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The Art Deco mansion in St Lucia: What drove the man who built it?

Includes a Recital (replica of the Dedication of organ donated by WA Back.)

Sunday, 30 May 2021 at 2pm
St Lucia Uniting Church

cnr Hawken Drive & Swann Road, St Lucia QLD 4067

Due to COVID, numbers strictly limited and no refreshments can be offered.

Please reserve your place by emailing Ruth Bonetti directly below.
• Please include your name & phone number (please stipulate numbers)

Hear Ruth’s radio 4LG interview from July 2020

In the past week I have presented in Longreach and Winton libraries, this morning I’ll be doing an interview on radio 4LG.

Listen to the interview:

Wed, 17 February 2021
7:30pm – 9:30pm AEST

Members’ Meeting.
Guest Speaker: Ruth Bonetti.

Join Ruth Bonetti as she expands on her grandfather W.A. Back’s role in heading the Coronation Park Ltd syndicate of graziers and businessmen who developed St Lucia. What drove the wheeler-dealer WA, to become in his time Australia’s richest Finn? It is an extraordinary tale of success, failure, hard work, and dreaming. A new book St Lucia and the Art Deco Mansion; What drove the man who built it? completes Ruth’s heritage trilogy by expanding on events already outlined in Midnight Sun to Southern Cross.

Sunday 20 October, 10.30 am

Writing Life Stories
Genealogical Society of Queensland

25 Stackpole Street
Wishart, QLD, Australia

15 April 2020 at 7pm

Journeys from Finland Snow to Outback Dust

Queensland Family History Society Inc.

Books awarded

Ruth’s memoir Midnight Sun to Southern Cross won the…

QFHS Book Award 2019!

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Pictured below with Book Award Coordinator, Gayle Thomsett at the QFHS Annual General Meeting.

With an Omega Writers Nonfiction Award for Burn My Letters, both books of the series are now Award Winners.

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Ruth’s recent heritage memoir Burn My Letters was shortlisted and won the…

2017 Omega Writers CALEB nonfiction prize

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What’s New?

Speak Out, Don’t Freak Out now on Audible

Speak Out, Don’t Freak Out: Confident Public Speaking is an invaluable guide for all people who have to speak in front of an audience. It gives practical, holistic solutions for the symptoms that can unsettle even the most accomplished and experienced speaker.


Feature article in the recent Spring issue of CWA Ruth Magazine

Read the full article here

Ruth’s Books

Burn My Letters & Midnight Sun to Southern Cross

More information

Purchase Here

Speak Out – Don’t Freak Out


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Sounds and Souls: How music teachers change lives

Hard copy plus eBook AVAILABLE NOW


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