This section is from the book "Modern Buildings, Their Planning, Construction And Equipment Vol5", by G. A. T. Middleton. Also available from Amazon: Modern Buildings.
Australia has excellent limes of all kinds, and creek sand is generally available, while there are also good colonial cements.
Grouting is more often resorted to than in English work, the "Billy can" being quite a bricklayer's tool, as are also the bolstering chisel, heavy hammer, and special brick hammer made necessary by the hardness of the bricks, which are often beyond the range of trowel cutting.
The joints follow the usual range of flat, cut and struck, ruled and cut, weathered, etc., a beaded joint being much seen of late years.
The London practice of raking out the face joints and pointing in cement is but little seen; in so dry a climate this is perhaps not necessary. Some good work has been done with a slate-coloured joint formed with black foundry sand and dark lime, which sets very hard and lends solidity of colour to the red brickwork.