Meanjin to Brisvegas: Snapshots of Brisbane's journey from colonial backwater to new world city
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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11 12 13 14 1 Introduction A new World City
Corruption in the Moonlight State
Brass and Brothels in World War II
The changes are rung
First Inhabitants 8 European settlement
The Streets of Brisbane
Lions broncos and bulls
Aborigines American arrived Art Gallery artists Australian Barrett Reid became Bjelke-Petersen Botanical Gardens Brisbane River Brisbane’s Brisbanites Brisvegas British Broncos brothels building canteens century city centre city’s Club colony Commissioner convicts corruption Courier Mail Court culture David Malouf decade early established eventually Expo Fitzgerald Fitzgerald Inquiry Fortitude Valley George Goss Governor Hotel House Ipswich Japanese Johnno Judith Wright Kangaroo Point kilometres Labor Party Lady Bowen land later Lewis live MacArthur Mayne Meanjin Melbourne modern Moreton Bay Moreton Bay Courier Newnham novel o’clock painting Park Parliament perhaps poet Police policemen political population Premier Queen Street Queensland Art rainforests region reported rugby league seemed seen settlement settlers South Bank South Brisbane South Wales started Story Bridge Sydney told took Toowong town twenty five University of Queensland Wayne Goss women world city writers