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Witbank House is a well preserved example of Maldon’s 1880s mine worker housing. It was the family home of the Crayford family, and remained in the family until well into the twentieth century.
William Crayford was a miner, tragically killed in a mining accident in 1894 at the Derby United Co mine, no more than a hundred metres away, leaving a pregnant widow and at least three children. An account of this tragedy from the newspaper of the day as well as other mining artefact and maps are showcased at the house.
The townsfolk built the extension to the original small cottage to the larger house you see today in a community effort for the widow Mrs Crayford. A picture of her taken in the front yard is also displayed. A number of years ago a descendent of the Crayford family spoke to a centenarian relative who, as a somewhat wayward child had been sent to live back with his Edwardian Grandmother at Witbank in 1918, and with great clarity was able to describe a silent house of spinster boarders, antimacassars and Queen Anne chairs.
Today, Witbank House is a light filled and lively family home. Four bedrooms, two living rooms, a country style kitchen featuring a modern Victorian style oven and dining room offer comfortable accommodation for families and small groups. Many period features of the original house remain – look for the irregular heads on the handmade nails in the Baltic floorboards and the stone step from the kitchen to the laundry worn down by nearly 140 years of housework!
Enjoy a drink on the veranda and watch the world go by or enjoy a reflective space in the large garden shaded by historic palm trees. There are still many old bricks and pieces of quartz in the garden which are relics of those heady days when the din of noise from the Beehive stamping battery across the road would have been deafening!
The Victorian Goldfields Railway Station is 500 metres in one direction and the town’s shops and cafés the same distance in the other.
Witbank has provided a home for miners, millers, mine managers and shopkeepers in this lively historical town! For larger groups Smith’s Cottage next door provides additional beds which can be booked via the website. We hope you will enjoy your stay.
1 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen
Sleeping1 King bed, 2 Queen bed, 1 Single bed
Heating/CoolingAir conditioning, Central heating, Fireplace
ParkingParking Included, Roofed carport
OutsideCharcoal grill BBQ, Private Garden