Bendigo Pottery craftsmen’s initials

This list of initials used on Epsom ware from 1968 to date was provided by Rod Thomson of Bendigo Pottery.


Initials Name Date joined Date left
A.G. Alec Gill Jan 1935 Apr 1986
A.L. Allan Letts Jun 1940 Aug 1974
P.D. Peter Devanny Jul 1971 1979
D.C. David Crothers Apr 1973 Jan 1974
S.M. Stephen Miller Feb 1972 Mar 1973
G.I. Gary Ingham May 1975 May 1976
W.A. William Akkermans Aug 1973 1984
K.H. Ken Hovenden Apr 1972 At least 1980 [1]
T.J. Tom Johns Mar 1972 Feb 1973
M.C. Malcolm Cooke Nov 1971 May 1973
N.M. Neil McGrath Apr 1974 Jun 1975
K.T. Ken Tresize Aug 1972 1982
N.A. Neil Appelby Mar 1977 1979
A.D. Adrian Denham Jan 1976 Jul 1979
P.B. Peter Boyle Dec 1988 Jan 1992
G.B. Greg Bulger Aug 1984 Apr 1996
T.E. Terence Emond Sep 1978 1980 [2]
R.F. Ricky Fuzzard Aug 1979 Feb 1985
J.K. Joseph Keene Jan 1984
D.M. Doug Macauley Dec 1988
N.M. Neil McGrath Mar 1984
S.M. Suzanne Metcalfe Mar 1990
L.R. Leigh Royle Jun 1990
I.R. Ian Thurrowgood Jan 1991
D.L. David Lyons Jan 1990 Oct 1993
R.W. Richard Walsh Apr 1994 Dec 2000
R.W.* Richard Wade Oct 1996 Mar 2002
B.H. Bruce Heggie Jan 1999 Nov 2003
R.H. Robert Henderson Jul 2000
G.M. Graham Masters Nov 2003
G.J. Gary Johnstone 2000 2003
G.S. Graham Skinner Aug 2002 Jan 2007
B.N. Barry Norman Mar 2007
G.H. Gretchen Hillhouse Nov 2003
J.F. Jo Fraser Nov 2003
D.S. David Stuchbury Feb 2008

Jolley hands

Initials Name Date joined Date left
N.B. Noel Bailey 1968 1973
J.H. John Hubbard
R.G. Rodney Green Apr 1973 Jun 1974
R.S. Roland Sharpe Jan 1974 Jul 1974
B.D. Blair Dutton Aug 1973 Jul 1974
D.R. Donald Richardson Jun 1975 Apr 1977
I.P. Ian Preston Jul 1955 Feb 1997
J.M. Justin Mollison Aug 1975 Feb 1977
K.P. Kevin Priest Jan 1977
K.C. Ken Campbell Jan 1977 1990
D.J. David Johnston Apr 1984 May 1985
P.K. Phillip Kiley Apr 1984
C.M. Colin Morris Jul 1983 Apr 1985
B.M. Brian Murdoch Oct 1979 1981
H.P. Harold Palmer Apr 1984
M.P. Mody Porter Feb 1977
T.R. Terence Rogers Mar 1979


Initials Name Date joined Date left
T.T. Trevor Tresize Aug 1972 Apr 1973
D.L. Debbie Lee Aug 1984
W.C. Wendy Cheyne 1984 1987

1. Ken Hovenden was still working for Bendigo Pottery in 1980 when he was sent to the US for a year (information provided by his son).

2. A jug with the initials T.E. and the date 2 81 suggests he was still working there in 1981.

Plus, these additional decorators were included in the table of craftsmen’s initials in Paul A. Scholes, Bendigo Pottery, Kilmore, Vic. : Lowden Publishing, 1979, p. 232.

Initials Name Date joined Date left
F.G. Frank Gill Nov 1934 Aug 1969
T.M. Tom Metcalfe 1968 1973
T.H. Tom Hicks Aug 1971 May 1973
W.B. Wally Blandford Apr 1955

Other initials identified

I.E. Ivan Eales, J.E. Jeff Eales; also Jeff Eales’ wife (information provided by Andrea below). A.N.G. is likely to be Alan Neal Gillingham who started at the Pottery in 1983 (information provided by Lily below via Bendigo Pottery).

Initials not yet identified

B.J., S.R.


40 thoughts on “Bendigo Pottery craftsmen’s initials

  1. I have two large 36cm high x 20cm dia what looks to me like pottery pickle jars… no lids . One is marked
    Bendigo Pottery
    The other is unmarked and has blemishes but is identical and perhaps a factory second purchased at the same time..
    They have no initials or other markings.
    Any help would be great.


    Posted by Marcel Tabone | April 27, 2013, 1:19 pm
  2. Hi Marcel, with the information here and in the Bendigo Pottery entry in Australian Potters’ Marks you now know as much as I do. Perhaps Bendigo Pottery itself, which is still in operation, could be of further help.


    Posted by Judith | April 27, 2013, 1:47 pm
  3. Yes makes sense.

    Thanks Judith.


    Posted by Marcel Tabone | April 27, 2013, 2:40 pm
  4. I have a Bendigo Pottery what looks like a coffee pot or maybe a tea pot. It is marked Bendigo Pottery, has a handle and on the top of the rim several small holes set out in a square, maybe a strainer for tea. I cannot see any other marks. The lid has a tiny heart on it. I would very much appreciated if you could tell me the date it was made and perhaps the value.

    Many thanks



    Posted by Holly Weston | January 23, 2014, 3:28 pm
  5. I have a Bendigo pottery vase with the initials IE on the bottom, but can’t see these intials above. Is this person a more recent addition to the staff?


    Posted by Roger Size | April 20, 2014, 11:36 pm
  6. Hi Roger, did you manage to find out who IE is. I have a sauce/gravy jug which also has IE stamped on the bottom. The Throwers initial is AL (Allan Letts) in the Bendigo Pottery Epsom stamp.The bottom is also stamped “HÄNDMADE STONEWARE” I also have several other pieces with Thrower’s initials AL & AG but no other initials on the bottom. Curious hey?


    Posted by Philip Kent | October 10, 2014, 9:25 am
  7. Hello I have a small Bendigo Pottery carafe with Australia stamped instead of Epsom the initials are J.K which I am assuming is Joseph Keene, only thing is I am sure this item was purchased late 1970’S and Joseph commenced with Bendigo pottery in 1984 have I mistaken the time I purchased this carafe?
    Most of the pottery I have viewed has Epsom instead of Australia as part of the stamping is there a significance in this.
    Thanks you for your time and any information is appreciated regards Mary


    Posted by Mary | February 2, 2015, 2:08 pm
  8. Hi. I have a jug with initials TE. The jug seems to have a 2 81 date on the bottom but your list shows TE [Terence Emond] leaving in 1980. I got the jug in 1981. Is it still likely to be Terence Emond?


    Posted by Lee Moles | March 29, 2015, 11:01 am
    • Hi Lee, All we have to go on at Australian Potters Marks is the list but if the 2 81 mark on the bottom of your jug is a date, this does suggest that Terence Emond was still working there in 1981. The list is based on records held by Bendigo Pottery so it might be worth taking your query there.


      Posted by Judith | March 29, 2015, 11:16 am
  9. Hi I have a 1930’s Bendigo pottery vase, with the letter S and the number N24 on the bottom, does anyone know what the marking mean. I was told it was the prototype made by the head potter.


    Posted by Dallas.dianne@gmail.com | May 7, 2015, 7:54 pm
  10. The initials IE were Ivan Eales, he was the brother of Jeff Eales whom was also a potter there as was his wife.


    Posted by Andrea | August 14, 2015, 9:24 am
  11. Thank your Andrea. What would have been the initials used by Jeff Eales’ wife, I wonder?


    Posted by Judith | August 14, 2015, 9:54 am
  12. I have a jug from the 1970s with initials MH stamped as well as a signature that starts with Jus__ and a single V. Can you glean anything from that?


    Posted by Caroline Greenwood | November 8, 2015, 4:24 pm
  13. Everything I know is in this list and the full Bendigo Pottery entry here. To find out more you would probably do best to ask at Bendigo Pottery. If you find any information please let me know, and it would also be useful if you added your images to our photo pool on Flickr.


    Posted by Judith | November 8, 2015, 5:26 pm
  14. I have a large Bendigo Pottery Epsom 27 Acid Jar. Stamped on the front “SULPHURIC ACID” and around the top is pressed the words ” Commonwealth Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited” with another mark of an incomplete diamond shape with what appears to be a sickle inside it pressed into the pottery. Just wondering if anyone can help me with any other info re date etc.


    Posted by Jenny Hamilton | November 18, 2015, 12:39 pm
  15. Thanks so much for your help Judith !!!


    Posted by Jenny Hamilton | November 18, 2015, 9:25 pm
  16. I Was given a pottery set that was from a coworker’s family estate. The initials are RCM. Would anyone know who this is?


    Posted by Malilka White | December 3, 2015, 12:26 pm
  17. Hi Malilka, the Australian Potters’ Marks website is not set up as a forum but rather as a place to record what we know so far. RCM is not on the list of Craftsman’s initials so if you want help with this piece, you might do best to ask at Bendigo Pottery itself. If you get an answer to your query, please let me know so that I can add the initials to this list.


    Posted by Judith | December 3, 2015, 12:53 pm
  18. Hi. I found a piece of Bendigo pottery from maker GM, Graham Masters. This piece is both hand signed and dated 7-4-03 which predates your site stating he began in November. Mentioning this for reference sake and can give photos of both the piece and dating for documentation If interested message me back on my email address. A better than usual 21st century piece as they are not often signed and dated.
    Thank you


    Posted by richard | January 10, 2016, 7:14 pm
  19. Thanks Richard, I will email you.


    Posted by Judith | January 10, 2016, 7:35 pm
  20. Hi, i have a brown coffee mug with the embossed pattern of a the front of a train with capital embossed name BENDIGO on 1side and a mining structure on the other. There isnt any other inscription on it. Is this a bendigo pottery item?? Much appreciated.


    Posted by Chrys | January 15, 2016, 4:20 pm
  21. I have a bendigo pottery stamp here with the initials S.R… not on your list above


    Posted by Rob | May 29, 2016, 2:10 pm
  22. I have 2 bendigo pottery goblets with A.N.G. initials. Can you tell me who the initials belong to? Thanks for the fantastic reference site you’re maintaining. Very much appreciated.




    Posted by Lily-Anne Kerr | August 14, 2016, 5:46 am
  23. If these initials are not on the list, I can’t help. You could try asking Bendigo Pottery.


    Posted by Judith | August 14, 2016, 9:13 am
  24. Hi
    I contacted Bendigo Pottery and asked about the initials A.N.G. There reply was that it’s likely Alan Neal Gillingham who started at the Pottery in 1983.


    Posted by Lily-Anne Kerr | August 24, 2016, 7:33 pm
  25. Hi lily, that’s great to know.


    Posted by Judith | August 24, 2016, 10:05 pm
  26. I have a large 15L pot with the initials
    N.B. Noel Bailey. 1968 – 73
    My question is does anyone know if lead was used in the inner glaze in those days?


    Posted by alex8lygnos | November 19, 2016, 6:26 am
  27. hello. First time here. I have a Bendigo Pottery 1858 jar which has the stamp of coffee on it. It also has a kangaroo , a map of Australia with a urn like object in the middle and an emu on the other side. Also has maybe wheat stems on each side . Never seen this before. I guess there maybe similar sugar jars as well as possibly flower jars with similar pictures. Can anyone shed any light on this as there are no initials or markings anywhere else?. Thanks


    Posted by robert | March 9, 2017, 10:32 pm
  28. I have pottery with the initials S.R any info on this?


    Posted by Frank | April 17, 2017, 1:36 am
  29. Hello, I wonder if you could help me please, I have a small Bendigo canister like a bread crock shape that is not glazed at all it, but it does have the Bendigo stamp on it.

    Thank you Kaye


    Posted by Kaye | July 31, 2017, 3:32 pm
  30. Hi Roger, have you got any dates from when Ivan Eales worked at Bendigo Pottery? Thanks Warwick


    Posted by Warwick Phillips | October 7, 2019, 6:12 pm

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