Flooring: Asphalt flooring repair

Asphalt and bitumen has been used in Australia since the early 1800’s. The earliest recorded usage of these materials is found in convict work schedules from Tasmania, where it was used to coat timber blocks for town road construction.

Date
1 April 2000
Publisher
Heritage Office
Type
Heritage publications, Maintenance series, Publication
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 1-87641-5452
  • File PDF 208KB
  • Pages 13
  • Name flooring-asphalt-flooring-repair.pdf

Asphalt is everywhere. It is the curse of urban landscapes along with concrete but it still has some unique features that have been used historically in terrace backyards, factory floors, tennis courts, railway platforms and to graze children's knees in school playgrounds.

In Sydney, some excellent early examples of sheet and block asphalt survive.

Asphalt paving blocks measuring 250 mm. sq. x 125 mm were used in London in the 1830's1 for roads and similar hexagonal blocks have been recovered from East Sydney Technical College. In the 1830's the Champs Elysees was paved with asphalt blocks 300 mm thick.