Rippon Lea's Victorian gardens are a legacy of the experience and vision of Adam Anderson.
Working Life at Rippon Lea
What was it like to work at Rippon Lea over 120 years ago?
What is it like to work there now? How have people’s jobs and working life changed over 4 generations?
This series of films compares the experience of work in the past at Rippon Lea with comparable occupations and people working today.
Film maker Catherine Gough Brady reseached the stories of the gardeners, cooks, housekeepers, chaiffeur and grooms who worked at Rippon Lea and then found people working in similar jobs today in the local community.
This project was funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Environment as a Community Heritage grant.
Head Gardener, Mr. Adam Anderson 1882 - 1903 discusses a morning of problems he experienced once at Rippon Lea.
The School Teacher
Mrs Ferguson was the Governess for the Sargood family in the late 19th Century and in charge of the children;s schooling. (Actor: Kristina Benton)
Mrs Ferguson discusses the day she had to help the family through the grief of a still birth.
Charles Pitman tells about his discovery of an intruder in the Rippon Lea stables.
Charles Pitman talks about the fight and aftermath after finding horse thieves in the Rippon Lea stables.
Lily Lees had had not only to run the Jones family household but manage the evacuation of the children the Polio epidemic of the 1930s. (Actor: Amanda McKay)
Lily Lees has to search everywhere because Mrs Jones lost broach has become her responsibility.
Sarah reflects on her new electrical appliances like a refrigerator that make Rippon Lea a state of the art place to work.
John explains the simplest way to grill fish.
Mr. Whybrew worked in London in many odd jobs with horses before coming to Melbourne and being the Sargoods Coachman.
Mr. Whybrew describes the tricks of the trade as he manages to collect the Sargoods from an evening soirree.