This short film by year 5 & 6 students Mia, Georgia, Ieisha and Sharnie from Winchelsea Primary School describes the role of the butler at the Austin household: Barwon Park.
NARRATOR 1: Welcome to the Barwon Park Mansion. This video will explore the life of the butler in the 1800s. The Austin family had 26 servants, but one very important one was the butler.
NARRATOR 2: The butler polished the silver, which was a very important job to do. The butler also served the food to the table, which was a very long journey. It came from the kitchen, to the ladies pantry, then to the butler's pantry, then finally to the tables.
NARRATOR 3: Another one of the butler's jobs was to look after the keys to the cellar. The butler was also in charge of the servants. He also kept a good role with the serving bells. When the serving bells rang for a room, they would get up there as soon as possible.
NARRATOR 4: The butler had been treated in a more respectful way than other servants in the mansion. They wouldn't have as nice beds or even rooms. The butler had a great job. Even though the butler had worked and served at the Barwon Park Mansion, we still don't know exactly whether the butler had his own room in mansion or he had a house in Winchelsea.
NARRATOR 1: This was made by-- Mia.
NARRATOR 2: Georgia,
NARRATOR 3: Ieisha
NARRATOR 4: And Sharnie.