The Dirtwater Dynasty

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The Dirtwater Dynasty
Written by Tony Morphett
Michael Jenkins
John Power
Terry Hayes
John Duigan
Alan Seymour
John Misto
Directed by Michael Jenkins
John Power
Starring Hugo Weaving
Victoria Longley
Steve Jacobs
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 5
Production company(s) Kennedy Miller
Original network Network Ten
Original release 10 April 1988

The Dirtwater Dynasty is a five-part Australian drama miniseries, first screened on Network Ten in 1988. The Dirtwater Dynasty was directed by Michael Jenkins and John Power.[1]

The Dirtwater Dynasty is the story of embittered rivalry, triumph and despair, spanning three generations and eight decades. Born in the London slums in 1878, Richard Eastwick comes to Australia at age 20, with nothing but a handful of courage and a dream. He acquires land, marries and raises a family, makes loyal friends and bitter enemies. Two world wars and the economic depression take their toll on his family and his land and cattle ranching empire but his dream to create a dynasty gives him a reason to continue.


  • Hugo Weaving as Richard Eastwick
  • Victoria Longley as Kate Eastwick (née McBride), Nancy Westaway (née Eastwick), Sarah Westaway
  • Steve Jacobs as Josh McCall
  • Judy Morris as Frances Eastwick
  • Bruce Spence as Lonely Logan
  • Dennis Miller as Hasky Tarbox
  • Harold Hopkins as Rev. McBride
  • Jenny Lee as Mrs. McBride
  • Kristina Nehm as Esmerelda
  • Peter Phelps as David Eastwick
  • Scott Burgess as Guy Westaway
  • Robert Menzies as Richie Eastwick
  • Ned Manning as David Eastwick II
  • Anne-Louise Lambert as Emma Tarbox
  • Arna-Maria Winchester as Mrs. Tarbox
  • Leverne McDonnell as Christine Eastwick
  • Ernie Dingo as Billy (Senior)
  • Vincent Ball as Eastwick Banker
  • Damien Connor as Stockman
  • Daryl Dicks as Hughie, Stockman
  • John Livingstone as Stockman
  • Kristen Mann as Stockman
  • Gary Sargeant as Juggler
  • Hayden Topperwien as Young Richard Eastwick
  • Iain Williams as Stockman #2
  • Mouche Phillips as Mary Eastwick


The miniseries rated well earning 33 points.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p187
  2. ^ Robin Oliver, "The Guide THE RESTLESS YEAR", Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 1988 p 1

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