Margaret Clement was known as the Lady of the Swamp. She and her sister Jeanie had enjoyed a life of luxurious ease in the early decades of the 1900s, a social whirl, trips around the world and even a presentation at Court. No expense was spared. But it was not to last. Their brother James, who had managed the abundant property of Tullaree – bought in 1907 from the proceeds of their late father’s estate – went to war and the two women, with little idea of how to run the property, fell prey to unscrupulous farm managers, creditors and rustlers who broke down their fences. The rich pastures, once kept in check by prime cattle, began to flood and drainage was neglected. Yet the sisters continued their extravagant lifestyle. Over the years several mortgages were taken out by the sisters, grimly determined to hang onto the remnant of past glories. The roof leaked, the windows were smashed, the once-picturesque gardens were overrun by blackberries and the sisters wore their tattered finery to rags. Margaret waded through a kilometre of swamp water three times a week to the nearest town for supplies. Jeanie died in 1950 and Margaret lived on alone in the ruins, without gas, electricity or running water. Then in May 1952, during a period of particularly wet and violent weather, she vanished. At first it was believed that she had slipped and drowned in the ever-encroaching swamp…but then it transpired that she had disinherited her nephew – and that her neighbour had recently given her a generous mortgage on the property…In June 1980, a skeleton was found in the area but it was not Margaret Clements. The case is inactive, but still open. Illustrated with black and white photographs.