Book: Lord of the Manor in Australia by Raymond Boyd Dunncategories: Book, Aristocracy, Gold Rush, World Wars, Bombing of Darwin, Heirs, World Depressions, WW1, WW2, Best Laid Plans..., Australiana
Raymond Boyd Dunnabout this book: George Greenfield was a born and bred English Aristocrat - the second son of an Earl. As the second son of an Earl he was destined to enter a seminary to study to become a minister in the Church of England. This was a vocation he could not see himself following. To escape the condemnation of his peers he migrated to the far side of the world, to Australia, in the footsteps of the British and Irish felons who had preceded him.
He was extremely fortunate in finding gold at Gympie, and he became known as the Man with the Golden Touch. Everything he tried met with success. He built a large mansion, resembling a small castle, in the Australian bush; his dream was to create a dynasty, with each succeeding heir being the Lord of the Manor. The elaborate building was to be the memorial to his success and astuteness.
The idea for a novel such as this came to the author as a result of the success of the television programme DOWNTON ABBEY. He wanted the story to take place in Australia, beginning in the time of the Gympie gold rush in 1879, and following the fortunes of the family until the present day.
The title of the book was originally "The Greenfields of Greenfield House". One Independent review..."Enjoyed reading it. Very well written."
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