Step back in time with Nairn Street Cottage
Wellington’s oldest original cottage and heritage gardens once housed three generations of the Wallis family
Today, the guided tours run through what life was like for these early British colonists and their descendants from both social and technological perspectives. Each room represents a different era and takes you on a journey through time–the 1860s nursery, for example still features the original English wallpaper. Upstairs are the boys’ and girls’ bedrooms where three children slept in one bed. In one room sits a toy church the children could only play with on Sundays and underneath the bed lies a chamber pot they used to avoid the long hike to the outhouse at the back of the section in the middle of the night.
In the lounge, then 13-year-old Clara’s original cross stitch still hangs on the wall, and in the kitchen, you’ll find all-the-mod-cons era of the 1970s, including a TV and dial telephone. Take a close look at the walls and you can still see the original pencilled numbering on the boards.
Outside in the ‘engine’ room is where Judy explains all of life’s jobs were done. You’ll find a coal range, a copper washing machine, a wringer where clothes were wrung out, mangle/clothes press and even an original hip bath.
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