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An Arts and Crafts Villa - Ballarat

This impressive Reformist (Arts and Crafts) style villa in the suburb of Wendouree in the provincial Victorian city of Ballarat was built for successful local paint and hardware businessman, Thomas Jefferson Haymes.


Built in the years just after the Great War (1918), the choice of the rough cast stuccoed brick wall treatment on the villa is very in keeping with the Arts and Crafts Movement, as is the wide front gable and the restrained use of decoration - most noticably the use of brown and red feature bricks. The designers Percy Richards and Herbert Leslie Coburn of the Ballarat firm Richards, Coburn, Richards have shown admiration for the Arts and Crafts movement by making the bricks real features in their design and layout across the differing sections of the facade.


The garden of Mr. Haymes villa was designed by famous and influential landscape designer Edna Margaret Walling (1895 - 1973) and features her trademark low garden beds, expanses of lawn and ornamental trees.


Arts and Crafts houses challenged the formality of the mid and high Victorian styles that preceded it, and were often designed with uniquely angular floor plans.


Comfortable and very English, this house would have appealed to Mr. Haymes, for as a respected businessman, his home would have shown respectablity and not inconsiderable wealth.


The colourful history of Haymes Paint began when Thomas Jefferson Haymes, opened a combined paint contracting and general hardware

business in a small shop in Ballarat. In a bold move in 1935 Henry Haymes, son of Thomas, left the family company to start his own paint manufacturing business, Henry Haymes Pty Ltd. It wasn’t long before the new business was enjoying considerable success and was able to open additional stores in Geelong, Bendigo and Melbourne.

David Haymes took over the role of Managing Director in 1974. Under his leadership, along with his vision of “every person in Australia having the opportunity to try his products”, the business has continued to grow. The Haymes family however, no longer own the family villa built for Thomas Jefferson Haymes and his wife Sarah.


Edna Margaret Walling was one of Australia's most influential landscape designers. She was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the village of Bickleigh in Devon, England. When she was fourteen years old she emigrated to New Zealand and three years later moved with her family to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Edna Walling studied horticulture at Burnley College in Melbourne and after some years as a jobbing gardener she commenced her own landscape design practice in the 1920s. Her designs were heavily influenced by her experience of the Devon countryside as a child and designers such as Gertrude Jekyll. She was one of Australia's most successful landscape gardeners throughout the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.


Edna Wallings Victorian commissions included designing the lily pond for Coombe Cottage, Dame Nellie Melba's residence in Coldstream; Durrol for Mrs Stanley Allen in Mount Macedon; and Cruden Farm garden for Mrs Keith Murdoch (now Dame Elisabeth) in Langwarrin.


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Taken on May 12, 2012