Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex
The Nunawading and District Historical Society Inc. maintains a furnished cottage (c1885) built from local stone, a barn, wine cellar, blacksmith's shop, smokehouse, a museum and an orchard and domestic machine area.
This collection is housed in a cluster of buildings surrounded by 2.25 hectares of garden, orchard and bushland in Mitcham, to the east of Melbourne. The buildings include an original pioneer's cottage (c1885) built from local stone by German-born pioneer, August Schwerkolt, together with a slab barn, wine cellar, blacksmith's shop, stone smokehouse, and a museum, built of local stone and timber to complement the cottage. The complex and collection are owned and operated by the Whitehorse Historical Society Inc. The collection includes costumes, lace, handicrafts, tiles and clay products, orchard farming implements, toys, blacksmith's forge and tools, antique furniture and domestic equipment. The emphasis of the collection is on local and social history. Special collections include an excellent textile collection from the 1800s to the present day and a wide range of locally-made clay products, produced by the many brick and tile works established in the area in the early 1900s. This includes documents, photographs, maps, newspapers, oral histories and ephemera tracing the region's development from agricultural to a residential and industrial suburb.A collection of farm implements is housed in the Orcharding Display Shed and the new Visitor Centre includes interpretative projection displays.
This collection documents the local history of the City of Whitehorse region. It provides insights into life back in the 1800s and the agricultural machinery and processes used to create and maintain the orchards on Melbourne?s eastern perimeter. The collection also documents aspects of Melbourne?s clay-based industries.