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.
Marcus Clarke's daughters, Rose Amelia Louisa Bradly and Ethel Marian Marcus Clarke, applied for the copyright of this song, adapted from Marcus Clarke's work, in 1927.