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Torrensville - Heritage Listed Hoffmann kiln by J Hallett & Son 1912. South Australia

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*Brickmaker’s dinner to celebrate opening of the Hoffmann kiln. On Saturday night the directors of J Hallett & Son, Limited, entertained their employees at dinner at the Arcadia Cafe, to commemorate the opening of the Hoffmann kiln which has been installed at the brickworks, Torrensville. There were about 170 employees present, and the Chairman of Directors (Mr John Hill) presided. After full justice had been done to the many good things provided, the usual loyal toast was submitted by the Chairman. Mr G Stratton proposed “J Hallett & Sons Limited” and referred to the enterprise of the company in erecting such an up-to-date plant, which was probably the finest in Australia. The work of constructing the kiln had been entrusted to Mr A Whiting, of Mile End, and it was evident from the results now being obtained that the plans and specifications had been faithfully carried out. The kiln had a capacity of 380,000 bricks, and the weekly output would be 100,000 bricks. Mr Hill responded in behalf of the company, and referred to the excellent support which the proprietors were receiving from the men. In behalf of the proprietary he presented Mr Job Hallett, who was the originator of the business, with some handsome pieces of silverware. Mr Charles Willcox supported, Mr Hallett replied, and referred to the gradual growth of the enterprise from an insignificant concern to its present enormous proportions. Mr T Hallett gave 'The Employees' and spoke of the harmony which existed between the workers and the company. There were men now with the firm who had entered the employ of his father as boys, and they had never experienced any industrial trouble. He also thanked Mr J Grant, of Victoria, for supervising the construction of the kiln. The first round of burning which had been completed that day, had been a complete success. The toast was responded to by Mr Porter. Songs, recitations, and musical items were supplied by Messrs D N McPherson, H H Metters, C Bath, and Jack Cooper. [Ref: Register (Adelaide) 10-6-1912] *Floods at Welland At 5 o'clock on Monday morning the Torrens ran a banker at Torrensville and Welland, and, breaking out on the northern side, quickly flooded the brickyards and pugholes, subsequently involving brick-makers in extensive damage. It is the worst flood since 1915, and it was estimated by Mr J Hallett that the loss all round would run into many thousands of pounds. Pugholes belonging to the Welland Brick Company, J F Attiah, Hounslow's Riverside Brickworks, A E James, and J Hallett & Sons, Limited, were filled. At Hallett's a large drying shed holding a million and a half bricks was inundated, and as the earth subsided there was a continual rumbling of bricks falling over. Mr Hallett said the loss would amount to more than £3,000. The flood also filled Barry's pughole, at which place three kilns were washed out. The water then came across like a tidal wave to Hallett's, where two holes, one five acres in extent and 20 ft deep, were quickly filled. It is estimated that it will take three weeks before the water soaks away. The flood waters have caused most loss to householders in the inundated area around New Hindmarsh, Welland South, and Torrensville. Gardens have been submerged, and those who rely on gardening products for a livelihood have lost heavily. The water got into the majority of the properties—some of the houses having a couple of feet of water in them, cellars have been flooded, and edibles damaged, labels washed off jams and sauces. A boat was requisitioned to convey several people to safety. Furniture has been spoiled, and in some cases removed from the homes. [Ref: Observer (Adelaide) 16-6-1923] *Brickworks and Floods In view of the decision of the Government to make immediate repairs to the break in the river bank, the directors of Messrs J Hallett & Son, Limited, have decided to commence manufacturing bricks at their Welland works at the earliest possible date. The managers report that the cleaning up after the recent flood is progressing, and they are hopeful of starting operations with one machine early next week. They anticipate having bricks ready for delivery from the Welland yard in about six weeks. In the meanwhile, to meet the situation and to keep their men employed, they are working the machines at the Torrensville works two shifts a day. [Ref: Observer (Adelaide) 6-10-1923] *A social was tendered on Saturday evening to Mr Job Hallett (managing director of J Hallett & Son, Limited, of Hindmarsh and Welland) on the eve of his departure for England by the ‘Mooltan’ on Thursday. Every brick company in the metropolitan area, in addition to the Littlehampton Company, was represented. In behalf of the gathering Sir Frank Moulden (Chairman of directors of the Metropolitan Brick Company) presented Mr Hallett with a handsome wallet. The toast of 'Our guest' was honoured at the instance of Mr C B Bourn, who appropriately referred to Mr Hallett's sterling qualities, and also gave a brief and lucid address on 'Unanimity.' The success of the social was in a large measure due to Mr Bourn's untiring enthusiasm. Mr Hallett will be accompanied on his trip by Mr G Dabinett, who came to Adelaide 45 years ago with Mr Hallett, as a fellow passenger on the ship ‘John Elder’. They will both visit old haunts at Kingsbury, Somersetshire. [Ref: Register (Adelaide) 4-3-1924] *New Brickworks Very good progress is being made with Messrs Hallett & Co's new brickworks at Poonindie, and it is expected that bricks will be on the market in about six weeks' time. Some little time ago Mr Harris, of Millers Lime Co, took samples of the clay over to Adelaide and had a number of bricks burnt, the result was highly satisfactory. The bricks made are hard and true to shape with very good edges, or "arrisses" as they are technically termed. The sample bricks are on view at the showrooms of Millers Lime Co, in Waymouth Street, Adelaide, and have been favourably commented on by many leading builders and bricklayers. [Ref: West Coast Recorder (Port Lincoln) SA 24-11-1927] *Pen Portraits of People-Founder of Brick Firm At the age of 74 years Mr Job Hallett (managing director of J Hallett & Son Limited brickmakers) is an active worker in the business which he founded about 45 years ago. Mr Hallett was born in Somersetshire, and his only education was at a night school before he came to Australia at the aged of 24 years. As a youth he worked in brickyards in England and Wales. For several months after arrival in this State he was farming at Riverton, but later returned to the brickmaking industry, working at Hindmarsh with the late Mr T T Brown. Mr Hallett was a young man when he laid the foundation for the present brickmaking business, which is the largest of its kind in South Australia. His first works were at the corner of Chief and Fourth streets, Brompton, in a yard previously operated by the South Australian Brick Company. As he progressed Mr Hallett acquired other yards in the district, some of the smaller ones have worked out since. Those in existence are at Grange road, Welland, Taylor's road, Torrensville, John street, New Hindmarsh, West Thebarton road. West Thebarton, Coglin street, Brompton Park, and Poonindie, Port Lincoln. Those works turn out many thousands of bricks a year. Mr Hallett has been managing director since the business was formed into a limited company in 1911. He watches the latest developments in the brick trade: and his one hobby is his work. Mr Hallett was a member of Hindmarsh Council for two years about 20 years ago. [Ref: News (Adelaide) 10-4-1929] *Danger From Pughole Fire The Town Clerk (Mr C E Wyett) told the Thebarton Council last night that rubbish tipped into Hallett's pughole, River Road, Torrensville. had caught fire the previous night and there was a danger of its spreading to Hallett and Son’s sheds. The fire was under control, but might smoulder for weeks. Councillor F G Phelps asked if something could be done to prevent inflammable material being tipped into the pughole by people who visited the site at night with motor cars and motor lorries. The Mayor (Mr A G Inkley) said that it was difficult to detect offenders. [Ref: Advertiser (Adelaide) 5-10-1939] *HALLETT - On 27 October at his residence, 9 Grange Road, West Hindmarsh, Job, beloved husband of Caroline Jane Hallett. [Ref: Chronicle (Adelaide) 31-10-1940] *Death of Mr Job Hallett Mr Job Hallett, who died recently, was born in Somerset, England, in 1855, and came to South Australia at the age of 22. He was employed on a farm at Riverton for a short period, but then moved to Hindmarsh, the centre of the brickmaking industry, having had experience in the work in England. He was employed by the late Messrs Tom Sherring and T T Brown, and in 1890 started brickmaking on his own at Brompton. In 1904 he took his son, Mr Thomas Hallett, into partnership and expanded the business, which became the limited company, J Hallett & Son Ltd which is now established at Hindmarsh, Welland and Port Lincoln. The works are the largest of the kind in South Australia and employ 170 men. Mr Hallett was the first to manufacture roofing tiles successfully in the State. He was a member of the Hindmarsh Corporation, a foundation member of the Masonic Lodge. Hindmarsh (King Edward VII), of which he was a trustee for a number of years. He leaves a widow, five sons — Messrs Thomas, Jack, Geoffrey. Charles and George Hallett— and one daughter Mr[s] N L Sellars. There are ten grandchildren. [Ref: Advertiser (Adelaide) 1-11-1940] *Death of the Founder of J Hallett & Son Ltd Mr Job Hallett, who died recently, was the founder of the firm of J Hallett & Son Ltd, which owns and operates the Poonindie Brickworks. Mr Hallett had experience in brick making in Somerset, England. 1904 he took his son Tom into partnership and expanded the business, extending to Port Lincoln some 12 years ago. The firm's head works are at Hindmarsh, where 170 men are employed. Mr Hallett was aged 85. [Ref: Port Lincoln Times (SA) 7-11-1940] *Poonindie Brickworks Sold The firm of J Hallett & Son Limited has sold its Poonindie brickworks to Mr M A Bascombe, of Port Lincoln, who took over on Monday. The works have been operated by the former owners for 27 years. [Ref: Port Lincoln times (SA) 4-11-1954]

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