Australian Tesselated Tile Company

Workers outside the Australian Tesselated Tile Company
NP480 Workers at the Australian Tesselated Tile Co works on the return of Mr E. E. Walker from overseas

The Australian Tesselated Tile Company was established in Mitcham in 1886, south of the station. It almost collapsed after the end of the land boom of the 1890s, then recovered to become one of the world’s great tile works, making a greater range of tiles than other known tile works, in Australia or overseas.

The chimneypots of theThe chimneypots of the Australian Tesselated Tile Co.
NP216 Australian Tesselated Tile Co. Works c1940

“The Tess”, as it was known, was a major local employer and thanks to the suitability of the clay was able to produce a great variety of products from small tesselated tiles to glazed wall tiles and roof tiles. The company ceased operations in 1966.