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Against the Wind

Against the Wind



"Yet Freedom! yet thy banner, torn but flying, Streams like the thunderstorm against the wind."

Set in Australia's colonial era (1798-1812), the series follows the life of Mary Mulvane, an daughter of an Irish school master. At 18, she is transported to New South Wales for a term of seven years after attempting to take back her family's milk cow which had been seized by the British "in lieu of tithes" to the local proctor. She endures the trial of a convict sea journey to New South Wales and years of service as a convict before her emancipation and life as a free citizen. During the journey out she makes a lifelong friend of fellow Irish convict, Polly, and in the course of the series we see their friendship continue, Polly's relationship and life with taverner Will Price develop, and Mary's relationship with Jonathon Garrett grow, leading to eventual marriage when both have served their term. Together they face the difficulties of establishing a farm and a young family in the new country, and must deal with the tyrany of the corrupt military running the colony.


Episode Info

Final: 1x13 -- The Windfall Summer (Oct/31/1978)


Lieutenant Greville uses Mrs Wiltshire's affection for him to gain power in the Colony. Jonathan is sentenced to 6 months jail for writing a letter to the Governor exposing the corruption of the overseers after he refuses to do as the new "government" orders. Will is still imprisioned after being turned in for his whiskey making.
Cast
Mary Larkin (1)Mary Larkin (1)
As Mary Mulvane / Mary Garrett
Kerry McGuireKerry McGuire
As Polly McNamara
Jon EnglishJon English
As Jonathan Garrett
Frank GallacherFrank Gallacher
As Will Price
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Recurring Guests

Warwick Sims as Ensign Maurice Greville (11 eps)
Frederick Parslow as Captain Charles Wiltshire (7 eps)
Gerard Kennedy as Dinny O'Byrne (6 eps)
Lynn Rainbow as Mrs. Louisa Wiltshire (6 eps)
Hu Pryce as Jonas Pike (6 eps)
Charles Gilroy as Amos (5 eps)
Terry Gill as Redcoat Sergeant (4 eps)
Don Barker as Captain Abbott (4 eps)
Julia Blake as Cook (4 eps)
Stewart Faichney as Mr. Ricketts (3 eps)

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Warning: Against the Wind guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Mini-Series
Genre: Drama | History
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: Seven ( Australia)
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Premiere: September 12, 1978
Ended: October 31, 1978
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