Quest to uncork winery cellar history
LOCALLY made colonial bricks marked with a unique ‘J–R’ recess or ‘frog’ indentation on their laying surface are being sought locally to help date an old cellar at Coorinja Winery, about 5km south of Toodyay.
Coorinja owner Michael Wood is keen to hear from anyone with other buildings made from similar bricks as his winery prepares to celebrate its centenary in August.Read more
Mr Wood said the J R initials were used by colonial brick-maker John Riley, whose bricks have also been found in Culham.
He believed the bricks were made from local clay and baked in earth on the ground instead of fired in kilns.
Beth Frayne, from the Toodyay Historical Society, has written that J R bricks with a wide groove between the initials (left, above) were made before 1867, and those with a narrow groove (below) after 1869.