The Outcasts (Australian TV series)

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The Outcasts
Ad from SMH 28 May 1961
Created byRex Rienits
Directed byColin Dean
StarringRon Haddrick
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Running time30 mins
Original release
Release28 May (1961-05-28) –
10 September 1961 (1961-09-10)
  • Stormy Petrel
  • The Patriots

The Outcasts was a 1961 Australian television serial. A period drama, it was broadcast live, though with some film inserts.[1] All 12 episodes of the serial survive as kinescope recordings.[2] It was a sequel to Stormy Petrel.[3][4][5]


The Outcasts told the story of William Redfern and his attempts to build a hospital in Sydney in 1808.



No.TitleSydney air dateMelbourne air date
1"The New Governor"28 May 1961 (1961-05-28)25 June 1961
In September 1808, former convict William Redfern is admitted as a surgeon in New South Wales. He helps Governor Macquarie when the latter's wife is pregnant and clashes with Reverend Samuel Marsden. Sarah Willis wishes to marry Redfern.
2"Bond and Free"4 June 1961 (1961-06-04)2 July 1961
Macquarie and Marsden argue over whether to invite Redfern to dinner. The invitation impresses Edward Willis, a wealthy settler who did not approve of Redfern and his daughter.
3"The Vision Grows"11 June 1961 (1961-06-11)9 July 1961
4"Re enter John MacArthur"18 June 1961 (1961-06-18)16 July 1961
5"The System"25 June 1961 (1961-06-25)23 July 1961
6"Barrier Breached"2 July 1961 (1961-07-02)30 July 1961
The Blue Mountains are crossed
7"Barrier Breached"9 July 1961 (1961-07-09)6 August 1961
A son for Governor Macquarie is born
8"The Trouble Makers"16 July 1961 (1961-07-16)13 August 1961
Redfern and Sarah move into their new hospital.
9"The Exile's Return"23 July 1961 (1961-07-23)20 August 1961
MacArthur returns to the Colony.
10"The Showdown"30 July 1961 (1961-07-30)27 August 1961
Macquarie's administration is investigated
11"The Final Challenge"6 August 1961 (1961-08-06)3 September 1961
Gilbert's appointment is opposed
12"Victory"13 August 1961 (1961-08-13)10 September 1961


Stormy Petrel, written by Rex Rienits and Colin Dean, had been a big success for the ABC. In November 1960 it was announced Dean and Rienits would reunite for a serial about William Redfern.[3]

In March 1961 Dean said "it has not quite the clear, dramatic line of 'Stormy Petrel'. It involves more people, and although it lacks the central issue of the rebellion, much more happens in 'The Outcasts,' which covers from 1808 to 1822. 'The Outcasts' illustrates the change in the colony — Macquarie's policy of building up a settlement rather than administering it as a penal colony."[4]

There was a cast of 42.[4] A huge set was built to replicate George Street.[6] Star Ron Haddrick was best known for his theatre work at the time.[7]


Reviewing the pilot episode the Sunday Sydney Morning Herald said "ABN 2 looks as though its done it again... I would say that it has another winner and one that might outclass its predecessor...It hasn't yet got as strong a central figure as Bligh... but, on the other hand, it set the pace and established the theme much more rapidly than the Bligh series which was a little slow to develop."[8]

The Woman's Weekly said the story "seems closer to present-day Australia in its lasting effects than the Bligh rebellion, with its high life at Government House, its turbulence, and its drama. "The Outcasts" is a quieter story, made up of more of the everyday events of life... "The Outcasts" is interesting and excellent TV. I know I'll make great efforts not to miss an episode."[5]

The Bulletin said "For those who like their historical drama presented in the Alfred Dampier manner, with shouting, weeping, oppression of the weak, all the characters pure-white or pure-black in morals and the dialogue scissored out of volumes seven to ten of the “Historical Records of Australia,” the series is good, clean fun. But viewers should not take them as historical gospel."[9]


In January 1962 the ABC announced there would be a third series, making it a historical trilogy. It would focus on Darling versus Wentworth.[10]


  1. ^ "THE OUTCASTS. EP. 01". National Film and Sound Archive. Archived from the original on 4 November 2023. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Search The Collection: the outcasts". National Film and Sound Archive. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  3. ^ a b Musgrove, Nan (2 November 1960). "A.B.C. plans new historical serial". The Australian Women's Weekly. p. 90. Retrieved 4 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ a b c Musgrove, Nan (22 March 1961). "A.B.C.-TV's New Historical Serial". The Australian Women's Weekly. Vol. 28. p. 62. Retrieved 4 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ a b Musgrove, Nan (21 June 1961). "Perry Masan in three live shows". The Australian Women's Weekly. Vol. 29, no. 3. p. 19. Retrieved 21 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Musgrove, Nan (31 May 1961). "TV stars rally for heart fund". The Australian Women's Weekly. Vol. 28, no. 52. Australia. p. 19. Retrieved 16 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Lane, Richard (2000). The Golden Age of Australian Radio Drama Volume 2. National Film and Sound Archive. pp. 121–124. ISBN 9780642705037.
  8. ^ Marshall, Valda (4 June 1961). "Fair lady on Revue 61". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 95. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  9. ^ Ellis, M. H. (5 August 1961). "The Outcasts of the A.B.C". The Bulletin. Vol. 82, no. 4251. p. 12. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  10. ^ Musgrove, Nan (31 January 1962). "ABN plans third historical TV serial". The Australian Women's Weekly. Vol. 29, no. 35. Australia. p. 17. Retrieved 16 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.

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