By Richard Shears
Wealthy, appealing and good knowledgeable, Margaret Clement used to be the belle of Melbourne society. With a legacy from her prosperous father, she and her sisters manage a mansion known as Tullaree within the pastures close to the Tarwin River. With employees to run the valuables, they inspired the cream of Edwardian society with eastern monitors, tapestries and furnishings from their journeys in another country. Hit challenging via the good melancholy and international struggle I, their funds declined and the ditches that stored the Tarwin River again collapsed via overlook. the plush paddocks sank below an enormous swamp because the aged belles clung to their cherished Tullaree. because the swamp rose, so too did the presence of opportunists, scammers, attorneys - and a killer.
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Peter couldn’t have agreed more. She was a pretty young thing, he told Arthur, quick of mind, and didn’t mind getting her hands dirty when there was work to be done. But the age difference… Jane was still only 15; Peter was 41! Yet, the two men agreed, child brides were hardly unusual in the goldfields. If young women were not snapped up as soon as they came of age, they were gone. ‘She likes you, Peter,’ said Arthur. ’ Peter and Jane’s courtship ran for a blissful year. No-one took any notice of the powerfully built Scotsman and the slip of a girl at his side.
They stood in a paddock and admired their work. The house was only single storey, unlike many of those springing up in Melbourne, but they could justifiably call it a mansion, for it was a solid structure made from the riverside clay, comprised 17 rooms and was embraced by a wide verandah. It was certainly the finest home between Gippsland and Melbourne, they agreed, and there was no doubt it would attract a great deal of attention and they would easily find a buyer. Cc Meanwhile, the older children in the Clement family continued their schooling but Jane Clement, enjoying the benefits of her late husband’s estate, was determined that when they were old enough—when Margaret was 16 and Jeanie 18—their education would continue.
She greeted them formally in her cultured tones. ‘Good afternoon. ’ She raised the lamp and they followed a muddy and slippery rising path to the verandah. There were seven men, including the police officer, from the district; four who would need to carry the stretcher later and three with poles to prod the murky water for hidden obstacles. Two neighbours had volunteered to help the policeman; Paddy Brennocks and Bernie Buckley, both of whom lived several miles away across the swamp. Goff Jongebloed, licensee of the local pub, the River View Hotel, also gave his services.