In May 1899, Francis Albert Thomas began homesteading on SW25-34-28W, near present-day highway #83 between Kenville and Durban. He discovered a good deposit of clay on his property so he built a kiln to make bricks for the construction of his home. His bricks were white in colour, achieved by adding limestone to the mixture to whiten the clay, and were marked “F.T.” He employed three workers circa 1900 but his brick yard did not operate after 1904.
Manitoba Brick Yards by Randy Rostecki, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch Report, May 2010.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 May 2020
A history of the manufacture of bricks and concrete blocks in Manitoba, based on research by Randy Rostecki for the Manitoba Historic Resources Branch and supplemented by information compiled by Gordon Goldsborough of the Manitoba Historical Society. .
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We thank Hugh Arklie, Gordon McDiarmid, and Heather Bertnick for their help in the development of this online guide. Financial support of the Thomas Sill Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. Additional information was provided by Ina Bramadat, David Butterfield, Neil Christoffersen, Frank Korvemaker, Ed Ledohowski, Ken Storie, Lynette Stow, and Tracey Winthrop-Meyers.
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