Topic: 52 Record Street (circa 1900s)

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52 Record Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This corner bay villa was probably constructed by local builder Leslie Thompson Steele as an investment property during the early-mid 1900s. It appears the house was rented for the early period of its history.

A Fitzroy Town Board rating roll for 1907-08 lists Leslie's wife, Margaret, as the ratepayer for Lots 153, 158 & 159 of Fitzroy Subdivision - a rateable value of £1189 likely indicates that the present villas at number 52 (Lots 158 & 159) & number 48 (Lot 153) Record Street were constructed by this date.

Following the sale of 48 Record Street, the value of 152 Record Street for the 1908-09 rating year was £830. The house was purchased by Oliver Grenham the following year; Grenham also owned neighbouring lots 156 & 157.

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