A fascination for chimneys and rooftops developed from childhood film favourite Mary Poppins. Featuring a very sooty scene on London rooftops complete with singing and dancing chimney sweeps and fireworks and ending up with votes for women in an elegant house. What’s not to like about that?
Apparently New Zealand was the first country to grant votes for women in 1883 and Australia in 1902 was second(earlier in South Australia). Something not to be proud of in our history is that Queensland and Western Australia barred Aborigines from voting until 1967 and most Indigenous Australians in the other states were not made aware that they had the right before then. For anyone interested in reading more about this you can visit the Australian Electoral Commission.
But I digress, back to chimneys. Listen to “Step in time” from this scene but don’t blame me if you find yourself humming it for the rest of the day, it’s very catchy. One early childhood memory has me standing on top of a dog kennel with an open umbrella, jumping off just like Mary Poppins, but sadly not floating gently down.
An attribute that really draws me to old houses is the detail included on functional parts of the building such as chimneys. Everything was made to look attractive on these homes. Whilst I like modern homes too for their simplicity and easy upkeep, it is really old homes that grab my imagination. Our suburb consists mainly of 1920’s to modern day homes with a couple of Victorians dotted here and there so not a lot of decorative detail. In the nearby swanky suburb of Canterbury however, I can soak up decorative details on lovingly restored old homes from the Victorian, Edwardian and Between the Wars eras, as I walk along it’s leafy streets. Here are some chimneys that I thought you might like.