As a city we’ve grown over more than one hundred and eighty years, street by street, suburb by suburb and brick by brick. Now part of that amazing story is available to us all at Beverley in Adelaide’s western suburbs… where the old beehive brick kiln stands as a monument to another time.
Located at Toogood Ave, the Charles Sturt Council has spent half a million dollars preserving what remains of Adelaide’s brickmaking heritage at the James Family Brick Kilns.
Right next door, the enormous green space near the kilns covers just one of the many old pug holes where clay was sourced to make the bricks that made much of Adelaide.
So much of what we take for granted in the older parts of suburban Adelaide came from this heritage precinct. In the Beehive kiln they fired ornate products like glazed bricks featured in verandahs like the ones you commonly see at Colonel Light Gardens. In fact thousands of bricks were needed for new suburbs – built as part of the State Government sponsored ‘thousand homes’ scheme.