Dynasties, Vol. 1
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What is it that drives a person to have dynastic ambitions? Is their joy any greater for achieving prosperity and status, their despair any deeper for seeing it all slip away? Can power be genetically transferred, or does one generation’s success foreshadow the failure of the next? To find the answers to some of these questions, take a journey through the dynastic secrets and skeletons of seven famous families. With extraordinary and exclusive access, this absorbing series introduces us to present-day patriarchs, grande dames and their successors as they share their family stories — revealing what binds them together and tears them apart, their aspirations and fears, past regrets, current conflicts and future expectations. At work and at play, at home and at large, we taste the daily lives of these families and their privileged history through never-before-seen photographs and home movies.
|1||VideoA Liberal Legacy||In Australia, politics is as dynastic as it is democratic. But few can claim three generations of a political legacy, as can Alexander Downer, Australia's foreign minister.||26:00||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoQuentin's Choice||Once Australia's most powerful pastoral family, the Macarthur dynasty now clings to its ancestral home, Camden Park on the outskirts of Sydney, passed down over seven generations as its final link to a glorious past.||25:04||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoThe Wright Stuff||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.||25:59||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoThe Myers of Melbourne||The Myer collective wealth has grown to more than $600 million. But the Myer story begins a hundred years ago, in 1899, with the arrival of a Russian Jewish refugee, Simcha Baevski, who had only three-pence to his name.||26:36||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoDurack Dreaming||The Duracks were among the first of Australia's great cattle kings. But in their own words they were 'kings in grass castles', their fortunes built on flimsy soil.||27:31||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoThe De Bortolis of Griffith||The De Bortoli dynasty owes much of its success to its Italian heritage, but for how much longer can it stay true to its down-to-earth roots? Worth over $100 million, the De Bortoli family is now one of our largest wine exporters.||26:37||$2.99||View in iTunes|