1 9 8 5 (Australia)
10 x 25 minute episodes
This 10-part historical drama – based on Margaret Paice’s Depression-era books Colour in the Creek and A Shadow of Wings – captured the highs and lows of life on the Australian goldfields in the early 1930s.
Driven by desperation and hope for a better life, the Fletcher family pack their worldly belongings into the back of a Model T Ford and head to the outback in search of work, food and shelter.
On the road, patriarch John Fletcher (Dennis Miller) lends his hand to anything that can provide a meal for his family, from fixing farm equipment to building fences.
Learning of a gold strike nearby, he and his wife Ellen (Judy Morris) lead their three children into the dusty unknown of the Coorumbong Creek region to try their luck.
When 12-year-old son Alec (Ken Talbot) and his friend discover a nugget of gold in a nearby stream, it will change the family’s fortune forever.
The Great Depression | All the Family’s Money Has Gone Missing | Alec Enjoys the Flight of a Lifetime | The Fletcher Family Set Up Camp in Coorumbong Creek | Hypnotised | Return to Coorumbong Creek | Gold Fever | Code of Silence | Old Joe Is Elected Mayor | The Golden Cairn