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Laurel Avenue - one of Brisbane's prettiest streets
Voted Brisbane's best street in 1999, Laurel Avenue at Chelmer is well known for its grand homes and beautiful old trees but to Nanette Lilley, even more interesting is the social history of this popular street in Brisbane's west. Nanette herself has lived in the area for 40 years and for 32 years has run her real estate agency (Nanette Lilley Property) in this locality. She is certainly well placed to write a book about this much loved address and its history.
The Avenue is well known for it's beautiful homes. Image courtesy of Gerard Benjamin
Over the years, Nanette has seen the demographic of the street change from an older population to a mix of younger professionals and business people. This change prompted her to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard ). In writing her book, she hopes to preserve the details of homes and characters which otherwise might be lost. Amongst the pages you'll find the background of some of the homes in the street, stories of the families who lived in them and the history of the general area. Ten years in the writing, "Welcome to Laurel Avenue" was made possible by collections of information and anecdotes about particular houses and families, passed on by past and long time residents of the Avenue.
60 Laurel Avenue - General Douglas MacArthur was reportedly a weekend guest of the household in 1942. Image sourced from Welcome to Laurel Avenue
Nanette's book has already proved to be very popular with locals and people who have had some connection to Laurel Avenue. Many have enjoyed the special memories evoked by this book and the author has been amazed at the wonderful feedback she has received.
Of "Welcome to Laurel Avenue" Nanette Lilley says, "My objective will have been more than achieved if this book whets the appetite of locals and visitors alike to look more fondly upon the people and homes of beautiful Laurel Avenue - which is as story-lined as it is tree-lined."
Tree-lined and much loved Laurel Avenue. Image courtesy of Gerard Benjamin
Nanette Lilley will be present at a book launch at Marriott Books on Saturday, March 14th. You can pick up your copy of "Welcome to Laurel Avenue" from Nanette Lilley Property at 291 Honour Ave, Graceville or from Marriott Books at 605 Oxley Road, Corinda. The selling price is $30 for one copy or $25 each for two or more.