The Extraordinary Tale Of William Buckley


Thoroughly researched and expertly realised The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley tells the remarkable true story of the escaped convict who spent 32 years living with an Aboriginal tribe in south-eastern Australia before it was exposed to white colonisation.

On a stifling hot Christmas night in 1803, William Buckley, a young English convict, escaped from the doomed first settlement of Port Phillip Bay in South Eastern Australia, choosing to risk the unknown of the hostile Australian wilderness rather than surrender his freedom.

A man of mixed background - from humble Cheshire bricklayer, to soldier fighting in the army against Napoleon, to convict forced to travel to the other side of the world, Buckley's famous account of joining the Wathaurong people, an Aboriginal tribe with whom he lived alongside for 32 years, is one of the greatest Australian survival stories ever told.

An engaging recreation of history, featuring Jean-Marc Russ as Buckley, Chris Haywood as John Morgan and professionally presented by historian Michael Cathcart, The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley is a gripping look at one of the remarkable stories that shaped the nation.



Michael Cathcart - Himself
Jean-Marc Russ - William Buckley
Chris Haywood - John Morgan
Sifora Durrurrnga - Buckley Family Woman
Angus Pilakui - Buckley Family Brother
Jamie Gulpilil - Buckley Family Cousin
Alana O'Ryan - Buckley Family Girl
Francis Daingangan - Wathaurong Woman #1
Sylvia Gurralpa - Wathaurong Woman #2
Mark Malabirr - Wathaurong Man #1
Graham Gunurilee - Wathaurong Man #2
Billy Black - Elder Man
Margie Hayes - Elder Woman
Sandra Wunungmurra - Clubbed Woman
Bobby Bunungurr - Corroboree Dancer
Release dates
11 April 2010 (Australia)
Video/DVD release date
3 October 2012
G - general

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Korff, J 2018, The Extraordinary Tale Of William Buckley, <>, retrieved 16 October 2019

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