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Florence Broadhurst : Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives - Helen O'Neill

Florence Broadhurst

Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2011
ISBN: 9781742700595
Number Of Pages: 288

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This deluxe edition of Helen O'Neill's award-winning book is a must-have for lovers of design. With stunning full-page prints of Florence Broadhurst's distinctive fabric and wallpaper designs, together with gorgeous photographs of interiors from around the world using her amazing patterns, this is a beautiful book you will want to treasure.

Florence Broadhurst led an extraordinary and eccentric life. She was born in 1899 to a farming family in rural Queensland and by 25 she had toured across Asia with a part in a saucy vaudeville troop. After decades abroad, she returned to Australia at age 50, claiming to be an aristocratic English woman. She spent the ensuing years painting landscapes before moving on to portraits of the rich and famous. By 58 she was a darling of the social set.

At 63 she declared Australia was afraid of colour and announced a new venture - a wallpaper business. Broadhurst created over 800 hugely popular designs that defined the swinging sixties. Her designs were extremely sought after throughout the world, with long waiting lists for her work. Her extraordinary life led to a tragic end. On 16 October, 1977, at the age of 78, Broadhurst was found murdered in her Paddington wallpaper showroom. Her murder remains unsolved.


A Must for Designers, Girls & Aussies


This glorious, glorious book will be loved by designers, cool chicks and a lot of Australians. Florence was an Australian maverick who wooed many abroad with her dancing & designs. This publication combines her story and 'collates' many of her designs. The designs are lavishly presented. It is so important to know about her bold & fabulous designs. This is a treasure.



Fascinating book, beautifully presented


I read a single page of this book at random and was hooked. I knew little about Florence Broadhurst and was thoroughly engaged by the story of her life, which was well told and beautifully presented with full page colour prints from her wallpaper range.

Darwin, Australia


Beautiful Coffee Table Book


A beautiful reference and tribute to the great Florence Broadhurst and her decadent, bold textiles. A must have for any lover of art, textiles and bold, independent women



Florence Broadhurst

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ISBN: 9781742700595
ISBN-10: 1742700594
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st November 2011
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.3 x 24.4  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 2.04
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition