Ceramic Bush Buildings

Australian Ceramic Bush Buildings


Fred Hillier began his Bush Buildings Series in 1980 to preserve in clay the “Endangered Species of Australian Bush Architecture”. The scope of his work has been extensive with pieces being sought after by collectors worldwide. Although it is difficult to have a catalogue range in this series, we have some classics available, two of which are depicted below.



The Station Homestead - Front View
Homestead – front view
Size: 220mm x 220mm x 120mm high approx.

The Station Homestead - Rear View
Homestead – rear view
Price: $380

The Homestead: This building represents the home station of a farming or grazing property of grand dimensions. Many sheep and cattle properties in Australia are in excess of one million hectares. The homestead usually comprises a large main building with one or more outbuildings. The owner or manager of the “station” lives in the homestead and it is generally enclosed within a compound of fences, gardens, sheds, horse paddocks and trees, etc. It conveys an air of importance compared to other rural dwellings. The extensive verandahs provide a cool environment in which to relax during the hot Australian summer.

Our homestead is a 4-room, weatherboard and corrugated iron structure with an added kitchen, verandahs on three sides and two rainwater tanks. Out the back is a “dunny” (usually a little further away from the house than depicted here), concrete washtubs and a wood fired copper. Plenty of firewood is in evidence to keep the home fires burning. One can just smell the Eucalypt or Acacia smoke curling from the stone chimneys.

This ceramic reproduction is handmade using stoneware clay, fired to 1300 degrees C.




Squatter’s Cottage – front view
Size: 160mm x 160mm x 120mm high approx.

Squatter’s Cottage – rear view
Price: $180

The Squatter’s Cottage This model depicts the abode of a squatter – a pioneering grazier who settled on land in the Australian bush without first obtaining title of ownership. Squatter’s aims were to obtain title by “occupation” and consequently many built quite elaborate dwellings which indicated their intention to stay. The structure usually had more than one room and often a kitchen, a verandah and other domestic outbuildings.

The stonework in this dwelling is of the random rubble type. It is solidly built and has a substantial kitchen fire and oven. A corrugated iron roof, verandah and rainwater tanks were almost mandatory for this type of bush dwelling. Bathing was probably done in tubs by the fire and clothes washing in the concrete tubs out the back, hot water being supplied by the wood fired “copper”.

This ceramic reproduction is handmade using stoneware clay, fired to 1300 degrees C.






Many other Collector Series pieces are available on request. Please enquire about:

1.          The Settler’s Hut – Size: 140mm x 140mm x 120mm high - Price: $150

2.          The Outback Workers’ Hut – Size: 120mm x 120mm x 110mm high – Price: $100

3.          The Bush Church – Size: 90mm x 150mm x 130mm high – Price: $100

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