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Massacre Hill (1949)

Eureka Stockade (original title)
Approved | | Drama, History | 26 January 1949 (UK)
In 1854, Australian gold rush miners struggle for their rights against an oppressive government.

Director:

Harry Watt

Writers:

Harry Watt (screenplay), Walter Greenwood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chips Rafferty ... Peter Lalor
Jane Barrett ... Alicia Dunne
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Commissioner Rede
Peter Illing ... Raffaello
Gordon Jackson ... Tom Kennedy
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Gov. Hotham
Sydney Loder Sydney Loder ... Vern
John Fernside John Fernside ... Sly Grog Seller
Grant Taylor ... Sergt. Major Milne
Peter Finch ... Humffray
Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan ... Black
John Fegan John Fegan ... Hayes
Al Thomas Al Thomas ... Scobie
Ron Whelan Ron Whelan ... Bentley
Dorothy Alison ... Mrs. Bentley (as Perk Allison)
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In 1854, Australian gold rush miners struggle for their rights against an oppressive government.

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Sweeping drama of Australia's Gold Rush See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Massacre Hill See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real Eureka flag was collected by police trooper John King, after the fight at the stockade and was kept in the Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery, before being moved in 2012 to the new Museum of Australian Democracy (MADE) at the Eureka Stockade site. See more »

Goofs

Despite the apparent carnage set in the film, only 27 deaths (22 miners and 5 soldiers) are officially attributed to the action at the Stockade. In the Victorian Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages, there is a consecutive list of 27 names all registered as having died at Ballarat on December 3rd. However, there may have been wounded miners who escaped and died of wounds and injuries later and whose deaths were never attributed to involvement at the stockade. See more »

Quotes

Commissioner Rede: Mr Lalor, should there be violence, I can assure you it'll be met with violence.
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Connections

Referenced in Bring me the Head of Rafaello Carboni! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Thrush
(uncredited)
Music by George Le Brunn
Lyrics by W. Hastings
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Watt...best director of the 1940s?
20 March 2002 | by ksaelagnulraonSee all my reviews

Director Watt, after the brilliant The Overlanders in 1946, may have even outdone that here, with a spectacular account of the infamous Eureka Stockade, and, more importantly, the events leading up to it. Rafferty is fantastic in the lead role as reluctant hero Lalor in the film which, considering the rather hefty restrictions placed on films in those days, is as close to a no-holds-barred examination of the events. Like The Overlanders, it's as entertaining as it is educational, and highly recommended for all Australians. 8/10.


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