And the Teacup Reader told me……..

In the early 1950’s I had my teacup read at the Brisbane Arcade. Clearly, she exclaimed! You will have 3 men in your lifetime. Remember these initials. N – C and B

  • N will break your heart in your teens. (This happened).
  • You will marry C and have a long happy marriage till old age. (This happened) He passed away after 60 years of a very happy marriage.
  • I will marry again at a very old age to B. Still waiting!

Because of the Tea Cup Reader’s predictions’ I have written a short romance story based on the above.

Fond memories are embedded in my heart of Colin and myself lunching at Room with Roses. Its fresh roses permeated the air. Just lovely! This is where he asked me to be his steady girl. A visit to Darrel Lea Chocolates was a must and my mother just loved shopping in this lovely Arcade. Mum loved the umbrella shop. Maryon’s Shoe Shop was one of my favourites. A visit to the city today still includes a browse through the Brisbane Arcade.

I organised a working girls reunion at Kerri Craig Emporium a few years ago. Our friendship dates back to the 1970’s. When my granddaughter graduated from St. Lucia University, I treated her to a high tea at Kerry Craig Emporium.

For 17 years Wellington Manor Retirement Village has been my home. I invited Rosamond Siemon to give a talk on her book Mayne’s Inheritance. This resulted in a very successful organised bus tour that included The Brisbane Arcade. Very informative we were told the whole story and I was amazed to learn that the rental monies from the Arcade still goes to Medical Research.

Dr James Mayne his sister Miss Mary Emelia Mayne commissioned Architect Richard Galley to design the magnificent Brisbane Arcade which opened in 1923

And now in 2019 is celebrating it’s 95th Birthday.

Congratulations on the magnificent Spring Floral Display “Jewel In The Crown” and Happy Birthday.


Edna Corbett