OUR HISTORY

Willis and Williams' brickyard circa 1970
(original brick kilns on William Street)
Demolition conducted by Old Red Brick Co. in early 1990s

Founded in 1986, the Old Red Brick Co. is a South Australian owned and operated brick recycling and demolition company.

 

The company occupies the site of the old Willis and Williams’ brickyard on William Street in Beverley, South Australia; and it is from that brickyard that William Street derives its name.

 

Established in 1882, William Willis and Solomon Williams were the first brick manufacturers in the region known as York and they continued to produce bricks on the William Street site until 1972.  York was subsequently renamed Beverley in homage to the town of Beverley in Yorkshire, England; a famous brick making region.  By the early 1900s,  there were nine major brick works in Beverley (others included Freburg Brick Works, James Brickyard and Chas Bourne & Son).  Much of Adelaide’s rich architecture owes its existence to these early brickyards.

 

While the Old Red Brick Co. was originally dedicated to the recycling of old red bricks, by the early 1990s it had begun to perform residential demolition in order to source its bricks.

Old Red Brick Co. is primarily a demolition company however it still recycles and sells Willis and Williams’ brick, stamped with the ‘W & W’ insignia, on the same land as the clay was excavated and the bricks were moulded and fired all those years ago.

 

Old Red Brick Co. is proud to be the predominant surviving link to the rich brick-making heritage of Beverley and ultimately South Australia.

OUR BUSINESS

We conduct residential, civil and commercial demolition, and specialise in the removal of asbestos and in the demolition of structures containing asbestos.

We provide services relating to the renovation of old character homes as well as modern venues, driveways, retaining walls and feature walls.  We are proud to stock the largest range of heritage brick products in South Australia, including recycled old red bricks and our unique Brick Veneer product.  We also stock a variety of recycled stone and timber products.

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