A Tale of the Australian Bush

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A Tale of the Australian Bush
Directed by Gaston Mervale
Written by P. W. Marony
Starring Godfrey Cass
Release date
15 March 1911
Running time
2,500 feet[1] or 3,000 feet[2]
Country Australia
Language Silent film
English intertitles

A Tale of the Australian Bush is a 1911 Australian silent film directed by Gaston Mervale. It was also known as Ben Hall, the Notorious Bushranger and is considered a lost film.


The story of the bushranger Ben Hall, including his duel with Melville, last stand and death. A contemporary review said that "unlike the usual bushranging films, instead of glorifying the villainy of the criminals of the bush, recorded a triumph of the law over the lawless."[3]



It was the first film from the production company Australian Life Biograph Company.[4]


The film was first released in Sydney as Ben Hall, the Notorious Bushranger[5] before being screened nationally under the other title.


  1. ^ "Advertising.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 30 September 1911. p. 2. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Advertising.". The Referee. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 22 May 1912. p. 16. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "NEW BUSH PICTURE-STORY.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 18 March 1911. p. 9. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p15
  5. ^ "Advertising.". The Barrier Miner. Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia. 15 March 1911. p. 1. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 

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