SERIES 1 1974 Black & White eps.
1) Of All The Crowd That Assembled There
Guest actors: John Bowman, Robyn Gurney, Ken Weaver, Mark Zandle, Keith Eden, Geoff Parry, Alan Hardy, Robert Forza, Peter Cavanagh, Tim Robertson, David Phillips, Shane Christian.
Script: Howard Griffiths. Directors: David Zweck & Douglas Sharp
Gold Commissioner Edmund Fitzalan arrives at Crockers Gully from India. His duties overlap those of the Sergeant of Troopers, Robert McKellar, and there is an ill-disguised hostility between them due to their differing backgrounds. Also arriving on the goldfields is English lady Sarah Lucas, whose first duty is to bury her husband who died on the voyage to Australia.
Series premier - 100 minute episode.
Premiered: Melbourne 20/8/74, Sydney 29/8/74, Adelaide 5/9/74, Perth 5/9/74, Brisbane 3/10/74, Darwin 18/9/74, Hobart 2/9/74.
2) They'll Yet Regret
Guests: still to come
Sgt. McKellar cautions three notorious troublemakers, Watson, O'Toole and Jones, who hire an Aboriginal worker, Wongerra, to guide them to the new gold find at Ben-Ga-Dee Creek.
3) They Faced All The Dangers, Those Bold Bushrangers
Guest: Rod Mullinar, Lynette Curran, Martin Harris, John Baird, Lesley Baker, Philip McNamara, Alex Porteous.
Script: Sonia Borg. Director: David Zweck
Hard working miner Mick Draper takes in his friend Jim Hill, who talks him into robbing the mail coach. They get away with their loot, but never savour success. Meanwhile, Mick's wife Amy joins Jim's wife Jessie in drinking at the Miners Pub.
4) Toe The Scratch And Never Say Die
Guests: Gerard Kennedy, Mike Preston, Chris Peters, Noel Browne, Barry Barkla, Nevil Thurgood, Debbie Nankervis. Mary Marschall.
English prize fighter Gentleman Jim Dawson comes to the goldfields with two friends, Symons and Green, supposedly to pan for gold. Instead, they intend to cheat the miners by getting them to bet on Gentleman Jim when a fight is staged - and rigged - with one of the local toughs, Peter Hackett. The miner's anger is aroused when Comm. Fitzalan orders that the fight be held in a closed tent with only himself and selected guests present. Sgt. McKellar has to act swiftly in order to prevent a riot, and the ensuing action provides an opportunity for a wandering priest, in whose care the bets have been entrusted, to sneak away with the money.
5) There's A Change From The Old To The New
Guests: Terence Donovan, John Stanton, Ben Gabriel, Mark Zandle, James Moss, Jerry Thomas, David Phillips, Jessica Ball.
Script: John Martin. Story by: John Jones. Director: Keith Wilkes
Gold Commissioner Fitzalan unwittingly instigates another disturbance on the Crockers Gully goldfields when he appoints Dr. Kirby as a temporary teacher. Dr. Kirby's appointment is opposed by the Reverend Smith, who is anxious to safeguard the children of Crockers Gully from what he considers to be Dr. Kirby's subversive teachings. The hostility between the two sparks off a riot among the miners.
6) For That New Promised Land
Guests: Tony Sheldon
Script: Cliff Green. Director: David Zweck
Peter Shaw-Jones, an asthmatic young son of English landed gentry, comes to Crockers Gully to seek his fortune. Desperate and ill, he risks going down a mine at night and is trapped in a cave-in.
7) Three Cheers For Her Gracious Majesty
Guests: Hu Pryce, Mark Zandle, Ron Pinell, Geoff Parry,
Mary Marschall, Andrew Carr, Ivor Bowyer, Art Luden.
Script: James Davern. Director: Keith Wilkes
When Brendan O'Hara is wrongly accused of failure to hold a miner's licence, Fitzalan refuses to believe the story. Later O'Hara is elected as the people's commissioner, and Fitzalan resorts to sly tactics to maintain control over the goldfields.
8) Lament The Days That Are Gone By
Guests: Bruce Kerr, Geoff Parry, Mark Zandle, Isobel Harley, Mary Ward, Lesley Yeomans, Reg Dell, Robert Forza, David John.
Script: Sonia Borg. Director: Douglas Sharp
When a fever epidemic sweeps Crockers Gully, young Jessie Smith's father dies, and Sarah takes the girl to see the Reverend Mr. Fisher. He suggests that Jessie should stay with with Miss Hawk of 'Ilangi', for whom he has the highest regard.
9) Poor John Chow Chow
Guests: Patricia Stephenson, Colin Hor
Peggy O'Shea, the Irish lark, arrives at Crockers Gully to prepare for her tour of the gold fields. Other new arrivals are a Chinese family, whose 18 year-old daughter Yin Soong becomes Fitzalan's housekeeper. However, she falls in love with her employer, and Fitzalan fears that soon the whole camp will know of his affair.
10) Manners Maketh Man
Guests: Dennis Miller, Brian Hannan, Anna Russell,
Script: James Davern. Director: David Zweck
Jones and Brady have been chained to a tree while awaiting trial, but they break free and go bush. They take over a tent belonging to a couple of prospectors, killing one and injuring the other, while planning their next big robbery. Later, Fitzalan and his party, who are travelling from Melbourne with a valuable consignment, are awaiting a police escort at the Welcome Nugget Inn when Jones and Brady burst in. They hold Fitzalan's party at gunpoint, wreak havoc at the inn and take Sarah hostage before Sgt. McKellar arrives with the police escort.