The bedroom presents a picture of the era 1890 -1940, a time possibly before the advent of electricity and certainly before the advent of insecticides, spray starch, nylon and other synthetic fabrics, plastic, hair dryers – in many ways a simpler life than today, but involving much more work for the housewife, or, if she were fortunate, her maid.
The large brass double bedstead, complete with white mosquito netting trimmed with a lace valance, dominates this room. Its snowy white damask bedspread features a pattern of waterlilies and ferns. The pillow shams are of a delicate netting which matches the mosquito net above them.
The foot of the bed features two china ornaments which rotate 360°. These are decorated with pink orchids.
To the left of the bed is a marble topped stand with four floral patterned tiles as its backboard. On it are a candlestick and candle, a green vase, a floral patterned shaving mug and brush, a set of hair curling tongs. Also here is a washset, consisting of a bowl and ewer patterned in pink flowers. PHOTO HERE. Above this is a framed wedding photo of William Muller and his bride. This is of historical interest because William was the first “white” child born in Redland Bay.
On the front of the left wall is a framed photo of William James McCullagh taken on his first birthday. Sadly this little fellow lived to be only 42 years old, as the dates 1938 – 1980 below the photo tell us. Below this we find a green French balloon back chair.
To the right of the bed we see a carved timber wardrobe embellished with carved wooden floral motifs. On a timber stand on the right is a white cotton night dress trimmed with white cotton embroidery and a deep collar. It is accompanied by a white mobcap trimmed with beige lace. PHOTO HERE. This sits on the dressing table on the right wall. On this is a collection of items used by ladies in the early 20th century: a brush, comb and mirror set embossed with flowers and flamingoes, a tortoiseshell hairclip, a crucifix, a stand holding ten hatpins. These sit on a 5 piece duchess set embroidered with pale blue and pink flowers and edged with a fine crocheted edging of trebles and picots.
Hanging on top of the mirror is a black toque trimmed with a large pink rose.
A set of hair curling tongs and a metal container holding hair pins complete this lady’s toiletries. On a more practical note, a kerosene lamp sits on the right side of the dressing table!
On the floor are two timber shoe trees and on the wall a framed wedding photo of Mr. and Mrs. Beutel.
The room gives us a glimpse of an era long gone, one in which plastic was unknown and great attention to detail was given.