Series cast summary:
Ray Barrett ...  Gov. Bligh 8 episodes, 1980
Heather Christie ...  Anne King 8 episodes, 1980
Peter Collingwood ...  Gov. Phillip 8 episodes, 1980
Athol Compton Athol Compton ...  Billalong 8 episodes, 1980
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ...  Finn 8 episodes, 1980
Peter Cousens ...  Patrick Mannion 8 episodes, 1980
John Cousins John Cousins ...  Rev. Marsden 8 episodes, 1980
Michael Craig ...  Stephen Mannion 8 episodes, 1980
Max Cullen ...  Byrne 8 episodes, 1980
Patrick Dickson ...  Mark Harvey 8 episodes, 1980
Gary Duggan Gary Duggan ...  Chaplain 8 episodes, 1980
John Faasen John Faasen ...  George Crossley 8 episodes, 1980
John Frawley John Frawley ...  Gov. King 8 episodes, 1980
Adam Garnett Adam Garnett ...  Johnny - boy 8 episodes, 1980
Vincent Gil ...  Cunningham 8 episodes, 1980
David Gulpilil ...  Benelong 8 episodes, 1980
John Hamblin John Hamblin ...  Robert Campbell 8 episodes, 1980
Chris Haywood ...  Johnny 8 episodes, 1980
Brian Hinzlewood Brian Hinzlewood ...  Capt Johnston 8 episodes, 1980
Robert Hughes ...  Capt. Kemp 8 episodes, 1980
Vic Hunter Vic Hunter ...  Abbott 8 episodes, 1980
Johnny Johnstone Johnny Johnstone ...  Evans 8 episodes, 1980
Peter Kowitz Peter Kowitz ...  Gregory Blaxland 8 episodes, 1980
Don Mamouney Don Mamouney ...  Doolan 8 episodes, 1980
Clive Marshall Clive Marshall ...  Lynch 8 episodes, 1980
Bill McCluskey Bill McCluskey ...  Winden 8 episodes, 1980
Brett Nevill Brett Nevill ...  Convict 8 episodes, 1980
Kirrily Nolan Kirrily Nolan ...  Mary Putland 8 episodes, 1980
Kate Parker Kate Parker ...  Mrs. Blake 8 episodes, 1980
Geneviève Picot ...  Emily 8 episodes, 1980
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ...  Ellen 8 episodes, 1980
Michael K. Ross Michael K. Ross ...  Governor's Aide 8 episodes, 1980
Robin Stewart ...  John Macarthur 8 episodes, 1980
Charlie Strachan Charlie Strachan ...  Driver 8 episodes, 1980
Noel Trevarthen ...  Collins 8 episodes, 1980
Anna Volska Anna Volska ...  Sarah 8 episodes, 1980




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Wonderful, picturesque history set in Australia
13 May 2004 | by zpzjonesSee all my reviews

This series I liked in the tradition of those mini-series found on PBS such as Poldark and Jewel In The Crown. I saw this on the History Channel in the late 90s and they encored it a number of times. It's about the first Europeans to Australia, aristocrats & convicts alike. They arrive and co-exist with the Aborigines who are natives to the continent. The convicts are basically treated like slaves by the higher ups. Nicola Pagett is the only player I recognize in the cast and she plays the wife of one of the arrogant landowners Mr Mannion. She later begins a relationship with a younger more gentler man John MacArthur whom her husband detests. Amongst the indentured women is the character played by Angela Punch MacGregor. She has a young son Johnny(about 9) and she is virtually a sexual slave as well as being a trodded upon servant to Mannion. Her son is cast off as he is not wanted and goes and lives with the Aborigines. He does not return until he is a fully grown man in his early twenties. By then his mother has died from despair and mistreament from Mannion. When Johnny learns that his mother was mistreated by Mannion all through the years and is responsible for his banishment he later kills him.(One is kept wondering if Mannion was Johnny's father. We never know.) Quite touching is how Johnny grew up with the Aborigines and how he has learned to survive through their cultural attitudes. After her husband's death Mrs Mannion(Pagett)blossoms in her relationship with John MacArthur and they eventually marry. A subplot of this series is the travails of two convicts who are always chained and are mistreated and do some mistreating to others. These are mean scenes but do justice historically to how those convicts would have been treated 200 years ago. All in All this is a very well done series, shot in color, which contrasts with so much despair the convicts and poor had to go through. Particularly Angela Punch MacGregor's character.

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4 September 1980 (Australia) See more »

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