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A blog about the history of the former Melbourne municipality of Collingwood.

29 March 2013

Earth works 52/12/3 #earth #fp13

A lot of earth has been removed as part of these excavations in Smith Street. At least there is currently a not-before-seen view of the former Foy and Gibson buildings.

This photo is part of the Flickr Friday Photos group under the theme of "Earth".

Join the Friends of the Earth! 52/12/2 #fp13

The Friends of the Earth in Smith Street are a Collingwood institution. This photo fitted beautifully into the Flickr Friday Photos theme of "Earth".

Mater Street Community Garden 52/12/1 #fp13

Earth is tilled and is the source of produce here at the Mater Street Community Garden.

This photo is part of the Flickr Friday Photos group as part of the theme of "Earth".

15 March 2013

Smith St Collingwood landscape 52/10/1 #fp13

This photo has been submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society as part of the Flickr Friday Photos Challenge under the theme of "Landscape".

This photo is iconic Collingwood. Former Foy & Gibson buildings are seen in the distance over a developer's hole and the whole is brought together with a wall covered with graffiti and event advertising. And there is even a parking meter!

Foy & Gibson Collingwood landscape 52/10/2 #fp13

This photo is submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society as part of the Flickr Friday Photo Challenge under the theme of "Landscape".

Although the Foy and Gibson factories have long since stopped turning out their comprehensive range of products, the chimneys still dominate the landscape of Collingwood as they have done for a century.

The Star

The new bar and eatery is using all the ground floor including both the corner area and the shop front.

The Star

This is the Star Hotel in its latest role, happily back to an eating and drinking place with burgers and sliders on the menu. It all looks delicious.

You can find more information about The Star Hotel here on the Society website.

Collingwood domestic dwelling landscape 52/10/3 #fp13

This photo is submitted to the Flickr Friday Photos Challenge under the theme of "Landscape".

This shot gives a good impression of the Collingwood landscape: Victorian cottages, a Victorian church, cars and a truck all towered over by the public housing towers that resulted from 1970s "slum clearance" and interspersed with greenery.

08 March 2013

International Women's Day 8 March 2013

International Women's Day 8 March 2013 365/67 #2013PAD by Hecuba's Story
International Women's Day 8 March 2013 365/67 #2013PAD, a photo by Hecuba's Story on Flickr.

Today the 8 March 2013 is International Women's Day.  The colours, Green, Violet and White, shown above in the lavender favours on a white background reflect the heartfelt cry of women for enfranchisement: Give Votes to Women!

On this day it is timely to reflect on the composition of the former municipality of Collingwood's Council.  The municipality of Collingwood, then East Collingwood, came into being in 1855. By 1955 when the municipality celebrated its centenary with great excitement over its achievements there had not yet been a woman elected as Councillor.

Collingwood had to wait another eight years until 1963 when Rita Jamieson was elected as the first woman on Collingwood Council. Rita was an active member of the Union of Australian Women (UAW) and one of a number of women from the Victorian  branch of that organization who successfully broached the male bastion of Victorian local government.  Another example, Nola Barber, who was the first woman Councillor for Chelsea in 1948 (and later stood for Federal Parliament), was a founding member of the Australian Local Government Women's Association.

Rita Jamieson joined the UAW after the Labour Party split when ALP members were accepted.  She was a member of ALP Abbotsford branch, vice President of Waterside Workers' Women's Committee and vice President of Australian Union of Women at the time of her election. She was a Councillor until her death in  1970 when her vacancy on Collingwood Council set the scene for the election of Caroline Hogg who later became first female Mayor in 1978/79. Rita Jamieson fought to improve conditions for working class women and children and was involved in the setting up of an after school program in Collingwood.

Did you know Rita Jamieson or do you have any stories about her that you would like to share with us?  We would love to hear from you.


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