An Edwardian Entrance
From the first stair turn the marvellous stain-glass window looms above . The Arts and Crafts ideal was for beauty and functionality to combine harmoniously. Thus, this window and the casement windows in the upstairs drawing room have understated Art Nouveau designs that do not impede incoming sunlight.
Also in Arts & Crafts style, much of Edwardia's furniture is oak.
Beneath the stairwell window and in the James Dawson room there are reproductions of some of John Gould's 600 Australian bird prints, originally executed between 1840 and 1848.
As you turn away from the window there are more reminded of Asian influences on Edwardian Australia.
The Upstairs Hall-way
At the top of the stairs to the right above the alcove you will see several Australian aboriginal implements. The shield is made from red-gum and covered with incised ancestral designs.
The remaining walls of the lower hallway display early paintings of the Heidelberg School of Impressionist painters incIuding Louis Buvelot, Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin. The Buvelot print is of Wannon Falls, which is accessible from Edwardia via the North-western Day trip.
On the right hand wall of the upper hallway there are three paintings of early Melbourne.
In contrast, the left hand wall has a series of Japanese wood-block prints by Sharaku, reproduced on fabric.