MS 10046 comprises the papers of Sir Littleton and Lady Jessie Groom, including correspondence, manuscript drafts, addresses, speeches, articles, newspaper cuttings, legal documents, diaries, notebooks, photographs, invitations and other ephemera, and publications (26 boxes, 1 fol. box).
Barrister and politician. Littleton Ernest Groom was the Member of the House of Representatives for the seat of Darling Downs between 1901-1925 and 1931-1936. He held a number of ministerial positions: in the Deakin Ministry as Minister for Home Affairs (1905-1906), Attorney General (1906-1908) and Minister for External Affairs (1909-1910); in the Cook Ministry as Minister for Trade and Customs (1913-1914); in the Hughes Ministry, he was Vice-President of the Executive Council (1917-1918), Minister for Works and Railways (1918-1921) and Attorney-General (1921-1923); and in the Bruce-Page Ministry as Attorney-General (1923-1925). Groom was appointed KCMG in 1924. Lady Jessie Groom married Sir Littleton Groom in 1894. She was inaugural President of the Toowoomba Literary Society and was an active member of the Queensland Electoral League. After Sir Littleton's death, Lady Groom edited the works of a number of contributing authors for the biography of her late husband, Nation building in Australia: the life and work of Sir Littleton Groom (Angus & Robertson, 1941).
Manuscript reference no.: MS 10046.
Associated materials: Papers of Sir Littleton Groom, circa 1886-1936 MS 236.
Associated materials: Manuscript of Nation building in Australia, circa 1939 MS 1135.