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Series cast summary:
 Richard Eastwick (5 episodes, 1988)
Victoria Longley ...
 Kate McBride / ... (5 episodes, 1988)
 Josh McCall (5 episodes, 1988)
 Lonely Logan (5 episodes, 1988)
Dennis Miller ...
 Hasky Tarbox (5 episodes, 1988)
Harold Hopkins ...
 Rev. McBride (5 episodes, 1988)
Jenny Lee ...
 Mrs. McBride (5 episodes, 1988)
Kristina Nehm ...
 Esmerelda (5 episodes, 1988)
 Frances Eastwick (5 episodes, 1988)
 Emma Tarbox / ... (5 episodes, 1988)
 David Eastwick (5 episodes, 1988)
Scott Burgess ...
 Guy Westaway (5 episodes, 1988)
Robert Menzies ...
 Richie Eastwick (5 episodes, 1988)
 Billy / ... (2 episodes, 1988)
Ned Manning ...
 David Eastwick II / ... (2 episodes, 1988)
Leverne McDonnell ...
 Christine Candy (2 episodes, 1988)
Hayden Topperwien ...
 Young Richard Eastwick (2 episodes, 1988)


"Dirtwater Dynasty" is the story of embittered rivalry, triumph and despair. The life of Richard Eastwick is told in a story spanning three generations and eight decades. Born in the London slums in 1878, he comes to Australia at age 20, with nothing but a handful of courage and a dream. He acquires land, marries and raises a family, wins loyal friends and makes bitter enemies, and builds a land and cattle ranching empire. Both world wars and the economic depression take their toll on his family. But his dream to create a dynasty gives him a reason to continue. Written by <hartcher@dingoblue.net.au>

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10 April 1988 (Australia)  »

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Best Aussie Mini-Series I have seen!
23 July 2004 | by (Victoria, Australia) – See all my reviews

'This is the land of my childhood. The oldest land on earth. The place of endless summer and soaring skies. This is Australia. The Outback. A harsh and unforgiving land. I can look back on it now across the track of 80 years and still remember what it was like. Standing on the very edge of a new frontier. Nature seemed much grander then, the stars are closer, the sun is hotter, the rivers wider and in my minds eye I can see all of us, moving through this giant landscape like a strange nomadic tribe. We were the drovers, the prospectors, squatters, and shearers. We were bushmen, simple men. The shape of our lives hammered out by drought and fire. All except for one. The outback could never forge him. He forged the outback. Tonight I want to tell you about the only man who ever tamed this land. Richard Eastwick. From out of nowhere he built an empire, yet like any man who tries to write his will across the sky, he paid the price'

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