Meanjin to Brisvegas: Snapshots of Brisbane's journey from colonial backwater to new world city

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Lulu.com, Sep 14, 2014 - History - 230 pages
This book describes seminal moments in the history of the capital city of Queensland, which in just one generation has grown from country town to vibrant modern metropolis. It had a tough start. It became a separate state with less financial support from London than any other colony in the mighty British Empire. Almost a century later is was briefly the Allied Forces headquarters for the Pacific War, delighting and depressing its citizens in equal measure. Then it had to shake off corruption in high places before it could realise its great potential. There was some intrigue along the way. Early Brisbane society was enlivened by its own aristocratic Lady Di; a gruesome murder started a dynasty; the Battle of Brisbane was hushed-up to maintain morale; and the local 'Rat Pack' played a rather different Joke. Prior to European settlement - as Meanjin - it was a busy meeting place for the many indigenous clans in the Moreton Bay region.
 

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Contents

11 12 13 14 1 Introduction A new World City
1
First Impressions
10
Corruption in the Moonlight State
20
Brass and Brothels in World War II
41
The changes are rung
60
Natures Bounty
71
First Inhabitants 8 European settlement
100
Selfgovernment
121
Brisbanes brush with
163
Reflections in literature
185
Towards a modern metropolis
198
Sources and acknowledgements
213
Index
216
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The Streets of Brisbane
138
Lions broncos and bulls
152

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