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Victoria Rules

  • Darren Taylor
When her grandmother died, Katharine Love and her mother turned this 19th-century home in Auckland Park into a museum to live in.
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A 19th-century house in Johannesburg is chocked full of toys, furniture and the brooding style of South Africa's ruling upperclass when Britain's Queen Victoria ruled. Photo by Darren Taylor.
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A 19th-century house in Johannesburg is chocked full of toys, furniture and the brooding style of South Africa's ruling upperclass when Britain's Queen Victoria ruled. Photo by Darren Taylor.

Victorian hosts entertained in a gloomy drawing room crowded with elaborately patterned wooden chairs, thick carpets, massive mirrors rimmed with gold, sparkling silver cutlery and polished ebony tables. Photo by Darren Taylor.
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Victorian hosts entertained in a gloomy drawing room crowded with elaborately patterned wooden chairs, thick carpets, massive mirrors rimmed with gold, sparkling silver cutlery and polished ebony tables. Photo by Darren Taylor.

Love lives the Victorian life in her 22-room mansion. She cooks Victorian recipes without a microwave oven and sleeps in a teak four-poster bed. Photo by Darren Taylor.
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Love lives the Victorian life in her 22-room mansion. She cooks Victorian recipes without a microwave oven and sleeps in a teak four-poster bed. Photo by Darren Taylor.

Stern and uncompromising portraits of Victoria Regina hang in many of the rooms of Lindfield House. Photo by Darren Taylor.
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Stern and uncompromising portraits of Victoria Regina hang in many of the rooms of Lindfield House. Photo by Darren Taylor.

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