Home Television Drama Boney


1 9 7 2 (Australia)
26 x 60 minute episodes

Although a white man ‘coloured up’, New Zealander James Laurenson took the lead in this popular Australian series about a part-Aboriginal police detective whose beat was the Australian bush.


It shouldn’t have been the busiest patch for crime, but Boney found plenty to keep him occupied among the farmers, prospectors and drifters of the outback.

The series was based on the novels by Arthur Upfield and produced by actor John McCallum and co-starred Kate Fitzpatrick as a young constable.

It received only sporadic screenings in the UK.

Detective Inspector Napoleon ‘Boney’ Bonaparte
James Laurenson