The Life of a Jackeroo

The Life of a Jackeroo is a 1912 Australian silent film directed by Franklyn Barrett.[1] It is considered a lost film.

The Life of a Jackeroo
Directed byFranklyn Barrett
Written byJ. H. Wainwright
StarringTien Hogue
Tom Middleton
CinematographyFranklyn Barrett
Release date
28 July 1913
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles


A young Englishman (Tom Middleton) leaves his actress girlfriend (Ruth Wainwright) to seek an experience in Australia.[2] He works as a jackeroo on a property and falls in love with the daughter (Tien Hogue) of a wealthy squatter. They are happy until the actress arrives and joins forces with an evil overseer. They persuade some local aborigines to raid the squatter's home and capture the Englishman. The squatter's daughter rides to the rescue and a loyal aboriginal helps saves the day.


  • Tom Middleton as the Englishman
  • Tien Hogue as the squatter's daughter
  • Ruth Wainwright as the actress


The film was made immediately after A Blue Gum Romance using the same locations, much of the same cast and some of the same incidents.[3]

Screenings were often accompanied by a lecturer.[4]


The film was popular at the local box office and screened in England and the USA.[5]


  1. Franklyn Barrett papers at National Film and Sound Archive
  2. "Advertising". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 8 September 1913. p. 2. Retrieved 21 April 2012 via National Library of Australia.
  3. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 39
  4. "MONARCH PICTURES". The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate. NSW. 20 January 1914. p. 2. Retrieved 21 April 2012 via National Library of Australia.
  5. Graham Shirley & Brian Adams, Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years, Angus and Robertson, 1989 p 59

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