Burke and Wills
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Australia, 1860. Irishman Robert O'Hara Burke (Jack Thompson) is a figure of fiery determination. Romantically linked to opera singer Julia Matthews (Greta Scacchi), he is driven to explore the largely uncharted inland. With the support of several important businessmen and politicians, Burke is appointed by the Royal Society of Victoria to lead an ambitious expedition to cross Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Eager to beat a rival expedition, Burke is joined by British scientist William John Wills (Nigel Havers) and sets off with a party of 19 able men, a supply of specially imported camels and enough equipment to conquer the great continent, a distance of around 3,250 kilometres.