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Convict-made brick with an 'O' stamped in the centre of one face

2002.0020.0001

Convict-made brick with an 'O' stamped in the centre of one face

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Physical description

Convict brick with an "O" stamp in the centre of one face.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of five convict bricks that were purchased at public auction. The vendor is a private collector who advised that at least two of the bricks are from the Windsor/Richmond area of New South Wales.

The convict era has long been of interest to historians but ordinary Australians have often been less than willing to embrace their convict origins. The shame of convict ancestry has only recently been replaced by pride. It is perhaps partly due to this shame that little material culture from the convict period remains. Convict-made bricks, because of their very nature, are among these few surviving objects. They provide a link to the earliest days of the British settlement of Australia.

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