Violet was born 7 January 1940 at the Royal Brisbane Hospital the daughter of Myrtle and William Busby.
Violet was Myrtle's first child and her husband was away fighting in World War Two and that would have been difficult enough for any new mum but there was more to come.
She had only been home a few days when the heatwave struck.
|Brisbane Courier Mail Jan 26 1940|
Relief was promised in a few days but even though there were some storms the heatwave did not finish at the weekend as suggested.
|The temperatures seen during the heatwave|
Although there had been some storms they left behind very high humidity ranging from 65-90% and as the Chief Meteorologist put it " conditions were many degrees beyond the realm of comfort".
Finally February 5th there was another major storm system causing flooding which broke the heatwave and also caused a lot of damage.
|Violet in the laundry basket 1940|
It is interesting as our ancestors coped with heat-waves with very little help unlike today when we have fans, air-conditioners etc.
Currently Brisbane is having another few very warm days, in fact likely to break records only beaten by the record temperatures mentioned above in 1940.