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Advertisement, Wellington Times, 19 August 1912, p.3
form y separately published work icon The Life of Rufus Dawes single work   film/TV   historical fiction   crime  
Adaptation of For the Term of His Natural Life Thomas Walker , 1886 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 1911... 1911 The Life of Rufus Dawes
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Contemporary advertisements give the following details:


'ENGLAND. — Hampstead Heath — Sir Richard Devine slain by Rex — His Son Dick accused — Parson North denounces Rex.

'VAN DIEMEN'S LAND. — Convict Settlement at Hell's Gate — Chain Gang — Gabbet's Escape and Capture — Chaplain North gives the Convicts Tobacco — Major Vickers announces the removal to Port Arthur — The Attack — The Departure.

'THE MUTINY. — On Board the Osprey — Captured by Convicts — The Mutineers Maroon Survivors.

'MAROONED. — Two weeks later — Rufus Dawes saved by Sylvia Vickers Three months later — Major Vickers' search for the Castaways — Death of Mrs. Vickers — Sylvia's memory lost through shock — Lieut. Frere accuses Rufus of the crime.

'PORT ARTHUR. — Dawes escapes — Sylvia fails to recognise him — Her memory returning, she wishes to see him — Lady Devine arrives to see her son.

'THE END.— Convicts Confess, and Innocence Proved, and Pardon Granted to "RUFUS DAWES".'


[Advertisement], Examiner [Launceston, Tasmania], 23 January 1912, p.1.




  • Written by Rolfe based not directly on Marcus Clarke's The Term of His Natural Life but on the stage adaptation written for by Thomas Walker for Alfred Dampier's production company.

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      Spencer's Pictures ,
      1911 .
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      Advertisement, Wellington Times, 19 August 1912, p.3
      Extent: 4000 feetp.
      Description: Black-and-white; silent
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