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Published April 8th 2017
Walk through and see the home of John Maynard
'Growing Up In Old Treasury' is one of the permanent exhibitions housed within the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street in Melbourne city. It showcases a faithful re-creation of the downstairs home of Old Treasury's caretaker John Maynard. The home was re-created from family records and recollections. John Maynard lived in the home from 1916 to 1928 with his wife and eight children.
Recently I had the opportunity to walk through and see the rooms of this basement home while visiting Melbourne.
The living room was where the wife made and mended clothes for the family. She would spend hours on the sewing machine. The kitchen was where meals were cooked and eaten. The family would all get together around the wooden table at mealtimes. The scullery was where the many laborious and tedious chores were done such as bringing in hot water for the bath, washing the dishes, preparing jam, etc.