Old Red Brick Co.

Adelaide Old Red Brick

The Old Red Brick Co. is South Australia’s leading supplier of old red bricks.

All of our bricks are sourced from the demolition of houses built in the 1920s to the late 1950s.  The bricks are transported to our yard, hand cleaned, sorted and then stacked onto pallets of 500 bricks each.

While there have been hundreds of different varieties of old red bricks produced in South Australia over the last century, we sell four main categories of bricks, these being Shales, Pressed Reds, Wirecuts and Sandstocks.  We also separate our bricks into face bricks and seconds bricks.

We only categorise our bricks by these four types of brick, not quality or grade.  Therefore there may be a certain proportion of bricks in any given pallet that will be unusable depending upon the purpose and aesthetic of your project.  It is for this reason that we recommend allowing for a certain percentage of wastage when planning a project using old red bricks.

As the colour and texture of our heritage bricks can vary quite dramatically depending largely upon when and how they were manufactured, we strongly recommend that all customers attend our brickyard to view and select their bricks before purchase.  This ensures that customer expectations of our products are consistent with the product supplied.  If for some reason it is not possible for you to visit our site, then we are able to email photos of the prospective bricks prior to the completion of any purchase order.

It is important to consider a number of factors when planning a project with recycled old red bricks.

  1. All recycled red bricks will have chips, blemishes and residual lime mortar; irrespective of the type of brick purchased. In many respects this is what adds to the character of our bricks. However; if you are looking for a brick without these characteristics then a new brick may be a more suitable option.
  2. Some Old Red Bricks are brittle & will break easily. This means that certain types of bricks are more suitable for projects then others. It also means that despite our best efforts there may be some broken bricks on a pallet.
  3. A pallet of bricks will have a certain percentage of unusable bricks in it; despite being sorted and graded. The number of bricks in a pallet that are unusable will depend on what the bricks are used for and how selective the person using them is. However; we always recommend allowing for additional bricks when placing an order.
  4. Recycled bricks will vary in size. Whilst we try to sort our bricks as consistently as possible; we have found that even bricks recycled from the same house can vary in thickness and length.
  5. Supply can be limited. Our supply of Old Red Bricks is contingent upon the type and number of houses we demolish. As such; it may not be possible for us to fill large orders at any one time dependant on normal market forces of supply and demand. If you have a project that requires large volumes of bricks; please give us as much notice as possible.

If you are looking to purchase bricks then please read our Terms and Conditions of sale.

Old Red Brick Co.



90 Degree Herringbone
45 Degree Herringbone
Stretcher Bond
Basket Weave


Flemish Stretcher Bond
English Bond
Flemish Bond
English Cross Bond
Scottish Bond
American Bond


English Bond
Flemish Bond
Colonial Bond
Stretcher Bond


Flush Joint
Concave / Ironed Joint
Ruled Joint
Cut & Struck Joint
Weatherstruck Joint
Tuck Pointed Joint


(General measurements only. Individual brick weights and measurements may vary)

Individual Weights and Measurements
Name Width Length Thickness Weight
Sandstock Bricks 110mm 225mm-230mm 68mm-72mm 2.1kg-2.8kgs
Shale Bricks 110mm 225mm-230mm 75mm 3.5kgs
Pressed Bricks 110mm 230mm 75mm 3.5kgs
Wirecut Bricks 105mm-110mm 225mm-230mm 70mm-75mm 3.3kgs-3.4kgs
Standard Pallet 1110mm-1116mm 1110mm-1116mm 103mm-104mm 17kgs-25kgs
Weights and Measurements Per Pallet
Name Width Length Thickness Weight
1 x Pallet Sandstocks 1200mm 1200mm 803mm-808mm 1425kgs
1 x Pallet Shales 1200mm 1200mm 902mm-904mm 1775kgs
1 x Pallet Wirecuts 1200mm 1200mm 902mm-904mm 1725kgs
1 x Pallet Pressed Reds 1200mm 1200mm 902mm-904mm 1775kgs

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