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The Petrie Family: Building Colonial Brisbane



The Petrie Family: Building Colonial Brisbane

Author: Dimity Dornan   Denis Cryle  


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This is the fascinating story of early Brisbane and traces the history of an important Queensland family, Andrew and Mary Petrie and their six children. After leaving Scotland the family moved to Sydney and finally to Brisbane, where they established a reputation which endures to the prsent. Andrew became Clerk of Works of the Moreton Bay penal colony, and the family were among the first free settlers, forming a construction firm which erected landmarks like Parliament House and the GPO. An ambitious social history, it touches on all levels of society, including the Aborigines, whose presence and contribution haunt this timely publication. Unlike earlier studies, "The Petrie Family" records the vital contributions of the women in the family, in particular Mary and her daughter Isabella. The foundations of modern Brisbane are here vividly recreated in the context of family biography.

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