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Continuity 

When Sarah and Nullah first meet in the house, Nullah's shell necklace disappears and reappears between shots.
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Anachronisms 

In a scene marked 1939, an Australian newspaper advertises The Wizard of Oz. It was released in Australia in April 1940.
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In the first "tent" scene between Drover, Sarah, and the Aboriginal stockmen, Drover speaks to Sarah while cleaning his teeth. His toothbrush has dark bristles in the center, white bristles around the outside, and a pointed end. In 1939, toothbrushes were rectangular, with white bristles.
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When Lady Sarah Ashley is on the telephone switchboard in Darwin, she wears a headset invented in the 1960s. Before that, the microphone was on a separate breastplate hung around the neck.
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When discussing Nullah's future, Sarah mentions "a wonderful School of the Air." School of the Air is a correspondence course that uses shortwave radio (and, now, the internet) to teach children in the Outback. The Alice Springs School of the Air covers over a million square kilometers. School of the Air started in 1951.
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After the title, when the animated globe switches from Australia to Europe, Germany has modern borders. In 1939 the Third Reich included what is now western Poland, East Prussia/Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad) next to Lithuania, Austria, and Sudetenland.
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Late in the film, the barman has crates of Victoria Bitter. It wasn't available outside the Australian state of Victoria until the 1970s.
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'Aquarela do Brasil' is heard at the charity ball in 1939. Aracy Cortes first recorded the song in 1939, but it was unknown outside Brazil until 1943, when Carmen Miranda sang it in The Gang's All Here.
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After the title, when the animated globe switches from Australia to Europe, Serbia and Montenegro are shown as separate states.
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Lady Sarah Ashley's mount, her last horse before she leaves England, has a freeze brand on its shoulder. Freeze branding was invented in the 1960s and used to ID valuable horses in the 1980s.
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The Zeros did not carry bombs, they carried Auxiliary or drop tanks for long range missions, in the Movie they showed the Zeros dropping the tanks as bombs.
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Character error 

When the Japanese airstrike starts, a priest makes a transmission from Mission Island, and ends it with "over and out". The correct way to end it is "out." "Over" means you're turning the conversation over to the person you're talking to.
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When the Japanese patrol arrives at the beach, they do not see a 30-foot sailboat close enough to shore that little children could walk or easily swim out to it.
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The Union Flag is flown upside down in one scene.
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During the Charity Ball, the bandleader calls for a foxtrot. The band plays "Begin the Beguine," which is not a foxtrot.
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Continuity 

While the group rests overnight during their trip to Darwin, Fletcher's guys pour out the gasoline and light it up. When the fire starts, it's pitch black and the stars are visible. When the stampede starts, it's mid-day.
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When Sarah asks Flynn to tell her all about Faraway Downs and Fletcher, Flynn pulls out a full bottle of rum. When he opens it in the close-up shot, it's a different bottle, partly full. In the next scene, he holds the open full bottle.
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Drover begins lassoing a horse in a circular corral, holding the lasso in the rope with his right hand. It's in his left hand in the next shot, then back to his right hand.
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Lady Ashley tells Drover to either stay at Faraway Downs or never return. Drover slams the white gate shut behind him as he storms out. In the next scene, the gate is wide open again.
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When Drover arrives at the mission ball, he is freshly shaved. When he discussed the Wet with Lady Sarah, he has stubble.
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After Sarah Ashley fires Neil Fletcher, she talks to Kipling Flynn. He takes a new, round bottle of rum. When he opens it, it's narrow and empty.
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After Drover cuts the rope to block Carney's people from loading their cattle, the door goes down right in front of a cow. In the next shot, no cattle are in the passage.
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When the rain starts, Drover's coat is over his shoulder, and brown mud spots are all over his shirt sleeve and jacket. In the next shot the spots are gone and his shirt is clean.
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When Sarah first meets Nullah, she talks to him with her left hand near her chest. Her hand moves to her side in one shot, then back to her chest.
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During the ball, Sarah suddenly appears in a close-up with her make-up redone. Her lipstick is the most obvious change.
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When the cattle stampede wakes everyone up, Drover puts a black hat on Lady Sarah's head. In a wide shot, the hat is light beige.
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When Fletcher comes over to speak to Sarah, just after Nullah has been taken to Mission Island, Sarah is holding her hat in one hand. She hastily switches it to her other hand, but in the next cut, it's back in the hand it started in.
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When King Carney hands the pen to Captain Dutton to sign the sales contract, its black cap is up. When the camera angle changes, it's down in his hand.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Nullah arrives at Faraway Downs and prepares to dismount his horse, someone off-camera is holding the horse by a visible third rein.
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As Nullah gallops back to Faraway Downs after mounting the horse at the waterhole, a dust trail is visible in front of his horse. Evidently, someone is galloping ahead of him to make sure that his mount will follow.
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When Drover storms away from Faraway Downs after his argument with Sarah, the tracks from the camera truck in front of his horse are clearly visible in the sand.
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Errors in geography 

When Copper Callahan first arrives at Fareaway Downs, he introduces himself as "Northern Territory Police". On the map in King Carney's office, which is shown during Lady Ashley's arrival, Faraway Downs is entirely located in Western Australia.
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The night sky in the Outback includes the Big Dipper, which is not visible in the southern hemisphere, especially from Australia. The Southern Cross should have been shown.
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When Fletcher gets into the pickup truck to leave Faraway Downs, he gets into the left front seat and drives away with the steering wheel on the left side. Australian traffic drives on the left side of the road, and Australian vehicles usually have the steering wheel and driving controls on the right.
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Factual errors 

The Japanese did not land troops on any island near Darwin.
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In the film, Administrator Allsop is the Monarch's representative in the Northern Territory. In real life, the Administrator was Aubrey Abbott, who served from 1937 to 1946.
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Japanese planes drop torpedoes on land-based targets. No pilot would use a torpedo for a land-based target.
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When the refugee boat enters the harbor after the attack, it passes the bombed-out remains of the ship Barossa, lying on her side and burning. In real life, the Barossa, while heavily damaged, was towed to safety and later salvaged.
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One shot, edited in from Tora! Tora! Tora!, shows the USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland. No battleships, American or otherwise, were in Darwin during the attack. Smaller warships were there, including American destroyers.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the attack scenes, some planes' wheels are retracted while bombing or shooting, others are extended. Aichi D3A "Val" bombers had fixed landing gear. Mitsubishi "Zeke" (or "Zero") fighters had retractable landing gear.
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Revealing mistakes 

Several newspaper stories, particularly the one about the Never-Never, have a number of repeated paragraphs.
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Early in the film, Drover's truck runs beside some bounding kangaroos. The kangaroos' leg action does not match their speed; the swing backwards stops too soon.
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When Drover shows up at the ball freshly shaved, he has no tan line where his beard once was. He spends all of his time out in the intense sun, so the bottom half of his face should be paler.
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Nullah's pinto pony, which has distinctive markings, changes to another pinto throughout scenes and from scene to scene, probably to accommodate a stunt rider.
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Near the beginning of the movie, the Aboriginal boy rides a black horse, then jumps off the animal. As he jumps off, the lead rein is hooked to a bridle held by an off-camera horse trainer, keep the horse from moving.
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Copper Callahan and his men arrive at Faraway Downs looking for Nullah, and don't find him. However, when they drove up to the ranch, Nullah and Daisy were climbing the water tower ladder, facing the truck. As they leave, two policemen sit in the bed of the truck as it pulls away. People on the station run toward the water tower in obvious distress. Drover climbs the ladder to retrieve Nullah and Daisy, in full view of the police in the truck bed no more than 50 yards away, yet the truck makes no response.
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After the cattle stampede, the cattle run backward.
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A clip from the beginning of The Wizard of Oz is shown in plain black-and-white, as is often seen on television. In its original theatrical run, those sequences would've been in sepia-toned black-and-white.
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When Drover jumps the corral fence with his horse and knocks the top rail off, the string that was barely holding it in place flies off the end of the rail.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

After several references to the tradition that one can't say the name of the dead, Nullah says "Flynn" after Flynn's death.
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Maitland is murdered in a "billabong," a small lake of stagnant water, usually cut off from the river. The scene and subsequent map show a pool attached to the river.
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Continuity 

At the end, when King George waits for Nullah to come on walkabout, the position of his spear changes from straight up to 45 degrees from his body, and back, several times.
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When Drover rescues the children, he holds the youngest one as they enter the water. In the next shot, he's holding a rifle. In the next one, he holds onto the raft with the others, without a gun. The gun disappears and reappears throughout the scene.
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Near the end of the film, Sarah and Nullah gather wood. Nullah has wood in his arms, but just before he turns around to face Sarah, the wood is gone.
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During the ball scene Sarah wears a gown with a strapless satin red slip. When she and Drover make love, her slip is pink satin with straps.
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Errors in geography 

In one of the last scenes, Drover and Lady Ashley cross the Pentecost River on their way back to Faraway Downs from Darwin. They actually cross in the wrong direction, towards the Cockburn Range.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Lady Ashley, Drover, and the children are reunited on the wharf, the military ambulance behind them was at other battle scenes at different locations in the same time setting. The hood ID number gives it away.
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