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MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Johnson [Johnston] Yard

A directory of brick-making in Manitoba

A directory of block-making in Manitoba

People involved in brick and block-making in Manitoba

A glossary of terms relating to bricks and blocks

In late August 1904, H. Johnson [Johnston] arrived in Brookdale to start a brick-making factory on the east side of the village. By early September 1904, the yard was reported to be in full operation, with the expectation of turning out a first batch of bricks. Unfortunately, this was the last time that this yard was mentioned in the local news.


Carberry News, 26 August 1904, page 8; Carberry Express, 1 September 1904, page 1; Carberry News, 17 February 1905, page 8; Neepawa Register, 2 March 1905, page 7; Carberry News, 24 February 1905, page 8; 12 May 1905, page 8; Brookdale Community, 1878-1967 (Carberry: News-Express, 1967), page 11.

Manitoba Brickmakers by Hugh Henry, Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, 1992.

Manitoba Brick Yards by Randy Rostecki, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch Report, May 2010.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 May 2019

Leary Brickworks

Manitoba Bricks and Blocks

A history of the manufacture of bricks and concrete blocks in Manitoba, based on research by Randy Rostecki for the Manitoba Historic Resources Branch and supplemented by information compiled by Gordon Goldsborough of the Manitoba Historical Society. .

Bricks | Blocks | People | Glossary

We thank Hugh Arklie, Gordon McDiarmid, and Heather Bertnick for their help in the development of this online guide. Financial support of the Thomas Sill Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. Additional information was provided by Ina Bramadat, David Butterfield, Neil Christoffersen, Frank Korvemaker, Ed Ledohowski, Ken Storie, Lynette Stow, and Tracey Winthrop-Meyers.

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