A Drop In The Ocean is an Australian children's television series which first screened on the ABC in 1972. A sequel drama called Birds of Passage was made.

A Drop In The Ocean
GenreChildren's television
Directed byBarry Sloane
StarringKate Fitzpatrick
Don Barkham
Country of originAustralia
No. of seasons1
Running time30 minutes
Original release
Release5 November 1972 (1972-11-05) Sydney[1]



A Drop In The Ocean follows the story of three children who became involved with smugglers. It was filmed around the wharves and slipways of Balmain on Sydney Harbour.[2]



The series was produced by the ABC's "Young People's Department". The episodes were also edited together as a film to screen overseas. Most of the dialogue for the film is improvised. Director Barry Sloane told the Sun Herald: "It gives enormous advantages when working with child actors, and leads to a more natural film."[3]


  • Kate Fitzpatrick as Shirl (a crook)
  • Don Barkham as Dingo (Shirl's male accomplice)
  • Matthew Crosby (son of actor Don Crosby.)[4]
  • Michelle Booker
  • Carlos Merlo

See also



  1. ^ "A Drop In The Ocean". The Australian Women's Weekly. Vol. 40, no. 21. Australia. 25 October 1972. p. 10. Retrieved 27 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Page 61, The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 29 October 1972
  3. ^ Page 105, The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 11 June 1972
  4. ^ The matriarch's legendary heart, 2 June 2006, The Sydney Morning Herald, ...the actor Don Crosby...Matthew, an actor...