Sandstock / Convict Bricks

Sandstock / Convict Bricks

Convict made bricks commonly known as Sandstocks can date back to the first settlers when the bricks were laid out in the sun to dry as opposed to the kilns used today to make bricks. These bricks are the oldest of all bricks found in Australia and may have distinctive markings on the surface of the brick such as diamonds, clubs, or the ace of spades. Although finding sandstocks with these markings is not uncommon there are even more unique markings that are not so obvious to the eye at first such as animal markings in which the wildlife ran across the sandstocks while drying in the sun, or numbers or markings made on the surface of the brick by the bricklayer at the end of each row, They would mark the bricks with their own mark to help them record accurately the number of the bricks they had laid that day.

Sandstocks / Convict bricks look striking in feature walls and paving in high traffic areas due to their unique appearance. Often even half bricks are used in construction to set the theme in the project.