The story of Victorians brick factory has been a popular one for the last 40 years.
In 1971, the then-19-year-old brickmaker, David Fisher, and his brother-in-law, Frank, began making bricks in a home in Haverstraw, Melbourne’s west, for a family business.
The brothers’ father, George, had already been working in the factory for years, and they were excited to make bricks for their new company.
“I was really impressed by the quality of the bricks we were making, and I thought, ‘I’m going to make my own,'” Mr Fisher told the ABC’s RN Breakfast.
With the money he’d earned from the previous years’ business venture, Mr Fisher started his own company in 1978, and by 1986, he was making bricks for other manufacturers.
His business soon flourished, and Mr Fisher became the world’s most sought-after brickmaker.
Mr Fisher was well-known around the country, with customers including US President Jimmy Carter, and Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
By 1989, he and his brothers had expanded to make a range of products, including industrial, residential and commercial brickwork.
But by 1993, they decided to close the factory and the family’s business.
“We’re really sad to be closing the factory, but we have a lot of bricks that we want to keep,” Mr Fisher said.
Victorian bricks are made from a variety of different minerals including copper, zinc and tin.
There are many different styles and finishes to choose from, including traditional, modern and industrial, with the most popular choice being modern.
According to Mr Fisher, many customers had been using his bricks for years before they were even offered to the public.
“It’s a bit of a tradition for people to get a piece of Australian history, and we don’t want that to change.”
He said that, even though he had grown up in Australia, he had never had the opportunity to work in a brick factory.
“You could go into a brick mill in the States, but in Victoria it’s pretty hard to get bricks.
If you want to make brick, you’ve got to have a bit more experience.”‘
The history of Victorias’ brick factory is rich with stories, stories of workers and their families.
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