Florence Broadhurst was a flamboyant, charismatic and fearless woman. She was born in 1899 in Queensland, Australia, and led a full and interesting life. She was constantly evolving in everything from her hair, clothes and profession - even her name. She travelled extensively, which was very progressive for a woman of that era. Her broad range of careers included dancer, comedian, cabaret dancer, director of a finishing school and manager of a fashion house. She was well to do and artistic. Throughout her entire life, one constant was her painting. She was prolific in her output and this eventually led in the 1950's to her starting her own wallpaper company, using her own designs and those which she commissioned. This company developed brilliant new methods for wallpaper development and production, done to the highest of standards. Inevitably, she monopolised the local Australian market, and began to export to the USA, Europe, France and parts of Asia. Her works are now exclusively owned by signature prints in Australia and have returned to huge popularity. Her prints have been used by local fashion designers including Akira Isogawa and Zimmermann. Her designs are clearly influenced by her native country, and her extensive travels. Upon her return to Australia in the forties, she announced that she would 'colour Australia.' And that she did. Both professionally and through her personal aesthetic.
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