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Against the Wind 

Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Mary Larkin ...  Mary Garrett / ... 13 episodes, 1978
Kerry McGuire Kerry McGuire ...  Polly McNamara 12 episodes, 1978
Jon English ...  Jonathan Garrett 11 episodes, 1978
Warwick Sims Warwick Sims ...  Ensign Maurice Greville / ... 11 episodes, 1978
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ...  Will Price 11 episodes, 1978
Frederick Parslow Frederick Parslow ...  Captain Charles Wiltshire 7 episodes, 1978
Gerard Kennedy Gerard Kennedy ...  Dinny O'Byrne 7 episodes, 1978
Hu Pryce Hu Pryce ...  Jonas Pike 6 episodes, 1978
Lynn Rainbow Lynn Rainbow ...  Mrs. Louisa Wiltshire 6 episodes, 1978


Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to Australia, and years of anxiety as a convict. Mary, her friends and her family fight out their battle against a lively historical backdrop - Irelands 1798 Rebellion. Australia's Castle Hill Rebellion of 1804 and the 1808 Rum Rebellion. Written by Avatareon

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Release Date:

12 September 1978 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Contra el viento See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia

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(13 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The external shots of Sydney Town and other colonial homes were filmed at the Old Sydney Town tourist attraction at Somersby NSW. Old Sydney Town closed in 2003 after 28 years of operation and was favourably visited by many schools when studying Australia's pioneer and convict settlement times. See more »


Convict Polly McNamara has her hair cut off by the soldiers whilst still aboard the ship that brings the convicts to NSW. However, 7 years later, and Polly's hair is still very short. This was not the style at the time, and it should have grown well past her shoulders over this period. See more »


Referenced in Quest Of The HMS Buffalo (1986) See more »

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One of the most compelling Mini series I've seen
8 September 2001 | by mcelspethSee all my reviews

I first saw Against the Wind when I was 10 and for the last 20 years it has remained my favorite mini series to date. In fact the few times that it has aired since then I have invited several people over to watch it and they too have become as hooked as I. The story is both fascinating and compelling to watch. The acting is fantastic as well as true to the characters. I truly felt as if I was an onlooker in the Garrets life. It also gave me a historical look at life in Australia when it was still basically a penal colony.

The writing and the music also meld well together. Creating a smooth flowing and completely compelling piece of Television art. I can only say that I highly recommend this to anyone.

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