An inside look at some of Australia's most powerful families — Downer, Macarthur, Wright, Myer, Durack and De Bortoli. Presented here are the six episodes from series one, first screened on ABC TV in November 2002, which reveal the story of some of Australia's great dynasties, the ways they have shaped our society, their private motivations and their ongoing influences.es
In the 1930s, nineteen year-old Dan Leahy and his brother became the first white men to walk into the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Their arrival in search of gold brought cataclysmic change. Before long, the Leahy's gold mine had become the centre of a new outpost in the Australian colony. But unlike other colonialists, Dan Leahy openly embraced local custom. Uncaring of scandal, he raised a family of ten children from three village wives. Today, thirty years after Australia gave Papua New Guinea its independence, his descendents still call the Highlands their home. This is the story of a unique colonial legacy and a family that must still bridge the divide between two very different worlds.