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form y separately published work icon The Pastures of the Blue Crane series - publisher   film/TV   young adult  
Adaptation of Pastures of the Blue Crane Hesba Brinsmead , 1964 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 1969... 1969 The Pastures of the Blue Crane
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A coming-of-age story about Rhyll Mereweather, a teenage girl who, after her father dies, believes that she now has no family. Soon afterwards, however, she is informed that she has inherited a run-down northern NSW banana plantation. When she travels from her home in Melbourne to see the property, she discovers a crusty old grandfather and some other surprising relatives she didn't know about.

As with the book, the screenplay deals with many issues, including the irresponsible property development ruining the pristine coastline of northern NSW. It also, in a witty and hopeful way, deals with some of the most unsavoury aspects of Australian culture: its casual racism, its ingrained sexism, and the pressures put upon young people to conform to expectations. The film was arguably the first Australian television series to address racism in any meaningful way. Although the series was made at a time when Australia was still pursuing a white-only immigration program and when discrimination against Aboriginal peoples was endemic, the subject matter was handled with some care by the producers.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1969
Form: screenplay
      1969 .
      Extent: 1v.p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • Partial shooting scripts for Pastures of the Blue Crane (Parts of episodes 3, 4, and 6).


      Held at: State Library of NSW
      Local Id: MLMSS 6073/9-10

      Holding: Barbara Vernon - Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Drama Department. 1967-1974

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