Surrounded by a neat little garden, the colonial cottage now functions as a museum and allows its visitors an opportunity to view life as it was at a time that we’ve only heard of or read about.
The prim little cottage with its white fence and clusters of plants gathered lovingly about it appears ageless and timeless like a lady who has failed to age, simply because of her charming demeanour. Stepping inside however, you are immediately thrown into an era that is bygone, but nonetheless possessing its own allure. This museum cottage in Wellington is indeed a window to look at the past and showcases the lifestyle of a Victorian couple who lived there in the middle of 19th century in New Zealand.
It is not surprising that this Colonial cottage museum is the oldest building in the entire city of Wellington city. So well deserving of its place as “Category 1” as classified by the New Zealand Historic places of Trust, the cottage today is a tourist attraction and functions as a museum for the general public. The quaint little cottage has once been the first abode of one Willaim Wallis and his lady who have travelled from England and taken up to settling here. The cottage that was built in a Georgian style in 1848 is found in Nairn Street in Mount Cook, Wellington. The articles within the cottage also belong to the family while only a few has been donated by other families. The cottage also has a typical rural garden surrounding it, with flowers and shrubs and some vegetables growing there. There is also said to be a chicken coop in it with heritage breeds of chicken. The cottage now functions as a museum and there is a tour guide who can be quite eloquent about the conditions of that era as well as regarding the family who lived there. While the abode itself is quite small, the numerous old household articles seem to give insight to an incredible amount of labour that has gone into completing every task, at a time when the modern technological discoveries were scarce or unheard of. In that respect most people find the cottage a refreshing change and indeed the museum has quite a throng of viewers per day.
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