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Bakewell Brothers
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The brothers William, John, and Thomas Bakewell, together with their widowed father Christopher emigrated to Sydney from Derbyshire England in the 1860s. As trained builders and bricklayers, they established a business constructing terrace houses around Sydney in suburbs such as Redfern, Darlington, Camperdown, Paddington and Potts Point, some for sale and some as rental properties. In 1884, William and Thomas established their own brickworks at Macdonaldtown in Sydney (the location changing to Erskineville in 1893). Soon after, they began producing a range of salt glazed pipes and industrial pottery, the name of the facility being known as 'Beulah Steam Brick and Pottery Works'. In 1891, the firm began production of Bristol glazed domestic pottery and in 1893, 'The Building & Engineering Journal' praised Bakewell Bros' production of architectural terracotta which included chimney pots, ventilators, moulded bricks, garden vases, pavers and edging tiles. By 1902 the firm used machines capable of turning out up to 2000 wall and floor tiles per day. At this time, it had city showrooms in Hunter Street Sydney and employed around 250 workers though by 1911 the firm claimed that a shortage of trained labour had reduced staff numbers to about 170. In 1913, the firm was incorporated as a limited liability company becoming Bakewell Bros Ltd. After World War I, the company became well known for its range of domestic ware including 'Beulah Ware' (from the mid 1920s) and 'Newtone Art Pottery' from c1937. The works finally closed in 1955.
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