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Bluestone Pavers And Tiles from Edwards Slate & Stone

Edwards Slate & Stone has implemented a quality control procedure from selection of Bluestone blocks to cutting and packing in the factory and finally delivery to our warehouse at 12 Lionel Road Mt. Waverley.
This ensures all the Bluestone/Basalt tiles sold through Edwards Slate & Stone is of a high standard.

Bluestone Pavers And Tiles from Edwards Slate & Stone

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Basalt Round Pavers

Basalt or Bluestone

Victorians have a local name for Basalt which is Bluestone. Basalt/Bluestone is a blueish grey stone used in building. Basalt is a volcanic rock which has been formed from the rapid cooling of lava. It has been used in Victoria as building stone since our inception and can be seen in many of our early buildings and churches.

Basalt or Bluestone?

Basalt is defined by its mineral content and texture, and physical descriptions without mineralogical context may be unreliable in some circumstances. Basalt is usually grey to black in colour, but rapidly weathers to brown or rust-red due to oxidation of its mafic (iron-rich) minerals into rust. Although usually characterized as “dark”, basaltic rocks exhibit a wide range of shading due to regional geochemical processes. Due to weathering or high concentrations of plagioclase, some basalts are quite light coloured, superficially resembling rhyolite to untrained eyes. Basalt has a fine-grained mineral texture due to the molten rock cooling too quickly for large mineral crystals to grow, although it is often porphyritic, containing the larger crystals formed prior to the extrusion that brought the lava to the surface, embedded in a finer-grained matrix.

There are two distinct building materials called “Bluestone” in Australia. In Victoria, what is known as bluestone is a basalt or olivine basalt. It was one of the favoured building materials during the Victorian Gold Rush period of the 1850s.

In Melbourne it was extracted from quarries throughout the inner northern suburbs, such as Clifton Hill, Brunswick and Coburg, where the quarry used to source the stone for Pentridge Prison is now Coburg Lake. Bluestone was also sourced in many other regions of the Victorian volcanic plains, and used in towns and cities of central and western regions, including Ballarat, Geelong, Kyneton, Port Fairy and Portland. It is still quarried at a number of places around the state.

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three generation of stone experience

Three Generations of Stone Experience

Three Generations of Stone Experience

Edwards Slate & Stone was established in 1922 and is still owned and operated by the family. Our suppliers are also long lived! This photo shows Steven Edwards with Mr.Tan and his daughter Claire. Mr.Tan has been supplying Edwards with stone products since the late 1970’s.

Edwards Slate & Stone is a third generation family business. George Edwards founded the business in 1922 as stonemasons and was succeeded by George Edwards junior who founded the slate and stone tile industry in Australia. The company tradition is now carried on by Steven Edwards who is proud to uphold the founding traditions of service, honesty and value for money.

Edwards Slate & Stone have been selling stone pavers & tiles since 1922. Our imported stone tiles are selected on the basis of its suitability for Australian conditions. This means they can be laid successfully using local methods.

Dark Grey Granite Tiles

About Granite Tiles From Edwards Slate & Stone

Edwards Slate & Stone stock four different variates of Granite, a black, light grey, dark grey and taupe.

The surface of the stone has been flamed to create a non slip surface making the stone suitable for use where safety is a priority. This applies to swimming pool surrounds and is useful in all outdoor applications.

All our Flamed surface tiles have been further processed to retain their non slip characteristics yet reduce the coarse feeling sometimes associated with non slip paving.

We stock large format sizes which tend to work better in outdoor settings, and keep in stock a complete range of bull nose and drop face tiles.