Queensland Places - Dinmore

Dinmore, to the north-east of the city, was settled as early as the 1870s with development progressing more rapidly from the 1880s, as shown by the opening of a railway station in 1884 and the establishment of a post office a year later. As well, the Dinmore area has been home to several large collieries and brick and pottery works, including the Old Aberdare Mine (1870), the New Chum Colliery (1882) as well as the Dinmore, Hudson and Rylance brick and pottery works. A number of other mines have also operated in the area, namely the Belmont, Rhonnda, Rylance and Whitwood mines. A school was opened in 1891, further evidencing Dinmore’s growth and development, however this school was recently closed. The actual name Dinmore is believed to be derived from the name of an English village, in Herefordshire, called Hope under Dinmore, believed to be the original home of some of the area’s early settlers.

The Dinmore Pottery was opened in the 1880s, close to the original Dinmore settlement, almost by chance, rather than by specific forward planning. The original plan had been to establish a new mine shaft on the site, however the clay found there was of such a high quality that the establishment of a pottery and brickworks was thought to be a more viable proposition. Bricks were to be the main product produced until the turn of the century when the owners, Gilson and Rumble began making pottery and related items, as well as continuing with the production of bricks.

Dinmore Pottery Works, Dinmore ca 1898, State Library of Queensland Neg. No. 42127

This photograph, taken in approximately 1898, shows some of these goods stacked ready for sale, including pipes, pottery as well as what appears to be chimney pieces. We also see several workmen posed for the camera.

Dinmore remains a vibrant and important suburb in the city of Ipswich.

Brian Randall, Queensland Places Coordinator, State Library of Queensland


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May I ask when the Dinmore Pottery closed? I have read on another website that it closed in 1889, which cannot be true, surely? I also have the same [or similar] photo in my collection as you display, as it my belief my grandfather & great-grandfather worked there in the late 19th century & into the 1920's, unless there is another 'Dinmore Pottery' perchance?

Hi KevinThanks for your comment. Could you enter your question into our online enquiry form and our reference librarians will look into this for you. Here is the link - http://askslq.altarama.com/reft100.aspx?pmi=SEKkiqXPG2 RegardsMyles Sinnamon - blog editor

Hi , I would like to know the history of and also who was the original owner of the beautiful old Queenslander that was once on the very end of Queens rd Dinmore I once stayed there when I was a child for a short time . Is it still there by any chance ?

The Pottery closed around 1975-78. A fire closed the glaze room for ever in the early 1970's. Dinmore Pottery was in two sections , the glaze side and pipe side. The pipe side continued until the Pottery closed. All glazing was painted by hand .

I am the great grandson of the original owner of Reliance Pottery, Dinmore. My Grandfather Alfred Thomas Hudson, was the Manager,of the pottery, Together with his three brothers. I can only remember two of there names, Joe and Frank.My mother was Ella Hudson, daughter of Alfred.

The Pottery on the corner of Pottery Rd & Jacob St New Chum was demolished about 1983-84. My uncle was the contractor tearing it down. There was another 1 they called a pottery tucked in behind the Railway Station @ Ebbw Vale. But I only ever remember pipes being made there, it also was demolished late 80's or early 90's. I have lived here on & off since 1972,spent all my childhood here. I hope this helps in some way. C . Hibberd.