Eureka Stockade (miniseries)

Eureka Stockade is a 1984 Australian miniseries based on the battle of Eureka Stockade.[1] It reunited the producer, writer and star of A Town Like Alice.

Eureka Stockade
Written byTom Hegarty
Directed byRod Hardy
StarringBryan Brown
Bill Hunter
Carol Burns
Amy Madigan
Tom Burlinson
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
ProducerHector Crawford
Running time2 hours each episode
Production companyCrawfords
Budget$2.5 million[1][2]
Original networkChannel Seven
Original release27 March 1984 (1984-03-27)


  • Bryan Brown - Peter Lalor
  • Bill Hunter - Timothy Hayes
  • Carol Burns - Anastasia Hayes
  • Amy Madigan - Sarah Jamieson
  • Tom Burlinson - Father Smythe
  • Brett Cullen - Charles Ross
  • Penelope Stewart as Alicia Dunne
  • Stephen Hayes as Johan Gregorious
  • Rod Mullinar as Vern
  • Tim Hughes as Sgt. Major Tyler
  • Roger L. Howell as Raffaello Carboni
  • Edwin Hodgeman as Commissioner Rede
  • David Ravenswood as Sir Charles Hotham
  • Fred Steele as John Joseph
  • Simon Chilvers as Bishop Goold
  • John Murphy as Father Downing
  • Tommy Dysart as Tom Kennedy
  • Peter Crossley as Johnstone
  • Sam Petersen as Johnny Hayes
  • Reg Evans as Goodenough
  • Luke Gallagher as 'Starry' Hayes
  • Troy Ellis as William Hayes
  • Melissa Crawford as Annie Hayes
  • James Crawford as Timmy Hayes
  • David Bradshaw as Sgt. Major Milne
  • John Larking as Bentley
  • Roger Oakley as Scobie
  • Peter Collingwood as General Nickle
  • Geoff Warren as Dr. Kenworthy
  • Edward Caddick as Father Dunne
  • Peter Curtin as Attorney General
  • Lee James as Aspinall
  • Ruth Yaffe as Mrs. Bentley
  • Victor Kazan as John D'Ewes
  • Chris Hession as James McGill
  • William Zappa as Flash Burke
  • Bruce Knappett as Peter Martin
  • Andrew Martin as Hummfray
  • Chris Hallam as Dr. D.J. Williams
  • Tim Hardiman as Barnard Welch
  • Anthony Hawkins as Dr. Stewart
  • Peter Green as Patrick Carroll
  • Frank Thring as Judge


The series was researched over two years and filmed over four months.[2] It was shot on location near Ballarat and Bendigo.[3] It was a difficult shoot as it took place during a heatwave. A $250,000 set of the British camp was almost destroyed during the Ash Wednesday bushfires.[2] A Eureka flag was stolen during filming.[4]


The series was a ratings disappointment compared to A Town Like Alice. However it sold widely overseas and screened in the US.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p192
  2. ^ a b c "'Eureka: months of filming cost $2.5m". The Canberra Times. Vol. 58, no. 17, 781. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 4 June 1984. p. 21. Retrieved 9 October 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Historic flag to survive in Ballarat". The Canberra Times. Vol. 58, no. 17, 788. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 11 June 1984. p. 25. Retrieved 9 October 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Eureka flag theft halts film". The Canberra Times. Vol. 57, no. 17, 295. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 4 February 1983. p. 10. Retrieved 9 October 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Review from New York Times accessed 3 August 2013
  6. ^ Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 166

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