Swamp: Who Murdered Margaret Clement?
Rich, beautiful and well educated, Margaret Clement was the belle of Melbourne society. With a legacy from her wealthy father, she and her sisters set up a mansion called Tullaree in the pastures near the Tarwin River. With staff to run the property, they impressed the cream of Edwardian society with Japanese screens, tapestries and furniture from their trips abroad. Hit hard by the Great Depression and World War I, their finances declined and the ditches that kept the Tarwin River back collapsed through neglect. The lush paddocks sank under a vast swamp as the elderly belles clung to their beloved Tullaree. As the swamp rose, so too did the presence of opportunists, scammers, lawyers - and a killer.
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The original book was published in 1981 and for those interested in the early history of South Gippsland
It's a real page turner. The loss of inherited wealth and misfortune dogged the Clement sisters for many years rendering them to lives of poverty and incredible hardship. They clung to Tullaree as it fell Iinto disrepair and the lush surrounding paddocks were reclaimed by swamp isolating the ageing sisters from the rural community. Margaret Clement, once the belle of Edwardian society would make her way on foot through the flooded paddocks to the Buffalo General Store to collect meagre provisions guided only by her prodding sticks and flickering hurricane lamp. To live as they must have in such deprivation until 1952 is difficult to imagine. After the death of her beloved sister Margaret lived alone at a delipdated Tullaree until her mystifying disappearance in 1952. The then chief of Victoria Police Homicide Squad had no doubt she was murdered but did not have sufficient evidence to charge the suspect. This is a terrible, sad and true story deserving of a film adaptation which for lack of funding has never happened. The script is right here in Richard Shears' narrative.
This books are one of my favourites it is set back to the future and the past. I really enjoyed it and i think that the owner to be was the murder for any one out there. My dad had read this book and loved so i went to our bookshelf got it out and read it. It took me 12 days to read it and i loved it!!!