Bryant and May Factory, Melbourne

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The former Bryant and May factory

The Bryant and May Factory is located in the suburb of Cremorne in Melbourne, Australia. It was constructed in 1909 as the Empire Works to a design by prolific Melbourne architect William Pitt. It was purchased soon after by British safety match manufacturer Bryant and May, who significantly expanded the building, adding another level and the landmark clock tower.

Bryant and May were unique in that they operated as a model factory, providing workers with conditions and amenities which even today seem generous. These included a dining hall and sports facilities such as a tennis court and bowling green which were constructed in the 1920s.

Bryant and May ceased Australian match manufacture in the early 1980s as a result of import competition.[1] Their iconic Redheads matches are now imported from Sweden. The complex has since been converted for use as offices and showrooms but is extremely well preserved. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.


  1. ^ "60 DISMISSED.". The Advocate (Burnie, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 9 September 1932. p. 5. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 

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Coordinates: 37°49′46″S 144°59′49″E / 37.82944°S 144.99694°E / -37.82944; 144.99694