Convict Trail

11. The Brick Works

Brick Point at Opossum Bay was the site of the Port Arthur settlement’s brick works and pottery from 1831.  A building survey undertaken by Henry Laing in 1836 showed two structures: a substantial brick kiln and a large open sided brick drying shed.  From 1837 architectural ceramics such as flat gutter and paling tiles were made and by 1840 unglazed domestic pottery wares including flowerpots were being manufactured.  The site is now private property, but some of the remains can be seen from the foreshore walk.