11 Groom Street Clifton Hill, a photo by Hecuba’s Story on Flickr.
This house at 11 Groom Street Clifton Hill was where Rita Jamieson’s father lived for a time during the First World World War. Rita was the first woman Collingwood Councillor, elected in 1963. You can see more details of an earlier layout in this turn of the century Melbourne and Metropolitan Boards of Works map. You can see the bath, copper and kitchen sink marked as well as the closet. You can also see the relationship of this single-storeyed, single-fronted house to the related pairs of houses at 3-5 and 7-9 Groom Street and to the shop on the corner.
Hi Anne & Collingwood Hist. Soc. colleagues, Thanks for your note about 11 Groom Street. I often walk in the area and have mused about the row, starting with the ex-shop on the SE corner, and next the striking pairs (3-5, 7-9) with no. 11 beside. Is anything further known about who built them and when? Very much in the style of the boot factory further up Groom Street.
These buildings certainly create interest because the style is different from most housing in Collingwood. They were built around 1890 and were owned by Jason Fraser, or possibly owned jointly by Jason and his brother Robert. The two were contractors so it is a fair guess they built the houses themselves. Jason and Robert lived in two of the buildings at first, letting the others, but seem to have moved elsewhere within a few years. Which boot factory do you mean?