English novelist Anthony Trollope described the Western District squatters in the 1870s as plentiful, proud, prejudiced, given to hospitality, impatient of contradiction thoughtful on the future, and above all, conscious perhaps a little too conscious of their own importance forty thousand sheep cannot be shorn without a piano; twenty thousand is the lowest number that renders napkins at dinner imperative.
But these squatters were also speculators and investors, whose entrepreneurship built great wealth and elaborate mansions. Around their Georgian and Victorian homes they created an antipodean England, employing the best-known landscape architects of the day. The Western District today retains most of the renowned homesteads and gardens that date from these times.
This fascinating and beautiful book sequel to the bestselling Great Properties of Country Victoria takes us into the private world of thirteen more notable properties. Through their histories we follow their fortunes extraordinary tales of risk and reward and through the photographs see the splendour of great homes that have been lovingly maintained and carefully restored. It is a tribute to the past and present owners who have so painstakingly preserved their properties' heritage.
Includes index. Illustrations on endpapers.
Barunah Plains in Hesse, Blackwood in Penshurst, Devon Park in Dunkeld, Langi Willi in Skipton, Mawallok in Beaufort, Meningorrt in Camperdown, Merrang in Hexam, Purrumbete in Camperdown, Salt Creek in Woorndoo, Stony Point in Darlington, The Union in Woolsthorpe, Trawalla in Trawalla, Werribee Park in Werribee.