A Time Capsule in Hampton Road - The Markree* House Museum, Hobart
|What lies behind the gate and those two hundred year -old walls?|
|Not imposing perhaps, but important for other reasons|
|Scent, romance and naturalistic planting are the hallmarks of an Arts and Craft style garden|
|Hallway - simple, almost shaker style furnishings and finishes, but of high quality and using local timber|
|Ergonomic Staircase in Tasmanian Oak|
Unlike many earlier homes whose plans came directly from England, Markree’s living rooms face north and have the kitchen in the cooler part of the house. The pantry can be accessed directly from the street via a separate door and the house has an attached garage, which would have been quite novel in 1926. Practicality is also front and centre in the layout of the lounge, kitchen and dining rooms. A servery connects the dining room almost directly to the kitchen sink, while the cutlery and the Spode china are in cupboards above and drawers below, both of which can be opened from either side. Both the size of the lounge and the large stove and double sink suggest that the Baldwins enjoyed entertaining. The recipe books are well thumbed.
|Practicalities -Guide, Phillipa demonstrates how the servery worked between the dining room and the kitchen|
|A peek in the kitchen cupboard|
While Cecil worked with his brother as a landscape gardener, Ruth practised various crafts, especially woodwork. Her drop -leaf writing desk is particularly interesting because it features the Tasmanian blue gum, an Australian floral emblem, rather than a slavishly copied European one. Appreciation of Australian flora and the sense of an Australian identity were only starting to emerge at the time of Federation in 1901. Ruth also ‘repurposed’ long before it was fashionable. There are two charming cats made from a pair black stockingss among the toys and in the kitchen, there’s an apron made from a hessian sack but with a stylish cut and a trim of well -loved floral fabric.
|The secretaire and mirror were made by Ruth Balwin ca. 1905|
|Blue gum motif on the desk reflects surging national pride in the wake of Federation and growing appreciation of native flora|
|Henry's bedroom - straight out of Boy's Own|
|The toys reflect "a time of innovations in transport and other technologies"|
|However, the handmade toys created by his mother and aunts were also favourites|