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Mansion St Mary's Laluma (1)

By architect , 1890 ?c



St Mary's Laluma (1)
Groom, Arthur C, MLA [-1890- ] Smith, Mr s Thomas [-1895 - 1903-] Mackinnon, Lauchlan C [-1934]

Street details

Orrong Road [w side, towards river end. MMBW ref]

Building details

58 J1-J2

Construction details

1890 ?c

Source, Ilustrations and Features

Robb, Early Toorak, 57 (illus); Paxton, Toorak, 12 illus [same as Robb], 26 map TS Note: Directory implies that St Mary's & Laluma are the same house. In 1891 name section Groom is listed as both Orrong Rd & Stawell St, Kew & in 1892 he is in South Rd Brighton (at 'Harefield', qv). Betty Malone, Notes on Prahran section 9 states that Laluma was built in the 1860s by Arthur Groom, businessman & close associate of Sir Matthew Davies. Groom later moved to Queensland & 'Laluma' was then occupied by Mrs Thomas Smith. TS Note: Biography of Groom in Vic & Met, ii, p 477 however, records that Groom came from St Mary's, Tasmania to Victoria in 1872. Elected as MLA for South Gippsland in 1886. S&M 1890 [1st listing] Groom, Arthur C, MP, Orrong Rd, Toorak (west side bet River Yarra & Struan St) S&M 1891 [govt section] Groom, Arthur C MLA, 'St Mary's', Orrong Rd, Toorak S&M 1895,1900 Mrs Thomas Smith 'Laluma', Orrong Rd. (west side bet Yarra River & Struan St, towards river end) Vic Rep Men, p36 Mrs Thos Smith gave an enjoyable dance at 'Laluma' on 5 Nov (1903). Argus, 10 Oct 1934, p6. Death of Lauchlan Mackinnon, at his home 'Laluma', Orrong rd, Toorak. Only son of Lauchlan Charles Mackinnon. See also 'Harefield' qv.
Malone, Discovering Prahran No 5, p 2: map showing location of Laluma. Robb, Early Toorak, 57 (illus); Paxton, Toorak, 12 illus [same as Robb]