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e-Book Mayne Inheritance download

by Rosamond Siemon

ISBN: 0702231428
ISBN13: 978-0702231421
Language: English
Publisher: University of Queensland Pr (Australia) (December 1, 1999)
Pages: 248
Category: Mystery
Subategory: Thriller

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Rating: 4.4
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This is a compelling story about a moment in the history of one of Australia's fastest growing cities, and as a resident of that city it has always worried me about how largely unaware we are of our city's history. Brisbane had, well? I'm not too sure, but the Mayne Inheritance paints a gruesome picture of a time and a person that all Brisbanites should be aware of. And that is the second tragedy.

Opening with a macabre mid-nineteenth century murder, The Mayne Inheritance unfolds like a gothic thriller. Was it the murder victim's money that founded patriarch Patrick Mayne's Queen Street business empire? Were the whispered accusations of murder and genetic madness true? For 150 years, scandal and mystery have surrounded the Maynes, a wealthy family who donated the magnificent site on which the University of Queensland now stands.

The Mayne Inheritance book.

The Mayne Inheritance is a non-fiction book written by Queensland author Rosamond Siemon. The book won the Brisbane City Council's One Book One Brisbane competition in 2003. The Mayne Inheritance tells the story of Patrick Mayne, a young man who migrated to Australia from his impoverished background in County Tyrone, Ireland in 1841

The Mayne inheritance. by. Siemon, Rosamond, 1921-. Distributed in the USA and Canada by International Specialized Book Services.

The Mayne inheritance. Main family, Politicians, Irish. St. Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press : Portland, Or. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by International Specialized Book Services. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

Rosamond Siemon’s first book The Mayne Inheritance was published when she was 77. It quickly became a bestseller and has since been celebrated through the 2003 One Book One Brisbane campaign and as a sell-out stage play

Rosamond Siemon’s first book The Mayne Inheritance was published when she was 77. It quickly became a bestseller and has since been celebrated through the 2003 One Book One Brisbane campaign and as a sell-out stage play. Rosamond is a well-known historian, who lives and writes in Queensland. The Eccentric Mr Wienholt is her second book.

Published by University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Qld (1997). ISBN 10: 0702229342 ISBN 13: 9780702229343. Condition: Very Good. by Jc on January 4, 2015. The Mayne Inheritance. Rate it . You Rated it .

Comments:
Delari
An interesting story- I’m not convinced that it was true from the beginning but what a tragic life was led by the children all because of gossip and innuendo- should be compulsory reading in Brisbane high schools at least.
God bless you James Mayne.

Lailace
one of my favourite books

ACOS
Rosamund creates a great picture of life and times In early brisbane and tells a clear and factual account of a family history who's name is still the basis of many a strange tale.

Lyrtois
After a stint working in China, I stopped in Brisbane for a few days where a cab driver told me the story of the Mayne family. Once back in Canada, I searched and found this book online. The book arrived quickly in great used condition plus a good read. What more can you ask!?

I am hcv men
First one should note that Amazon have mispelt the author's name. It is Rosamond Siemon. I have the original 1997 edition published by the UQ Press. If you look closely at the front cover you can see the correct spelling.

Here is a link to a radio interview (by Australian ABC public broadcaster) by the author on the book:
http://www.abc.net.au/dimensions/dimensions_in_time/Transcripts/s527155.htm

I loved this book because it revealed a previously unknown history about my university which I attended in the 1970s. As Siemon says in the interview the UQ campus is one of the most beautiful in Australia, occupying the entire peninsula formed by a large loop of the Brisbane river. It is a member of the Group of Eight "sandstone" universities in Australia, the oldest and most prestigious. (The UQ was rated number 65 in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015; this is Geoffrey Rush's alma mater and where he first tread the theatrical boards; also Peter Doherty, Nobel Prize Physiology & Medicine 1996.). We owe it to the foresight and generosity of James Mayne and the fortune he inherited from his father Patrick who had leveraged greatly his ill-gotten gains in the mid-19th century.
The story fulfills the maxim that fact is stranger than fiction. It is also quite touching despite the naissance being a notorious brutal murder. It is well-researched and well-written history.

Delagamand
This book by Rosamond Siemon was written nearly eight years before this review - and it has taken me until now to read it. That's the first tragedy. This is a compelling story about a moment in the history of one of Australia's fastest growing cities, and as a resident of that city it has always worried me about how largely unaware we are of our city's history. Sydney had the First Fleet, Melbourne Batman, Hobart the saga of its convict days, and Adelaide a claim to being the only state capital that didn't rely on convicts. Brisbane had, well? I'm not too sure, but the Mayne Inheritance paints a gruesome picture of a time and a person that all Brisbanites should be aware of.

And that is the second tragedy. Without giving away the plot, a poor man makes good, but at the cost of one man's murder, the execution of someone falsely accused of that murder, a descent into madness, and a family that bears both the benefits and the costs of those actions. If it wasn't based on historical fact, it would probably have sold well as a classic tragedy.

Which brings me to the last tragedy of this book - I dont know how many copies have been sold, but I suspect that it is unlikely to receive the readership it deserves. It is not just of importance to those of us who live in Brisbane, but to anyone with an interest in how wealth and status shaped the creation of modern Australia, how mental illness was viewed, of the ambiguous role of the Catholic Church, and how society can at once fete and ostracise individuals and families as fashion and elites dictate.

Do read it, even if you are not Australian. It is not a 'pretty' story - indeed, if it wasn't so solidly based in evidence one might imagine that it was a work of tragic fiction.

Ese
This book was first published whilst I was a student at the University of Queensland. Sadly It has taken me 15 years to get around to reading it! I believe it to be an important work for the people of Brisbane, especially those associated with the University of Qld. The book provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of Brisbane city, from it's very early days right up until the middle of the last century. The story of the Mayne family is both tragic and inspiring. The generosity of James and Mary Emelia's gift to the University is staggering and I felt ashamed that the University had done so little to recognise it.

I did find the book difficult to engage with at first. It was rather factual and dry however for me the story picked up when the focus shifted from Patric to his descendants. I would probably have abandoned the book early on had it not concerned my home town.

This is a terrific story, not only about the Mayne family, but also about the early settlement of Brisbane. The rapid changes in the city during the span of this book are incredible. The changes in how mental illness is viewed and the increased flexibility of society since James Mayne died are fortunate. The family's pain from real and percieved deeds is well described and yet the way they tried to maintain a dignified front is almost unfathomable. Great read!

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