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Florence Broadhurst

Florence Maud Broadhurst was an Australian painter and wallpaper and fabrics designer as well as a businesswoman. She was murdered in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, New South Wales and the perpetrator has not been apprehended. Broadhurst was born in Queensland, at Mungy Station, she became a singer, winning local eisteddfods, joined a group known as the Smart Set Diggers who performed in Toowoomba, Queensland. In 1922 she joined a comedy sextet known as the "Globe Trotters" and the "Broadcasters", who toured South East Asia and China. In 1926 she established the Broadhurst Academy in Shanghai, offering tuition in violin, voice production, banjolele playing, modern ballroom dancing, classical dancing, musical culture and journalism. After her return to Queensland in 1927, she sustained head injuries in a car accident, she went to England and in 1929 married Percy Walter Gladstone Kann, an English stockbroker. They co-directed Pellier Ltd, Robes & Modes, she called herself Madame Pellier. Kann and Broadhurst separated, Broadhurst became involved with diesel engineer Leonard Lloyd-Lewis, living in Banstead from 1939.

During World War II she joined the Australian Women's Voluntary Services, offering hospitality to Australian soldiers. In 1949, the couple and their son Robert moved to Australia, where she maintained the fiction that she was British, she travelled and produced 114 landscape paintings, which were first shown as "Paintings of Australia" in 1954 at David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney later in Brisbane and Canberra. In the late 1950s Lloyd-Lewis left her for a woman younger than their own son, she was a foundation member of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and a member of the Society of Interior Designers of Australia, was a teacher of printmaking and sculpture at the National Art School and was involved in a variety of charitable activities. Her husband left her and their son in 1961. Broadhurst ran a motor-sales company with her son, she worked from a studio at Paddington. She travelled to England in 1973 to receive cell therapy treatment for her failing eyesight and hearing. Broadhurst was bludgeoned to death with a large piece of timber in her Paddington studio on 15 October 1977.

The murder was never solved, but there has been some speculation that Broadhurst was a victim of English Australian serial killer John Wayne Glover, convicted of murdering six elderly women on the Sydney North Shore district between 1989 and 1990, is thought by police to have been responsible for other deaths. In Gillian Armstrong's Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst and employees of Broadhurst stated that they believed the killer may have been known to her and that the motive may have been financial; this was due to the presence of two cups of tea near her body, suggesting a meeting or appointment, the killer's apparent knowledge of her factory's layout. In 1959 Broadhurst established Australian Wallpapers Pty Ltd. which became Florence Broadhurst Wallpapers Pty Ltd, advertised as "the only studio of its kind in the world". Her brightly coloured geometric and nature-inspired oversized designs were all hand printed. Technical advances made in her studio included printing onto metallic surfaces, the development of a washable, vinyl-coating finish and a drying rack system that allowed her wallpapers to be produced in large quantities.

By 1972, her wallpapers contained around 800 designs in eighty different colours, while by the mid-1970s she monopolised the quality end of the Australian market and was exporting worldwide. Broadhurst's library of wooden silk-printing screens and film positives was sold to Wilson Fabrics and Wallcoverings in 1978, just one year after her death. However, the decline of wallpaper as a popular form of home furnishing in the 1980s saw the collection languish, it was re-sold to Signature Prints Pty Ltd. Signature Prints in turn was purchased by a conglomerate led by current CEO David Lennie in 1989. Lennie had run a small wallpaper company in Auckland, New Zealand and met Florence Broadhurst before her death. In the late 1990s, Chee Soon & Fitzgerald, a tiny but influential Sydney design store, held the wholesale and retail distribution rights for Broadhurst wallpaper; this led to some popularity in Sydney design circles but little media attention. In the early 2000s, Signature Prints made a conscious decision to promote Broadhurst's designs overseas in the UK.

This effort, coupled with an international resurgence of interest in wallpaper increased the designer's profile and led to distribution deals being struck for both the UK and the US in 2003. Five hundred and thirty Broadhurst designs are in the company's collection but only a small proportion are printed by the company as wallpaper and fabric; the company retains strict control over the designs and insists printing take place in its inner-city Sydney factory. Some licences have been granted for other uses, such as high-end fashion pieces by designers Akira Isogawa, Nicky Zimmermann and Karen Walker. In late 2008 a rug collection featuring ten Broadhurst designs was released in Australia and the US; the French swimwear company Vilebrequin released collection using a print by Florence Broadhurst for Father's Day 2019 titled "Rabbits and Poodles." They cite her designs as being the "perfect antidote to aging." List of unsolved murders List of Orientalist artists Orientalism Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst, a 2006 documentary/drama movie Siobhan O'Brien, A Life By Design, 2004 Gillian Armstrong, Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst, docu-drama, 2006 Helen O'Neill, Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Li

Bootie (club night)

Bootie is the first club night in the United States dedicated to mashups and bootlegs, is now the biggest all-mashup party in the world, with regular parties in several cities. The original party began at the Cherry Bar in San Francisco in August 2003, moved to DNA Lounge in March 2006, where it now occurs every Saturday, is simulcast into the virtual venue The Level in Second Life. For over a year, it was the only club of its kind in America, its creators, DJs Adrian & the Mysterious D, along with former resident DJ Party Ben, were instrumental in helping to popularize mashup culture on the West Coast; the club has showcased mashup DJs from around the world, including DJ Earworm, DJ Lobsterdust, DJs from Mars, ShyBoy, Go Home Productions, Evolution Control Committee, dj BC, as well as featuring a live house band, Smash-Up Derby, known as "the world's first mashup rock band."Bootie SF has been named "Best Dance Club" in the SF Weekly's "Best of SF". The Bay Guardian's annual "Best of the Bay" has awarded Bootie for "Best Theme Club Night/Best Dance Party and Best Event Producers" for several years.

Best of the Bay Issue Hallmarks of the event include the Midnight Mashup Show, which consists of aerial act performers or drag queens, as well as a regular 11 PM show, which rotates throughout the month between live mashup rock band Smash-Up Derby, burlesque show Hubba Hubba Revue, drag revue The Monster Show. After the shows, the crowd is thrown a limited number of Bootie CDs, which many club patrons collect; the night has been written about in national magazines such as Spin and Club Systems International. In July 2005, A Plus D launched a sister club in Los Angeles called Bootie LA, which began at The Echo in Echo Park and is now held at the adjacent Echoplex. In February 2007, the promoters launched Bootie NYC in New York City; that same month, they partnered with French DJ ComaR to help launch Bootie Paris, which ran for nearly three years at La Mechanique Ondulatoire. Bootie Munich, with resident DJs BootOX and Schmolli, was launched in October 2007. Bootie Boston, with dj BC and Lenlow, was launched in March 2008.

Bootie Berlin launched in June 2009 with residents DJ Morgoth, Mashup-Germany, Dr. Waumiau. Bootie Rio in Brazil was launched in May 2010. Bootie ATL, in Atlanta with dj BC, was launched in August 2011. A Plus D have done one-off Bootie parties in many other places around the globe, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Vienna, Brisbane, Portland, Mexico City, Helsinki, Lithuania and Salt Lake City. While the number of CDs given away at each party is limited, the "Bootie Top 10," list of for each month is available on their website and can be downloaded for free as MP3 files; the selection is curated by A Plus D, who produce the annual "Best of Bootie" collection, a much-anticipated annual compilation for mashup fans and those attending the New Year's Eve party. Available as free downloads, both as a continuous mix and individual tracks. Official site Bootie at Yelp Photos from Bootie SF Photos from Bootie LA