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A Surprising Find: Thomas Balls Pottery

Event Information

  • 21 May 2012 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • History House, 133 Macquarie Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: $10 RAHS members, $12 non-members. Includes light refreshments.

This talk, by archaeologist Dr Mary Casey, investigates the pottery from waster pits associated with Thomas Balls pottery (c1801-1823) in the Haymarket. This is the earliest pottery site investigated so far in Australia. Thomas Ball was a Staffordshire-trained potter operating a pottery in the Brickfields (now the Haymarket) and produced a range of locally-made wares, a mixture of utilitarian items and decorated tablewares, as well as smoking pipes and marbles. The tablewares imitated Staffordshire ceramics while others were decorated with unusual green and brown floral hand painted patterns. Aspects of the kiln and manufacturing process are discussed. Thomas Balls ceramics are also discussed within the context of other pottery imported into the colony at that time.