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Dynasties. Series 1, The Wright stuff

Author: Stephen Ramsey; William Zappa
Publisher: New South Wales : ABC Commercial, 2002.
Series: Australasian video online
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
Summary:
Following in a great woman's footsteps isn't easy. Such was the lesson learnt by David Wright when he tried to live up to the legacy of the dynasty's strong-minded matriarch, who took on banks and drought to establish a pastoral fortune. For three generations, the Wright dynasty reigned supreme in the rich pasturelands of New England. Uniquely, the family empire was established by a young widow, Charlotte May, whose  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
History
Named Person: Wright family.; Wright family.
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Ramsey; William Zappa
OCLC Number: 897556083
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed October 29, 2014).
Following in a great woman's footsteps isn't easy. Such was the lesson learnt by David Wright when he tried to live up to the legacy of the dynasty's strong-minded matriarch, who took on banks and drought to establish a pastoral fortune. For three generations, the Wright dynasty reigned supreme in the rich pasturelands of New England. Uniquely, the family empire was established by a young widow, Charlotte May, whose enterprise and ingenuity secured its place as the district's leading graziers. But to keep their position, the present members of the dynasty have had to choose between the risks of expansion or the inevitability of a slow decline as land is divided up between successive generations. This is the story of two branches of the Wright dynasty that have made very different choices. David Wright tried to emulate his grandmother, concocting a breathtaking scheme to make his family Australia's leading supplier of beef. He borrowed millions upon millions from the bank through the 1980s, buying more and more properties and livestock, without securing a buyer for his product. He ended up owing the bank $60 million and inevitably the bank began demanding repayments. By December 2000, he had lost it all -- his properties, his cattle and his wife to cancer. His sister, the poet Judith Wright, watched in despair and died soon after. David's cousins, Sally and Edward, are witness to his plight, but face problems of their own. Their branch of the family has never risked expansion -- and now they have little left to pass on to their children. They must struggle to seek a solution. This half-hour program goes to the heart of a dynasty confronting, for the first time, a bleak and uncertain future.
Description: 1 online resource (27 min.).
Series Title: Australasian video online
Responsibility: by Stephen Ramsey.

Abstract:

Following in a great woman's footsteps isn't easy. Such was the lesson learnt by David Wright when he tried to live up to the legacy of the dynasty's strong-minded matriarch, who took on banks and drought to establish a pastoral fortune. For three generations, the Wright dynasty reigned supreme in the rich pasturelands of New England. Uniquely, the family empire was established by a young widow, Charlotte May, whose enterprise and ingenuity secured its place as the district's leading graziers. But to keep their position, the present members of the dynasty have had to choose between the risks of expansion or the inevitability of a slow decline as land is divided up between successive generations. This is the story of two branches of the Wright dynasty that have made very different choices. This half-hour program goes to the heart of a dynasty confronting, for the first time, a bleak and uncertain future.

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