In the late 19th Century, the Taylor family once lived in this weatherboard workman’s cottage, then located at 3 Meadow Street, Guildford. In 1983 the cottage was dismantled by volunteers and moved to its present location in the Guildford Museum Precinct. Step inside and marvel at how it would’ve been to live there. It is said that 13 children grew up there, although not all at the same time! The bedroom only has space for a tiny wardrobe and one small bed. Possibly the young children would have slept on the floor, or out on verandahs during warmer months.
The kitchen includes furniture constructed of packing cases, and an open fireplace which would have been in constant use for cooking and heating water for bathing and washing clothes. So much work to keep everyone clean, fed, and the house tidied after each meal.
See some of the tools Mrs Taylor and her daughters may have used to do the washing for a large family – a metal trough, scrubbing board, the reliable Sunshine soap, and wooden dolly pegs to hang the washing out on the clothes line.
A tour of Taylor’s Cottage ends at the authentic “dunny” in the backyard.