- Language Note:
- In English.
- Title from resource description page (viewed October 29, 2014).
The Duracks were among the first of Australia's great cattle kings. But in their own words they were 'kings in grass castles', their fortunes built on flimsy soil. This is the story of the conquest and then loss of their land. The Duracks fled famine and subjugation in Ireland, coming to Australia in 1853 in search of opportunities and a future. Hungry for property, Patsy Durack sent the family across the continent from Queensland to the unexplored reaches of the Kimberley. They occupied land the size of Belgium and dispossessed the original inhabitants. But the family's territorial dreams could not withstand the harsh realities of the Australian outback. Having claimed their property, the Duracks, over successive generations would struggle to survive and one by one their stations foundered. In the end, the Duracks were left only with their memories and dreams, embodied in the famous writings of Mary Durack, the paintings of her sister Elizabeth, and the ongoing yearnings of the surviving family. Life has come full circle. When the Duracks visit the last of their former properties they are guests on land returned to the local Aboriginal community -- previously Durack station workers. This provocative half-hour program explores just what was lost and what was left behind. We meet the Duracks who grew to love the harsh land, and the station workers, who remember with fondness the old White fella bosses.
- Other Forms:
- Previously released as DVD.
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