The kauri-constructed Ewelme Cottage has a link with the Anglican community in Auckland, the dwelling designed and built by the Reverend Vicesimus Lush (1817-1882) and his wife Blanche in 1863-64.
Located close to the prominent Anglican community in Parnell, the house enabled Lush's sons to attend the Church of England grammar school while he was attended to his pastoral duties.
Lush was frequently away on extended absences, particularly after being appointed 'Visiting Clergyman to the Inner Waikato' in 1865. Ewelme was extended 18 years after it was originally built and remained in family hands till 1968.
Some architects have suggested that the design with ground floor rooms laid out progressively along the axial length of the building, rather than having a conventional front and back, displays an influence from medieval British dwellings, and a religious consideration of the time which sought to blend medieval architecture into contemporary architecture.
Ewelme Cottage is of considerable importance for its well-preserved interiors and furnishings, and provides great insights into colonial building materials and techniques as well as middle-class domestic life.
It boasts close to 2000 books, hundreds of pages of sheet music, original artworks and a vast array of everyday objects from ointment pots to knitting needles. Its well-preserved 19th century garden adds further charm to a visit.
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Crammed with objects telling tales of the busy daily life of a Victorian clerical family