The Rushworth family of Brisbane City was most fortunate to acquire the 18th century portrait of Eleanora which had remained within the Brisbane family until 2008. We simply wish to share The MOST Brisbane portrait with the public and keep sight of the ties between Brisbane Australia and Largs Scotland, home of the Brisbane Family responsible for the name's origin.
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?
The portrait of Eleanora Brisbane is in need of comprehensive restoration work. MOST BRISBANE also requires continued community exposure to promote the Brisbane City, Largs and Brisbane Family ties.
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