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Not a Castle anywhere - only Grand old Homesteads
2/2/2012 3:52:24 PM
Period drama in Australia - Not a castle anywhere, but we do have Country Mansions.

We do not have grand old castles in Australian history, absolutely not possible with only two hundred years of settlement behind us; but we do have some grand old homesteads.  A period drama set in Australian would naturally include a historical home.

The famous Jooloonga homestead in my series of Outback dramas had significant bearing in the third novel, The Tan People - a journey into truth. The inspiration for the historical home was Jimbour House on the Darling Downs, built around 1874 from cedar obtained from the Bunya Mountains,stone from the local quarry and other timbers from the area. I had a photograph of this Queensland Mansion and made the necessary enquiries for permission to use it on my cover. I did eventually receive permission, but not in time for the cover, which was a shame.   The homestead in question achieved fame when it was used as a major location in the successful TV mini-series ‘Return to Eden’.

I thought I would do things a little differently with the third novel  and introduced each chapter in TheTan People with a 5 line stanza. To give an example:

Chapter 2  

The grandest homestead in the Land 

Stone pillars, balconies built to plan

Beautiful children a wife to behold

The family secrets destined to unfold

Can happiness shine - within a shrine?

     The poems are invitations, requesting the reader’s pleasure to stepinto the next chapter of The Tan People as they take their journey into the land of truth. They travel to the great Jooloonga Station and into the lives of two prominent families where wisdom and culture, discoveries and revelations blaze a quicksilver trail through all their lives. A story of amazing love and tormented souls, spanning two continents, travelling to England and back, set on a stunning canvas in central Queensland, where the magic of the Dreaming controls the heartbeat of an Ancient Land. 

The Tan People - a journey into truth

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More Blogs by Barbara Hartmann King
• Man Eating Birds - Thursday, November 01, 2012
• THE SIGN POST - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• LOVE IS - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• Poems from The Tan People - - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
• The first novel - a biography of Emily - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
• Taipans, pig shooters and man eating birds - Thursday, April 19, 2012
• Laugh Kookaburra Laugh - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
• Characters for Country Dramas - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• The Oasis in the Heart of Queensland - Monday, March 19, 2012
• Coloured Sands Dreaming Legend - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
• A Hundred Million Years Ago - Saturday, February 18, 2012
• Where couples met and Fell in Love - Monday, February 13, 2012
• The Jet-Propelled Emus - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
•  Not a Castle anywhere - only Grand old Homesteads - Thursday, February 02, 2012  
• Invitations - requesting your pleasure - Sunday, January 29, 2012
• Love Is - Thursday, January 26, 2012
• Inspiration form Multicoloured Sand Dunes - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
• The first coat of paint in 100 years - Monday, November 28, 2011
• Happy Jacks and Sand Goannas - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
• The old Homestead-Digging into the past for themes - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Monday, November 21, 2011
• Life at Wyuna where the writing began - Friday, November 18, 2011
• A plague of army worm months were the final straw - Thursday, November 17, 2011
• Life is about change-Grandfather married again - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
• Raising money for the community in the country - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
• Charity Work in Country Towns -the Lions Club - Monday, November 14, 2011
• Knowledge gleaned from living in the bush for my outback novels. - Sunday, November 13, 2011
• Nature's Cruel Outbursts - Saturday, November 12, 2011
• The Passion and my imagination - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• The Passion - the Personal relationship with the land - Tuesday, November 08, 2011
• The Vet said: Your horse will get up Or he will lie there and die - Monday, November 07, 2011
• Once an Inland Sea - more - Sunday, November 06, 2011
• Once an inland Sea - no other explanation - Saturday, November 05, 2011
• Life in the Bush - Fodder for Country Dramas - Friday, November 04, 2011
• Medical Emergencies in the Bush - Thursday, November 03, 2011
• Just like Mary the Pioneer Woman - Wednesday, November 02, 2011
• Identifying with my character - The Pioneering Woman Mary - Tuesday, November 01, 2011
• Inspiration for Characters of early settlement - Ancestors - Monday, October 31, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Sunday, October 30, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Saturday, October 29, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Friday, October 28, 2011


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