The lives of staff and residents at the fictional Kings Cross Hospital and Stanton House in Sydney in 1969.


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Series cast summary:
Jessica Marais ...  Joan Millar 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Mandy McElhinney ...  Matron Frances Bolton 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Miranda Tapsell ...  Martha Tennant 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Sophie Bloom Sophie Bloom ...  Vivian Maguire 34 episodes, 2014-2017
Harriet Dyer ...  Patricia Saunders 29 episodes, 2014-2017
Andrew Ryan Andrew Ryan ...  Simon Bowditch 28 episodes, 2015-2017
Jonathan LaPaglia ...  Dr. Patrick McNaughton 26 episodes, 2014-2016
Ella Scott Lynch Ella Scott Lynch ...  Shirley Ryan 26 episodes, 2014-2016
Gracie Gilbert ...  Annie Carmichael 26 episodes, 2014-2016
Matthew Le Nevez ...  Jim Marsh 18 episodes, 2015-2016
Ben O'Toole ...  Pete 17 episodes, 2014-2016
Lincoln Younes ...  Chris Vesty 17 episodes, 2014-2016
Maya Stange ...  Eva McNaughton 16 episodes, 2014-2016


The lives of staff and residents at the fictional Kings Cross Hospital and Stanton House in Sydney in 1969.

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17 February 2014 (Australia) See more »

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Miranda Tapsell (Martha Tennant) & Andrew McFarlane (Jim Millar) also worked together on three episodes of Newton's Law (2017) as Skye Stewart & Eric Whitley respectively. See more »

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This show is almost too sad to watch
23 August 2016 | by jk-692-236394See all my reviews

Since I am American, when I watch certain Australian shows, I often end up doing some research to understand and learn what is happening or if it is based on real facts or history. I watched the first season of this show, but never checked on it until the 2nd season. I found this show upsetting in the way they seemed to force these poor girls to give up their babies. It felt different from maternity homes in our history. Or if you looked at the Call the Midwife show from the UK. I was shocked when I found out this was a forced government situation/program from the 1950's-1970's in Australia. It is truly beyond my comprehension how this was done to these women. It was their parents, the nurses and doctors and I guess the places they sent them, some of them church based, but it appears it was not a religious movement, it was a misguided, parental moralist government movement against out of wedlock women. I find this very sad and depressing. The show is depressing to me because of this as well. It makes me want to time travel back and help these women and I feel helpless watching it. One lady said in a newspaper article she cannot watch it because she is one of the children who was taken from her mother, and it is too upsetting for her to watch. I can certainly see that.

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