Broadhurst was born in 1899 in Quensland. At 15, she wrote an article for her small country school that reads like a mission statement: I am resolved to do great things. By 19 she was singing her way around Australiam her remarkable contralto voice having apparently won her th chance to peform with Melba and Helpmann.
Shortlisted for Age Book of the Year: Non-fiction 2006.
Helen O'Neill is an investigative writer and biographer.