Little House on the Prairie

20187dc11524bcc1b7141a3bcaa0d5b5It is a fair bet that when Tom ­Dennis’s great-great-great grand­father took up his pastoral ­selection in Victoria’s Western ­District in 1840 he ­initially lived in a tiny hand-built house.

There’s no sign of it now: the former 4000 ha [15.5 square miles] Tarndwarncoort estate where the famed Polwarth sheep was bred, and where the Dennis family still lives, near ­Birregurra, has at its heart a magnificent bluestone mansion dating back to Cornish ancestor Alexander’s later years…

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