Went round to visit a dear friend of mine Brigitte the other night. She lives in the "Old Curiosity Shop" which her and her late husband Ian lovingly restored a while ago. It is such a beautiful home which was originally built by James Warwick over 142 years ago. The 19th century miners cottage and garden walls are encrusted with a lovely patina of shells, mirrors, glass, china dolls, figurines, teapots, pebbles, etc.
Warwick emigrated to Australia, and became a chimney maker and bricklayer. He used traditional mortar of lime and sand to decorate his small cottage with shells. Children living by the goldfields also sold him (for thruppence or sixpence) broken china and china dolls to continue his work on the house. The project took 40 years to complete.
The house is now the private residence of Brigitte and I am very lucky to visit a part of Ballarat history whenever I pop round...
The following 2 photos below are of Mr & Mrs Warwick Circa 1895