 'Wanted' poster aresignificant relics from Australia's past. The importance of the entire collection and the way in which it was acquired adds to the significance of this object.


Credit Line

Gift of Royal Australian Historical Society, 1981

Acquisition Date

23 June 1981

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Brick mould for handmaking bricks 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 February 2020, <>


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