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By Siobhan O'Brien

ISBN-10: 1741143985

ISBN-13: 9781741143980

Florence Broadhurst, the one-time chanteuse of Shanghai, Bond highway 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 at the back of the hand-printed brocades.

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He painted a picture of an eccentric woman who responded to flattery, but would talk to a kerosene heater ‘as if it were a lover—referring to it as “beautiful” or “terrific”. I was a bit frightened of her—most people were, but you could always sweet-talk her. ’ Leis, who attended a number of work-related functions with his boss, also claimed that if she attended an event that she felt was ‘beneath her’, she would make remarks such as ‘these aren’t my people’. Designer Leslie Walford used to drop in for a chat and to mix his own colours in Florence’s studio: ‘She was a red-hot character, a red-hot mama, bright-eyed and flamehaired.

But her actions rarely followed this philosopy. QX5 3/9/04 10:10 AM Page 15 Bookhouse Murder, 1977 John Lang, a one-time employee, described Florence as ‘nervous yet lonely. ’ Peter Leis, another employee, described his former boss as almost impossible to work for. He painted a picture of an eccentric woman who responded to flattery, but would talk to a kerosene heater ‘as if it were a lover—referring to it as “beautiful” or “terrific”. I was a bit frightened of her—most people were, but you could always sweet-talk her.

QX5 3/9/04 10:10 AM Page 30 Bookhouse A life by design Patterson’s Royal Hotel or the Victoria Hotel. At other times of the year they gathered at the Federal Hall to dance to visiting brass and pipe bands. On one such occasion, Florence’s brother Fassifern played a trick on a gaggle of unsuspecting women. Disguised as a ghost with a sheet over his head, he hid by a creek and pounced on them as they walked past. Unlike his self-sufficient sisters ‘who were as clever as anyone in the bush’, Fassifern developed a reputation as a shady character and in 1919 he was arrested on a charge of stealing sixteen head of cattle from the owner of Mungy Station.

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