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Front verandah

Fairbank front verandah

Dining room party

A party in the dining room, aka old schoolroom.

Ambient lighting

Ambient lighting

A little bit of Fairbank House history

Originally named "Rosebank", the house dates from at least 1895.  House names were the means of identifying addresses, and having "Rose" in the name was a fashionable trend started by "Rose Villa", which was built by George and Melissa Greene in September, 1862  (thanks to S. Collicoat for the information).

"Rosebank" belonged to the Berryman family. Originally, William Berryman married Jane Toy in 1855 and came to live in Maldon. They had 10 children. One of these, probably Arthur, brought an old schoolroom on to the site he had acquired in Ireland St (now the dining room) and lived in it while he built the house, with its riverboat chimneypots, beautiful iron lace, and doorknocker that rings a bell.

Another son, John, established himself as a fine bootmaker and glove maker in Maldon in Berryman's Bootshop. He married May Thomas in 1903 and they moved into "Rosebank". They had three children, one of whom died aged one day. Their daughter, Dory Ethel, married Jim Taylor in the 1930s and newlyweds again moved in.

At that time, the existing dining room was a kitchen, with its bread oven and open fire place with a trivet for cooking. The room had two entrances, the front door and another to the east, entry from a path coming up the side of the house. In the 19th century, prone to fire, kitchens and "wash houses" were separated from the main house by a "breeze way" - a verandah. Jim Taylor built a new kitchen and a bathroom for Dory in the breeze way and connected the new kitchen internally to the old room, closing off the side entry.

The Taylors also had three children. Jim was of quite some status in Maldon, President of the Easter Fair, President of the Maldon Football Club and the Maldon Brass Band Leader. "Rosebank" lost its name when someone broke the ruby glass above the front door. The house was now "the Taylor place" and quite a social centre. Football club celebrations, Easter Fair planning, band practice (?!) and many family celebrations occurred around the billiard table that Jim installed in the old room.

The Taylors sold "the Taylor place" in the 1970s to Roma McCubbin from Bendigo, and it was acquired in 1981 by the present owners.

Coming from Bendigo, Waddingtons have a similar story as the Berrymans, where the family home was called, fashionably, "Fairbank".