By Siobhan O'Brien
Florence Broadhurst, the one-time chanteuse of Shanghai, Bond road salon proprietor, world-renowned wallpaper clothier and Sydney socialite lived a lifestyles steeped in subterfuge and deception. right here for the 1st time we get a glimpse on the interesting girl in the back of the hand-printed brocades.
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She rarely ventured out but showed her father’s skill in the saddle. That was probably all she inherited from him. Florence and Priscilla were both like Bill. Cilla was an outgoing, colourful character who was the life of parties, played the piano like a professional and, according to locals, ‘drank most people under the table’. QX5 3/9/04 10:10 AM Page 31 Bookhouse Growing up, 1899–1922 a fiercely determined child, with a raucous laugh, tons of grit, a memory like an elephant, wild red hair and an inquisitive nature.
Florence and Priscilla were both like Bill. Cilla was an outgoing, colourful character who was the life of parties, played the piano like a professional and, according to locals, ‘drank most people under the table’. QX5 3/9/04 10:10 AM Page 31 Bookhouse Growing up, 1899–1922 a fiercely determined child, with a raucous laugh, tons of grit, a memory like an elephant, wild red hair and an inquisitive nature. She was passionate about the arts, and her eyes lit up when the travelling picture showman came to town to show his flickering silent black-and-white films, or when amateur theatricals, musicals and debates featured at the School of the Arts.
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. She was fierce and determined with sassy sex appeal . . still having affairs into her seventies. ’ Maggie Tabberer agreed she was sassy, but added: ‘She looked mad with her incredible hair in cochineal pink. ’ Janet Mosely was the subject of a portrait painted by Florence in 1961. She provided an insight into Florence the artist.
A Life by Design: The Art and Lives of Florence Broadhurst by Siobhan O'Brien