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Letter from Sir Littleton Groom dated June 26th 1905


Letter from Sir Littleton Groom dated June 26th 1905

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Physical description

A letter written on both sides of three sheets of P.& 0. Steamship Company writing paper, which have been folded in half along the short axis. The letter is dated June 26th 1905 and starts 'My Darling Wife / Australian anniversary day and I am out on the deep blue waters / of the Great Australian Bight.' At the top right of the pages is an image of setting sun with a ship and a palm planted island in the foreground.

Statement of significance

The Sir Littleton Groom collection consists of eleven objects relating to the political career and achievements of this long-serving Australian federal politician, Minister and Speaker of the House of Representatives. These items include gifts given to Sir Littleton Groom, commemorative medallions, items relating to the conferring of his knighthood and souvenirs.

Sir Littleton Ernest Groom was an administrative and constitutional lawyer and a federal politician who held office as a Member of the House of Representatives (1901-1929) and as Speaker of the House of Representatives (1926-1929). As a politician he was a protectionist and a strong nationalist. Many of the causes and issues he took up in the course of his parliamentary life were directed towards national development and the assertion of Commonwealth power over the States. In his various Ministerial roles Sir Littleton Groom negotiated with the States over the federal capital site, was instrumental in establishing a Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics and drafted and carried through the Parliament legislation for the provision of old age and invalid pensions. As Minister for External Affairs he presented a bill to provide for an Australian High Commissioner in London and he held the portfolio of Attorney-General for four years from 1921, during which time he extended the industrial powers of the Commonwealth and introduced a public service superannuation scheme. Groom was an enthusiastic supporter of the war effort, and served as assistant Minister for Defence and later as Vice-President of the Executive Council. Sir Littleton Groom was knighted in 1924, made Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1926, and presided over the first parliamentary sittings in the new Parliament House in Canberra.

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