Brisbane Houses with Gardens: The Story of the People Who Built Them

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Beth Wilson, 2018 - Dwellings - 192 pages
Brisbane Houses with Gardens chronicles the history of the city's most important dwellings:from the first 'prefab' home which arrived at the convict settlement on the ship Amity, to grandhouses built beside the river and on the hills, to the birth of the Queenslander and beyond.The story begins with a fateful volcanic explosion which created the uniquely coloured Brisbanetuff and ends at the dawn of the apartment era.The book tells the story of the people behind the landmark homes, including Lady DiamantinaBowen whose orange-blossomed creeper still blooms across the city in late winter; Walter Hill(first Curator of the Botanic Gardens) who created a mighty seed exchange that powered theQueensland economy and changed the look of Brisbane forever; George Trapnell a formertailor at McWhirters who collected seeds of native species which now grace countless backyards, Clement Wragge, an eccentric meteorologist who designed an "ordered jungle" at StLucia, as well as well-known architects and builders including Andrew Petrie, Robin Dods andJohn Dalton.

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