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By 1837, New South Wales had been explored south of the Murray River and declared to be richly pastured, gently undulating and well-watered - a veritable Australia Felix. Land hungry graziers flooded in from New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land to lease as much land as could be justified by the numbers of their livestock.

One of the first to arrive was James Allerton who claimed a vast pastoral empire he named Tendarrum and then struggled to hold it despite fire, flood, drought, economic recession and the traditional, indigenous owners.

Tendarrum is the story of an intrepid pioneer at odds with the rapid social and political changes occurring in Victoria after the Gold Rush and a family divided by lust, greed and jealousy.

An Historical Novel