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In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Anthony Perkins ...  Rev James North 2 episodes, 1983
Patrick Macnee ...  Major Vickers 2 episodes, 1983
Samantha Eggar ...  Mrs. Vickers 2 episodes, 1983
Diane Cilento ...  Lady Elinor Devine 2 episodes, 1983
Rod Mullinar ...  Lt. Maurice Frere 2 episodes, 1983
Robert Coleby ...  John Rex 2 episodes, 1983
Susan Lyons Susan Lyons ...  Sarah 2 episodes, 1983
Penelope Stewart Penelope Stewart ...  Sylvia Vickers 2 episodes, 1983
Colin Friels ...  Richard Devine / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Warwick Cooper Warwick Cooper ...  Loftus 2 episodes, 1983
Jeremy Coote Jeremy Coote ...  Frank Edgely 2 episodes, 1983
Selwyn Crockett Selwyn Crockett ...  Willis 2 episodes, 1983
Hedley Cullen ...  Toddy 2 episodes, 1983
John Dick John Dick ...  Francis Wade 2 episodes, 1983
Patrick Frost Patrick Frost ...  Collins 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Goerecke Peter Goerecke ...  Reasin 2 episodes, 1983
Damon Herriman ...  Blinker 2 episodes, 1983
Drummond Jewitt Drummond Jewitt ...  Sailor Johnson 2 episodes, 1983
David Jobling David Jobling ...  Convict 2 episodes, 1983
Jonathon Leigh Jonathon Leigh ...  Randolph 2 episodes, 1983
Barry Lovett Barry Lovett ...  Captain Blunt 2 episodes, 1983
Stephen Marney ...  Prison Guard 2 episodes, 1983
Anna Maria Monticelli ...  Alicia 2 episodes, 1983
Glynn Nicholas Glynn Nicholas ...  Kirkland 2 episodes, 1983
Jon Nicholls Jon Nicholls ...  Hardy 2 episodes, 1983
Henry Salter Henry Salter ...  Troke, prison warder 2 episodes, 1983
Wendy Strehlow ...  Jenny 2 episodes, 1983
David Winston David Winston ...  Jack 2 episodes, 1983


In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity of Lt. Frere while falling in love with Sylvia, the Warden's daughter. Meanwhile, back in England, an imposter lays claim to the young man's inheritance. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Release Date:

1983 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Me timima ti zoi tou See more »


Box Office


$5,600,000 (estimated)
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(6 Episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was the first version of the story which wasn't a silent film. See more »


Lt. Maurice Frere: [to Rufus Dawes] I've got a good mind to give you fifty.
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20 May 2019 | by grahamvrSee all my reviews

I started watching this, first time I have seen it, as I thought it was just about a bunch of convicts on a ship heading for Van Demiens Land, now Australia. I had previously seen the Alan Ladd film Two Years Before the Mast and thought it would be similar, so wrong I was. This is truly a classic and if made again today I am sure would be a box office hit. It had a great cast of Australian, English and one American, Anthony Perkins. There was action, violence, drama, pathos, everything to make a great classic story. I gave this a 10 rating. Many would say it's not worth that by the standards of movies made today but this truly is in the realm of the classics. Try a find it if you can and watch the whole 5 hours approx. I saw it on a internet site called Kanopy which is a site you can connect to through your local library. I believe this is world wide.i

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