We are pleased to welcome Adam Magennis for our July Talking History as he delves into the skilled discipline of brick and stone masonry craft in the late 19th century in colonial Melbourne. He will focus on the Briars Homestead site in Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. The Homestead and its farm buildings were constructed by Emma and Alexander Balcombe during the 1840s. Notably, the Balcombe family hosted Napoleon during his exile in Saint Helena. Adam will explore late 19th century brick making production and processes, brick architecture and undertaking a brick analysis methodology for studying Victorian heritage listed buildings.
Adam Magennis worked as a stone mason and bricklayer before transitioning to a Ranger and Archaeologist for Parks Victoria and Heritage Officer for Mornington Peninsula Shire. Adam now facilitates Kaptify, where he consults in education, archaeological assessments, and artists residencies. He is a board member of Working Heritage Inc, which develops strategies for managing historic buildings and properties. Adam has studied archaeology and specialises in colonial brick architecture, Victorian coastal archaeology and is a practising artist. Adam lives in Mornington and is a Bunurong First Nations Traditional Owner.
Image: Courtesy of Kaptify