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Port Credit Brickyard
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Title: Port Credit Brickyard
Identifier: MC0269
Date of Original Photo: ca 1930s
Date Built: ca 1880s
Image Type: B&W Photo, 24.5x18 cm.
Subject: Brickworks - Ontario - Port Credit (Mississauga)

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Description: Thomas Nightingale opened a brick yard in Port Credit in the 1880s on the west side of the Credit River. (The Texaco Refinery would later be situated on that site.) Some years later a stone crusher was installed which increased the output of bricks. After 1900, because of a scarcity of labour, European immigrants, many of them Italians, were encouraged to work in the Port Credit Brickyard where bunk houses were built to house them. After World War I the brickyard began to operate at a loss and was eventually closed down in the late 1920s. An article in the Toronto Star of January 17, 1933 reported that the "property, buildings and equipment of the Port Credit brick works, along with the estate of the late W. J. Haney, owner of the property, were sold in 1929 to a group of Montreal financial interests represented by C. G. Greenshields, as part of the liquidation of the Home Bank assets, Mr. Haney having been a director of that institution." Fourteen acres of the property were sold in 1933 to the Lloyd Refining Company to erect "a modern refinery capable of handling 57,000 gallons of oil or 1,500 barrels daily." The original photograph is part of the William Perkins Bull Collection at the Region of Peel Archives.
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