What is significant?
Potential archaeological remnants of a large Brickwork, built c.1885 and operating to around 1935, within the T.A. Cochrane Reserve, Collier Street, Preston. The southern and western portions of the T.A. Cochrane Reserve where structural remains of seven former brickwork buildings and deposits associated with brick making may be located and the remainder of the T.A. Cochrane Reserve where structural remains of one other smaller brickwork building, and deposits associated with brick making may be located are significant.
How is it significant?
The Collier Street Brickwork is of historical and archaeological significance to the City of Darebin.
Why is it significant?
Historically, the site is significant for its connections with Francis A. Harris, one of the early brick makers in the Preston area, and President of Preston Shire 1892-1893.
It is also significant for its association with the brick manufacturing industry. This industry was one of the most significant industries in the municipality during the late 19th century, and (among other things) has directly shaped the built environment in the immediate area. The presence of numerous workers terraces nearby (including Builder's Terrace on Hotham Street), built to house workers for the local brickyards, testifies to this and represents the 'Development of Local and Regional Economies' in the City of Darebin.
Archaeologically, it is significant for its potential to provide archaeological information, and thus contribute to knowledge, about this locally significant industry during the period 1880 to 1940. Furthermore, information might be gained about the economic and social relationship between the brickworks and the growing suburb of Preston and also the material culture of the brickworks employees.