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By Siobhan O'Brien

Florence Broadhurst, the one-time chanteuse of Shanghai, Bond road salon proprietor, world-renowned wallpaper fashion designer and Sydney socialite lived a lifestyles steeped in subterfuge and deception. the following for the 1st time we get a glimpse on the interesting girl in the back of the hand-printed brocades.

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Proceeds in Aid of Patriotic fund. God Save the King’—was ‘Still as the Night’ composed by Georg Bohm. Florence’s single-minded determination soon paid off. At sixteen she won a prize to perform a duet with a famous English contralto named Dame Clara Butt, who is still considered one of the greatest voices of the first three decades of the twentieth century. Dame Clara toured the world, giving concert performances of ballads and oratorios. She first fell in love with Australia in 1907 and continued to travel here until ill health prevented her.

QX5 3/9/04 10:10 AM Page 21 Bookhouse Growing up, 1899–1922 I t all started for Florence not, as she may have wished and as most probably thought, in some aristocratic Georgian mansion in England, but amongst the flies and dust of Mungy Station, a large cattle property on the outskirts of Mount Perry in north-west Queensland. There was no Shakespearian theatre or European boutiques for hundred of thousands of acres—just bush, rocks and scrub, cattle, dust and huts with corrugated-iron roofs.

QX5 3/9/04 10:10 AM Page 24 Bookhouse A life by design town, dominated by the verdant 750-metre peak by the same name, became a boom town overnight. By the time the couple arrived, after Bill had been granted land in the area—410 acres (approximately 166 hectares) at Kullogum and 873 acres (approximately 353 hectares) at Wolca—in July 1885, the town’s success could be measured by its twenty-three hotels, five churches and a plethora of businesses: butcher shops, blacksmiths, cobblers, saddlers, storekeepers, dairies and cordial makers.

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