I've always enjoyed reading womens' biographies, but if there's anything biographical and based in Brisbane... I'm there.
Researching my Mother's family's history some years ago, has strengthened that need.
My grandmother was from a family of 8, mostly female who were born, lived and died in Brisbane.
I'm linked to this place whether I like it or not!
Some time ago, I saw the news story about the Soldier's Wall in the Red Cross Room in City Hall.
The wall was full of penciled names and service numbers of Servicemen who visited the Red Cross Room, whilst in Brisbane during WW2.
A couple of weeks ago the book The Soldiers' Wall was launched. The project of Lyris Mitchell, who listed, researched and contacted family members of many of the men who's names are on the wall.
Just in time for Mother's Day, it's on my want list.
Here are some other Brisbane based books
I've enjoyed over the years. Some are now out of print, but still available at Brisbane Libraries.
The Battle of Brisbane, documents the events that led up to the infamous Battle of Brisbane in November 1942. An out of control street brawl between U.S. and Australian servicemen, which saw one of our Servicemen killed by an American M.P. and several others injured. The book touches on life in Brisbane at the time, the lives of some of the men destined to be a part of the brawl, and the ongoing War. As a daughter of a returned Serviceman this was a must for me.
JUNE ADAMSON'S 3 autobiographies are
my favourite books. They span from her chidhood growing up in Newmarket. Then as a young working woman in 1950's Brisbane, then in A Gut Feeling, how her life took an unexpected turn. They are out of print, but available at Brisbane Libraries. I've been trying to find 2nd hand copies to own for so long!
Lucky Legs and Sugar Rushes
Don't Rock The Boat - Female In the Fifities
A Gut Feeling
The Sicilian Kitchen by Michelle Di'Bartolo
is a gorgeous book, biographical of her Sicilian family who emigrated to Brisbane, an adventure when she travels back to find her roots in Sicily, and a cookbook sharing family recipes. If you have a best friend who lives in Brisbane...buy her this book!
Of course one cannot go past a Brisbane Murder story, we have a few for such a young city.
It's a good read. I downloaded the Kindle version with no pics, so I'd like to grab a look at the paperback version as well.
Finally I found this while I was researching our family history a while back. It's quite a comprehensive study of some of the inner streets and suburbs of Brisbane
The Streets Of Brisbane.
And if you really want to read an interesting long piece of Brisbane History, you can download the Fitzgerald Enquiry report HERE
Thanks for visiting - Jen.