Welcome to MOST BRISBANE, a dedication to Eleanora Brisbane, her family and their important historical ties with Largs, Scotland
and Brisbane, Australia.
To globally promote MOST BRISBANE visibility and awareness, facilitating continued community exposure to the important historical connections between Brisbane Australia, Largs Scotland and the Brisbane Family of Largs.
We were most fortunate to acquire the 18th century portrait of Eleanora which had remained within the Brisbane family until 2008.
Eleanora Brisbane gave birth to Thomas Brisbane in 1773, a son who would become a well respected man of military service, science and colonial governance. While Sir Thomas Brisbane was Governor of New South Wales, his mother Eleanora sadly passed away in 1823, some ten years after her husband Thomas died. That same year a river system was discovered by John Oxley which he later respectfully named Brisbane River and the Brisbane settlement after Sir Thomas Brisbane.
There is not a great deal known about Eleanora, but it would appear the Bruce family from where she came had quite an influence on the Brisbane estate and the chosen career of Sir Thomas Brisbane. It is said that Eleanora was "a woman of strong temperament with a haughty spirit and temper". Looking at her portrait, what do you think?
MOST BRISBANE website available 15 March 2015.
The MOST Brisbane portrait on public view at Room with Roses, upstairs in the Brisbane Arcade from 11 April 2016.