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Issue Details: First known date: 1974... 1974 Essington
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In Essington, Keneally gives an account of a Royal Marine settlement at Port Essington on the northern coast of Australia in the 1840s. The European settlers are unable to adapt their social structures and ideals to the new surroundings.

Bob Squires, a convict on the run, stumbles into the newly established township of Port Essington, which is crumbling under the effects of fatigue, disease, and madness. Squires makes himself invaluable to the marines of the disintegrating garrison. A naval vessel eventually arrives with orders to evacuate the settlement and destroy the fort to prevent it from falling into the hands of a possible enemy. Squires remains behind with a half-witted girl, Pretty Polly.


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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Form: screenplay
      ca. 1974 .
      Extent: 138p.p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Series: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts series - publisher

      A collection in the Fryer Library at The University of Queensland of manuscript film and play scripts.


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H0967

      Australian Broadcasting Commission release script (film footage indicated throughout script).

      ca. 1974 .
      Extent: 190p.p.
      (Manuscript) assertion


      Held at: National Archives of Australia National Archives Library
      Local Id: SP1473/1
First known date: 1975
Last amended 16 Apr 2020 12:21:27
  • Port Essington, Cobourg Peninsula, West Arnhem Land, Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory,
  • 1840s
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