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Massacre Hill (1949)

Eureka Stockade (original title)
Approved | | Drama, History | 26 January 1949 (UK)
In 1854, Australian gold rush miners struggle for their rights against an oppressive government.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chips Rafferty ...
Jane Barrett ...
Jack Lambert ...
Peter Illing ...
Ralph Truman ...
Sydney Loder ...
John Fernside ...
Sly Grog Seller
Grant Taylor ...
Kevin Brennan ...
John Fegan ...
Al Thomas ...
Ron Whelan ...
Mrs. Bentley (as Perk Allison)


In 1854, Australian gold rush miners struggle for their rights against an oppressive government.

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Sweeping drama of Australia's Gold Rush See more »


Drama | History


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Release Date:

26 January 1949 (UK)  »

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Massacre Hill  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Eureka flag was collected by police trooper John King, after the fight at the stockade and was kept in the Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery, before being moved in 2012 to the new Museum of Australian Democracy (MADE) at the Eureka Stockade site. See more »


The flag flying over the diggers at Bakery Hill is not the same design as the actual Eureka flag. See more »


Commissioner Rede: Mr Lalor, should there be violence, I can assure you it'll be met with violence.
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Referenced in Bring me the Head of Rafaello Carboni! (2013) See more »


La Marseillaise
Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Arranged by Ernest Irving
Played by brass band
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Watt...best director of the 1940s?
20 March 2002 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

Director Watt, after the brilliant The Overlanders in 1946, may have even outdone that here, with a spectacular account of the infamous Eureka Stockade, and, more importantly, the events leading up to it. Rafferty is fantastic in the lead role as reluctant hero Lalor in the film which, considering the rather hefty restrictions placed on films in those days, is as close to a no-holds-barred examination of the events. Like The Overlanders, it's as entertaining as it is educational, and highly recommended for all Australians. 8/10.

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