1 9 6 5 – 1 9 6 6 (Australia)
39 x 25 minute episodes
This black and white children’s TV series from Australia centred around 14-year-old Tom Thumbleton (played by 18-year-old David Morgan), a boy living on an outback sheep farm.
He finds a magic boomerang which, in flight, can make everything (including time) stand still. The boomerang then becomes the means of dealing with villains and neer-do-wells.
The series – produced at Woodend, 40 miles from Melbourne – was extremely conscious in its deployment of Australian symbols which no doubt helped its marketing overseas. It suffered, though, from its rabid insistence to show nothing unpleasant – no violence, no guns, nothing that would upset the vicar!
But there was a lot of horse riding. Sadly, when you’ve seen one horse you’ve seen the lot. Especially if the horses are being ridden for long intervals and to no particular purpose.
The Magic Boomerang screened in Australia on the ABC and was sold to Canada, Britain, Italy, Northern Ireland and Rhodesia.
The Discovery | Christmas Cracker | A Visit From Grandma | Wombat Finds A Friend | The Hunter | No Mail Today | A Matter Of Survival | The Bushranger | Ill Wind | The Thief Who Believed In Magic | Fire Trap | The Hypnotist | The Uncatchables | North To Warralinga | The Big Catch | Moonlight Reef | Aunt Matilda | The Cattle Duffers | The Saucer From Venus | Masked Man From Manangatang | Moomba | Gentleman Jackaroo | Head Of The River | The Vanishing Spell | The Stand-In | Race Against Time | The Auction | A Lesson For Wombat | Friend Or Foe | The Good Turn | Pony Express | The Last Lap | Salt ‘n’ Pepper | Mother’s Day | A Night At The Thumbleton’s | My Friend Higgins | Stranger In Town | Mr Santa Claus | The Messenger