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Dynasties 2 - More Remarkable And Influential Families Paperback – 2006

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: ABC Books (2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0733317677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0733317675
  • ASIN: B000TUT9BW
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2 cm
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... and when a family carries a tradition across several generations we can be fairly sure their family story will be worth hearing.'

In 2001, the ABC started a `Dynasties' television series. By 2006, when Laurie Critchley (Series Producer) and Tim Clark (Executive Producer) wrote the introduction to this book, the series had covered thirty families. In this book, eight families are traced. While my primary interest was the Archer family of Tasmania (pages 31 to 56), I found the entire book fascinating. Each of the families has made a significant contribution to Australia, and some are continuing to do so.

Who are the families included in this book?

Four generations of the Aarons family dedicated themselves to the revolutionary cause of communism, and were once called The Royal Family of Australian Communism. The original Communist Party of Australia ceased to exist in 1991, communism is largely discredited, but some members of the Aarons family are still focussed on how the Left might progress.

The Archers were once Tasmania's greatest family of landholders. The family included two brothers with very different ambitions. One, Thomas Archer, who founded `Woolmers', would accumulate great wealth and become a member of the colony's ruling elite. William, who founded `Brickendon' simply wanted to farm and farm well. Both built their estates using convict labour. `Brickendon' is still farmed by descendants of William Archer, while `Woolmers' is part of the national estate. Both estates can be visited.

James Henry Ashton gave his first Australian circus performance in 1848, and seven generations later, members of the Ashton family are still involved in circuses. Theirs is an incredible story of endurance.
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HASH(0x9db15d14) out of 5 stars `Every family has its own story to tell... 24 May 2012
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
... and when a family carries a tradition across several generations we can be fairly sure their family story will be worth hearing.'

In 2001, the ABC started a `Dynasties' television series. By 2006, when Laurie Critchley (Series Producer) and Tim Clark (Executive Producer) wrote the introduction to this book, the series had covered thirty families. In this book, eight families are traced. While my primary interest was the Archer family of Tasmania (pages 31 to 56), I found the entire book fascinating. Each of the families has made a significant contribution to Australia, and some are continuing to do so.

Who are the families included in this book?

Four generations of the Aarons family dedicated themselves to the revolutionary cause of communism, and were once called The Royal Family of Australian Communism. The original Communist Party of Australia ceased to exist in 1991, communism is largely discredited, but some members of the Aarons family are still focussed on how the Left might progress.

The Archers were once Tasmania's greatest family of landholders. The family included two brothers with very different ambitions. One, Thomas Archer, who founded `Woolmers', would accumulate great wealth and become a member of the colony's ruling elite. William, who founded `Brickendon' simply wanted to farm and farm well. Both built their estates using convict labour. `Brickendon' is still farmed by descendants of William Archer, while `Woolmers' is part of the national estate. Both estates can be visited.

James Henry Ashton gave his first Australian circus performance in 1848, and seven generations later, members of the Ashton family are still involved in circuses. Theirs is an incredible story of endurance.

Six generations of the Boyd family have provided some of Australia's leading architects, musicians, painters, potters, sculptors and writers. Arthur Boyd may be the best known of this family, but the Boyd family's story of art, love and money makes for interesting reading.

Franco Belgiorno-Nettis came to Australia in the early 1950s. He quickly became one of our most successful industrialists (the founder of Transfield - a large engineering and construction company) and art patrons (founding the Sydney Biennale). His empire almost foundered after his sons quarrelled, and I wonder what the third generation holds for this family.

Four generations ago, Sir John Forrest became Western Australia's most famous explorer, and was also the Premier of Western Australia and became a member in the Australia's first national parliament. Sir John and his brothers Alexander and David established a prosperous dynasty. But Minderoo station, owned by the family for 120 years was sold in 1998. (In 2009, after this book was published, Andrew `Twiggy' Forrest bought it back. Andrew Forrest, a self-made mining magnate, is Sir John Forrest's great-great nephew. He is currently ranked amongst the ten wealthiest people in Australia.)

Sir Sidney Kidman, Australia's cattle king, built a massive empire that covered 3.5% of the Australian continent. His properties cut a swathe through the continent, following the rivers and floodplains of central Australia. For four generations, the Kidman family has battled drought and family division to stay in control of their successful pastoral company. Will Abel Smith is Sir Sidney Kidman's great grandson, and this chapter follows his progress.

The Street family has produced three Chief Justices of New South Wales in three successive generations (Sir Philip, Sir Kenneth and Sir Laurence). Sir Kenneth's wife, Jessie Street, known as `Red Jessie' was notorious for her friendship with the Soviet Union during the Cold War period. This chapter tells of the tensions created by these diverse allegiances, and how the family reconciled and survived them.

`Inheritance can prove to be a privilege or a burden, and often both.'

Eight fascinating families, eight interesting stories.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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