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The Western District of Victoria. Even the name conjures up establishment families, history and grandeur. This area, extending from the Grampians region in the south-west of the state to Geelong in the east, and stretching as far north as Ararat, has some of the most productive land in Australia and some of its most renowned homesteads and gardens. In this fascinating and beautiful book, Richard Allen and Kimbal Baker take us into the private world of twenty of these most notable properties. Through their early histories we follow their fortunes and see the splendour of these great homes. It is a tribute to the past, when fortunes built elaborate mansions and grand gardens, and to the present owners who have so lovingly preserved their properties' architectural heritage.
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Richard Allen has been a journalist for over twenty years. His previous books include Shimmering Spokes: One Australian's 16,000 Kilometre Odyssey, Recollections of a Remarkable Age, Australia's Remarkable Trees and The Spirit of Golf and How It Applies to Life. Kimbal Baker is a Melbourne-based freelance photographer with more than thirty years' experience. His images have been published in many Australian and international publications, and he has worked for Agence France-Presse and ACP. His previous books include Grammar, The Capital Golf Club, The National Golf Club and Australia's Remarkable Trees.
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