Archive for December, 2011

Front Cover of MMMTHE LAUNCH took place on Saturday 31 December 2011, of Ruth Delbridge’s Mischief, Morse Code & Ministry, a 488pp volume with over 400 images (photos, maps and documents), for which Gerard Benjamin handled the formatting, and book and cover design.

Brisbane author Ruth Delbridge invested five years and extensive research to produce this rich social history which celebrates 100 years since Reg Delbridge left Kent for Queensland, where he was later joined by his wife Mrs Edith Marion (May) Delbridge.

Reg Delbridge grew up in Chatham in Kent, a spot well familiar to the famous novelist Charles Dickens. Employed at the Post Office, Reg became a morse code operator, a skill which stood him in good stead as a World War I AIF signaller on active service in France and Belgium.

This carefully-indexed book includes segments of the history of the Methodist Church in Queensland from 1912 to 1964, and the role that radio played in Reg Delbridge’s ministry. Reg’s wartime accounts of his experiences on the Western Front will interest military historians.

The Rev. Dr Noel Preston eloquently performed the launching honours for Mischief, Morse Code & Ministry at Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm, on Saturday 31 December 2011.



ON Wednesday 19 June at the Queensland Family History Society, 58 Bellevue Ave, Gaythorne, Mischief, Morse Code & Ministry was announced as the winner of the 2013 Family History Book Award. The citation read:

The judges noted that this is a well-written, comprehensive and passionate family history. The inclusion of Reg Delbridge’s diary works well and adds great authenticity. Characters are well researched and it is an excellent family story set clearly in its English and Queensland contexts. There is excellent referencing and bibliography and a comprehensive index.
Congratulations, Ruth!
For further information and to order copies, please contact the author: ruth(-at-)mary-and-ellen.com, visit the State Library of Queensland bookshop or order online from Amazon.com.

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