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SUNDAY FEATURE: THE OVERLANDERS

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1946 | G | 91mins | Australia

With Australia’s north under threat of Japanese invasion in 1942, the government orders the withdrawal of all people and resources – a ‘scorched earth policy’. Delivering his mob of 1,000 prime beef cattle to the meatworks at Wyndham in Western Australia, drover Dan McAlpine (Chips Rafferty) is told to shoot them. He refuses and hatches a plan. He will drive the cattle to safety further south – a 2,600 km journey to Queensland at the wrong time of year across land that few believe can be crossed.

IMAGE: The overlanders (video still), 1946

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