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COLLINGWOOD COLLEGE DOLLS HOUSE

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126 Islington St, Collingwood VIC 3066, VIC

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The Doll’s House, built in the 1880s, is possibly the smallest house in Victoria. It consists of two rooms and is only 2.5 metres wide. It was occupied until 1978. At one time a family of five lived in the house. The first couple who lived in the house had a daughter named Lily, who died at a very young age. Collingwood once had a very high infant and child mortality rate due to bad living conditions. The Doll’s House shows the history of the working class in Victoria, providing evidence of the living conditions experienced by slum dwellers before strict planning controls. After a report in 1937, houses such as the Doll’s House were demolished to make way for Housing Commission flats. The Doll’s House was moved twice and ended up dismantled in the council yards with the council unsure about what to do with it. It was then decided to sell it to Collingwood College for $1, and it was rebuilt close to its original site in Islington Street. In 2013 the house was restored by a group of Collingwood College students as part of a history project. It now looks as it would have when Lily was living there with her parents in the 1880s.

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