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Dornan, Dimity

Dimity Dornan graduated as a Speech Pathologist in the first year the course was offered at the University of Queensland. After practising in various hospitals, and many years research for the Department of Medicine, University of Queensland, she works in Private Practice in Brisbane. Her special interest is in hearing-impaired pre-schoolers and their parents, and she works in liaison with The Shepherd Centre, University of Sydney. She has lectured for some years at the University of Queensland in this area, and is the author of several journal articles. Dimity has travelled widely within Australia and overseas with her physiotherapist/sculptor/author husband. The Petrie Family (UQP 1992), co-authored with Denis Cryle, is her first sortie into biographical writing, and developed from a research project for her husband’s sculpture of the family.
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The Petrie Family: Building Colonial Brisbane

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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.