Bringing an iconic Kangaroo back to life
The inspiration for our Kangaroo design was born from the iconic Kangaroo Island fire-bricks created by The Hog Bay Brickworks in Penneshaw, South Australia, 1905-1910. Sadly, production of the Kangaroo Island fire-bricks was short lived, and ceased when heavy winter rains flooded the mine.
Too good to leave in the past, we've proudly brought the character of this Kangaroo Island icon back to life and registered our Kangaroo design as a trademark. You’ll find our beloved Kangaroo on our Australia made t-shirts, Kangaroo Island bags, magnets, caps and more. The shape of our KI & Co. Australia logo also pays tribute to the KI fire-brick and to where our little business began as Kangaroo Island and Co.
The Hog Bay Brickworks were located near where the Penneshaw Penguin Centre stands today. The story goes that when the mine ceased operation many of the bricks were simply pushed into the ground and covered in what now seems like a buried treasure.
The mine was about 16 kilometres southeast of Penneshaw and whilst much of the material was suitable for the finest varieties of China, the discoloured china clay was used in the manufacture of the charming KI fire-bricks and a variety of other fire resistant implements.
Even though the mine only operated for a relatively short time, it certainly left its mark on the island. The Kangaroo Island fire-bricks are much sought after with people sentimentally incorporating a brick or two into their home, garden path or patio.
For those interested in more history of the mine, the original crushing mill of two stones, each weighing between 3 and 4 tonnes, is on display in the front yard of the Penneshaw Maritime and Folk museum. The museum also has a collection of photographs of the mine and its surrounds.