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Jonah (TV series)

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SMH ad 15 Oct 1962
Written byRoss Napier
Michael Plant
Directed byDavid Cahill
Ken Hannam
StarringBrian James
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes20
ProducerHarry Dearth
Running time30 mins
Budget£3,500 per episode[1]
Original networkATN-7
Original release15 October 1962 (1962-10-15) –
1962 (1962)

Jonah is an Australian television drama series which aired for 20 episodes starting from 15 October 1962 on the Seven Network. Produced during an era when commercial television in Australia produced few dramatic series, Jonah was a period drama, and was inspired by the success of ABC's period drama mini-series like Stormy Petrel.[2]

The episodes still exist.[3]


The National Film and Sound Archive describes the series as a "historical drama series about Jonah Locke, a merchant trader in the early Australian colony".[4] Jonah lived in Sydney between 1840 and 1850. He would encounter historical figures.

Regular Cast

  • Brian James as Jonah Locke
  • Hilary Bamberger as Ann Parry, Jonah's housekeeper
  • Neil Fitzpatrick as Brett Hamilton, Jonah's nephew

Guest Stars


In March 1962 it was announced ATN would make the series with Michael Plant to be writer and story editor, Harry Dearth to produce and David Cahill to direct.[5] By July the lead actors had been cast. It was shot at Artransa Park Studios. Michael Plant was the writer and script editor.[6][7]

The episode cost around £3,500 each. They sold to the Australian networks for £1,500 an episode and then to Britain for £1,000 an episode. There were disputes with Actors Equity over how much the actors should be paid.[1]


One review called it "splendid".[8]

The Women's Weekly called it "fast, action packed entertainment".[9]

Select Episodes

  • Ep 1 – "No Time for Despair" (w. Michael Plant) – gold is discovered in 1839 – guest starring Hans Farkash as Count Strzelecki, Ron Haddrick as Governor Gipps, Al Thomas, Owen Weingott (Stone Polonski)[10]
  • Ep 2 – "A Tale of Two Bees" – the story of Benjamin Boyd who dreamed of building his own city – guest starring Colin Croft, Brigid Lenihan, John Faasen as Sir John Franklin Gwen Plumb as Lady Jane Franklin
  • "A Ring Around a Rosa" – story of a young immigrant girl – guest star Muriel Steinbeck as Caroline Chisolm, Judith Artha as Rosa
  • "The Wrong Hands" – the story of Ludwig Leichardt – guest star Clement McCallin, Joe McCormick, Philip Ross
  • "Freedom for Port Phillip" – about John Dunmore Lang – guest star Henry Gilbert, John Llewellyn, Lionel Pearcey, Robert McPhee
  • "A Nest of Hornets" – about clash with Chinese migrants at Lambing Flat – guest star Allan Tobin as Lin Fong, Derek Barnes as Captain Zouch[11]
  • "The Hashemy" – about the ship The Hashemy
  • "The Marquis of Mullambimbee" – the clash between William Wentworth and Henry Parkes – with James Condon, Keith Buckley, Bill Lewis
  • "Black Henry" – about a man who helped fix unemployment – with Brigid Lenihan, Chris Christensen, Richard Davies, Claire Dunn
  • "The Railroader" – Miles Morgan builds a railway in the Hunter Valley – with Wynn Roberts (Morgan), Vaughan Tracey as Jamey
  • "The Coal Mutiny" – a man leads a charge against the monopoly given to the Australian Agricultural Company – guest starring Tom Farley as James Brown, Moray Powell as Commodore Styles, Noeline Brown as Dorothea Styles
  • "Where is Adelaide?" – story of the planning of the city of Adelaide with Donald Phillips (as Captain Duff), John Barnard (as William Light), John Faasen (as Horton Depenn)
  • "The Seekers" – Puritans arrive in Australia on their way to New Zealand – guest starring Tanya Haylesworth as Purity Tunstall, Alan Herbert as John Tunstall
  • "The Damned Darlinghurst" – Jonah spends time in Darlinghurst Prison prison on a matter principle – guest starring Al Thomas as Colonel Keck, Lyndall Barbour as Fairy Mortimer
  • "The Treaty of South Island" – the story of the formation of New Zealand – guest starring Harry Willis as a Maori chief Te Rauparaha, James Condon (William Wentworthh), Ron Haddrick (Governor Gipps)
  • "A Plague on Both Your Houses" – a romance between an emancipist's daughter and the son of an aristocratic gentleman – with Geoffrey King, Julianna Allan, Alexander Archdale, John Gregg
  • "Ship of Fame" – with Denis Doonan (Captain Westcote), Moya O'Sullivan (Pompy), Donald Philps (Captain Duff)
  • "This Piece of Earth"[12]
  • "The Man from Myall Creek" – last episode

See also


  1. ^ a b "TV LORDS LOCK OUT ACTORS". Tribune (1284). New South Wales, Australia. 12 December 1962. p. 11. Retrieved 8 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ ""JONAH" MAY BE A WINNER". The Australian Women's Weekly. 30 (20). 17 October 1962. p. 15. Retrieved 8 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "NFSA - Error".
  4. ^;adv=;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=0;parentid=;query=jonah%20Media%3A%22TELEVISION%22;querytype=;rec=5;resCount=10
  5. ^ "ATN's Series From History". Sydney Morning Herald. 26 March 1962. p. 12.
  6. ^ "Stars Of ATN Historical Series Named". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 July 1962. p. 10.
  7. ^ "Jonah Begins On ATN Tonight". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 October 1962. p. 12.
  8. ^ "From convict girl to colonial lady". The Australian Women's Weekly. 30 (2). 31 October 1962. p. 17. Retrieved 8 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ ""JONAH" MAY BE A WINNER". The Australian Women's Weekly. 30 (20). 17 October 1962. p. 15. Retrieved 16 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "From convict girl to colonial lady". The Australian Women's Weekly. 30 (2). 31 October 1962. p. 17. Retrieved 16 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "When Our Miners Turned on the Thrifty Chinese". The Age. 22 November 1962. p. 16.
  12. ^ "Jonah Episode". The Age. 17 January 1963. p. 10.

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