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The Shiralee 

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Mini-Series (1987)
Macauley is a swagman on the road in the 1940s looking for work. He's a laid back, laconic sort of bloke but when he gets landed with his daughter after his drunken play-girl wife in ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Bryan Brown ...  Macauley 2 episodes, 1987
Noni Hazlehurst ...  Lily 2 episodes, 1987
Rebecca Smart Rebecca Smart ...  Buster 2 episodes, 1987
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ...  Tony 2 episodes, 1987
Lorna Lesley Lorna Lesley ...  Marge 2 episodes, 1987
Ned Manning ...  Jim 2 episodes, 1987
Madeleine Blackwell Madeleine Blackwell ...  Lucy 2 episodes, 1987
Simon Chilvers ...  Thaddeus 2 episodes, 1987
Julie Hamilton ...  Bella 2 episodes, 1987
Reg Evans ...  Luke 2 episodes, 1987
William Zappa ...  Donny 2 episodes, 1987
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ...  Beauty 2 episodes, 1987
Kirrily Nolan Kirrily Nolan ...  Ruby 2 episodes, 1987
Lynette Curran ...  Hareema 2 episodes, 1987
Norman Kaye ...  Desmond 2 episodes, 1987
Ray Meagher ...  Polkadot 2 episodes, 1987
Warren Coleman Warren Coleman ...  Lucky 2 episodes, 1987
Daphne Grey Daphne Grey ...  Mrs. MacMillan 2 episodes, 1987
Bob George Bob George ...  1st Shearer 2 episodes, 1987
Stephen Sculley Stephen Sculley ...  2nd Shearer 2 episodes, 1987
Leo Taylor Leo Taylor ...  3rd Shearer 2 episodes, 1987
Patrick Frost Patrick Frost ...  Bathgate 2 episodes, 1987
Barbara West Barbara West ...  Mrs. Weiss 2 episodes, 1987
Tony Mack Tony Mack ...  Dr. Fitzmaurice 2 episodes, 1987
Maureen Sherlock Maureen Sherlock ...  Hospital Sister 2 episodes, 1987
Rosie Sturgess Rosie Sturgess ...  Woman on Train 2 episodes, 1987
Thye Liew Wan Thye Liew Wan ...  Cheetham 2 episodes, 1987
Myra Noblet Myra Noblet ...  Lady Customer 2 episodes, 1987
Stuart Hunt Stuart Hunt ...  Tony's Brother 2 episodes, 1987
David Sadler David Sadler ...  Tony's Brother 2 episodes, 1987
Ullie Birve Ullie Birve ...  Young Woman on Train 2 episodes, 1987
Warwick Cooper Warwick Cooper ...  Wilmington Policeman 2 episodes, 1987
Hedley Cullen ...  Stationmaster 2 episodes, 1987
Wayne Anthoney Wayne Anthoney ...  Mechanic 2 episodes, 1987
Wayne Scott Kermond Wayne Scott Kermond ...  Freakshow Spruiker 2 episodes, 1987
Ian Shrives Ian Shrives ...  Mulga 2 episodes, 1987
Robin Laurie Robin Laurie ...  Laughing Clown Woman 2 episodes, 1987
Damon Sanders Damon Sanders ...  Clerk at Hotel 2 episodes, 1987
Greg Schwark Greg Schwark ...  Thug at Hotel 2 episodes, 1987
Zev Eleftheriou Zev Eleftheriou ...  Thug at Hotel 2 episodes, 1987
Damien Wiseman Damien Wiseman ...  Flaling Freddie 2 episodes, 1987
Glenn Ruehland Glenn Ruehland ...  Local Fancy 2 episodes, 1987
Bob Hicks Bob Hicks ...  Ukranian Boxer 2 episodes, 1987
Johnson Oyelodi Johnson Oyelodi ...  Zulu CHieftain / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Pat Hodgins Pat Hodgins ...  Fat Lady 2 episodes, 1987
Glenn Rafferty Glenn Rafferty ...  George / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Walla Peter Walla ...  Stilt Man 2 episodes, 1987
Fred Draxler Fred Draxler ...  Dwarf 2 episodes, 1987
Michael Schwarcbord Michael Schwarcbord ...  Piano Accordianist 2 episodes, 1987


Macauley is a swagman on the road in the 1940s looking for work. He's a laid back, laconic sort of bloke but when he gets landed with his daughter after his drunken play-girl wife in Adelaide makes him face up to what she believes are his responsibilities, neither he nor his daughter are ready for each other. But in the beginning he's all she's got, and at the end, she's all he's got. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

1987 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Macaulay's Daughter See more »


Box Office


AUD2,750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(2 parts)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both of the set and filmed in Australia and made in 1957 feature films starring actor Peter Finch, ''The Shiralee' (1957) and 'Robbery Under Arms (1957), have been remade by the South Australian Film Corporation [See: 'The Shiralee' (1987) and 'Robbery Under Arms' (1985)]. See more »


Remake of The Shiralee (1957) See more »


Lily of Laguna
Written by Leslie Stuart
Played at the dance
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Beautiful Movie
19 November 1998 | by Cate-2See all my reviews

I first saw the Shiralee on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) when it came out in 1987. It deeply moved me and has been my favourite movie since then. I have desperately wanted to see it again and found it at the video store, then to my disbelief, found that the entire plot had been edited out to fit it onto video. The Shiralee is about a man named Macaulay who travels around the country and shears sheep, brands cattle and boxes for a living. He has a wife and a daughter, named Buster, who he sends his earnings to. He returns to visit and finds his wife romanticising with the town bookie and his daughter asleep in bed after being fed alcohol. Macaulay is outraged and takes his daughter on the road with him. As they travel Macaulay and Buster both become very attached to each other and go through much together, including illness, separation and the mothers plea to get Buster back, for the mere purpose of hurting Macaulay. The Shiralee is a very emotional movie and Rebecca Smart and Bryan Brown are very convincing actors.

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