Last miniature mansion finds a home

LUCKY LAST: Miniature Muster office winner Robyn Allen with Deb Rowlands from The Gympie Times.
LUCKY LAST: Miniature Muster office winner Robyn Allen with Deb Rowlands from The Gympie Times.

THE last of Gympie’s miniature mansions has gone to its new home.

Robyn Allen said she was “very, very surprised” to win the Muster office replica. The detailed small-scale version of the original 1892 National Australia Bank building in Mary Street, now the well known CBD home of the National County Music Muster, took doll house architect James Dowdall about six months to construct and is valued at around $3500.

Robyn admitted her first thought was “where on earth am I going to put it?”

The mother of three grown children said she didn’t normally enter competitions, so to win something on the rare occasion she did, was what surprised her more than anything.

“I actually didn’t know exactly what it was; I didn’t realise it had furniture in it and that it was worth a lot of money.”

Robyn has decided to leave it in the safekeeping of her parents for now.

“We nominated my parents’ place to keep it for now and then when one of my children has a little girl – she has a doll’s house.”

Robyn said her parents, Ron and Julia Lawrence have always been very community minded and are sure to cherish the little bit of Gympie history.

The competition began with the selection, by public vote, to determine which of Gympie’s heritage buildings should be replicated for posterity.

The winning buildings were Neilson Stanton & Parkinson Solicitors and the Muster Office on Mary Street, plus Town Hall and Daze Gone By.

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