1870 clay deposits were discovered in the Lithgow Valley
in the vicinity of the Lithgow Valley Colliery. A brick
and pottery works were opened
there in 1877 with additional clay also being obtained from
deposits near the Mt Clarence Railway Station.
25 years of operation, the works were enlarged with at least
80 different types of pottery being produced. Local coal
was used to fuel the kilns.
making eventually declined due to an increase in the numbers
of competitors in Sydney. Clay pipes however, were continued
to be made to supply the local market until 1946. Brick
making persisted at the site until 1977 when the site was
closed by the State Pollution Control Commission (Cremin
etal, 1986, p5).
Tourism acknowledges and appreciates the History excerpts
taken from the
Economic Development Strategy for Lithgow which
was researched and compiled by Economic and Community Development
Class, University of Sydney October 1996