Blacksmith's Cottage and Forge
Maintenance of complex: Buildings to house furniture/Artefacts in the style of the turn of the century. Cottage is pre-gold rush sandstone and weatherboard. Brick "Forge" Shop & Weatherboard wheelwright and paint shed, also earth closet and pavilion.
We hold a number of domestic items (furniture, kitchenware, parlour, bedroom) used in the furnishing of the cottage, including an extensive domestic textiles collection. We have some costumes. We have documents relating to the daily work of the smith and daily domestic expenses. In the forge there is a large display of tools used by the blacksmith. In the wheelwright shop there is a display of wheelwrighting, set up by Sovereign Hill. We also have a number of old horse-drawn agricultural machines. The collection covers the era 1850-1950.
Largely local significance, with some relevance to regional significance, economic development of the state, relevance to national events eg the Gold Rush.