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Characters for Country Dramas
4/1/2012 7:22:38 PM

Characters. Where do they come from. How do we find them?

I can only speak for myself. The characters for my Country Dramas came from real life. I of course add a huge dose of imagination to make them my own. The Aristocrat from the second Novel, Valley of the Eagle was not difficult at all. 

I have been acquainted with two individuals of the aristocrat ilk during the years on cattle properties when my children were young.

These Australian-cum-English aristocrats are usually not terribly wealthy. They do a lot of pretending with the plumb in the mouth and they present a well-practiced stylish demeanour. Neighbors usually smile secretly and give them a cheery hello while trying to ignore their flamboyant over-dressing at the country racetrack or charity ball.

One family I knew took the act of aristocracy very seriously indeed. They were born in Australia but kept the traditions from a previous generation. They were lonely with their children at boarding school and asked the jackaroos to join them for dinner in the evenings; but there were rules.

They were very conscious of their status as master and mistress of their estate, even when mortgaged to the hilt, and in reality,had much in common with the neighbor over the hill.

They presented themselves in evening attire for dinner every night without exception. The ringers likewise were expected to be decently presented, preferably with a jacket; the business shirt and tie mandatory.  All would be required to stand to attention when the owners entered the dining room. If their workers refused to acknowledge them in this manner, the worker in question would be dismissed on the spot.  Needless to say they had a huge turnover of workers, some only remained a couple of weeks.

There was a similar family from English heritage living a few miles from one our properties. This other Australian-cum-aristocrat would throw off the toffy clothes immediately after dinner (much to the chagrin of his stylish wife) to sit comfortably in his working clothes to watch television. Poor man, he did try to keep up appearances; but it was all too much. 

 The Series;  the first novel.        COLOURED SANDS

                    the second novel.    VALLEY OF THE EAGLE

    the third novel.         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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