The Mark of the Lash

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The Mark of the Lash
Directed by John Gavin
Produced by Stanley Crick
Herbert Finlay
Written by Agnes Gavin
Starring John Gavin
Release date
July 1911
Running time
4,000 feet[1]
Country Australia
Language Silent

The Mark of the Lash is a 1911 Australian silent film. It is a convict-era melodrama made by the husband and wife team of John and Agnes Gavin.[2]


The movie broke into the following chapters:

  1. Love's Young Dream.
  2. An Insult. The Traitor.
  3. The Secret Marriage. Arrest of Dennis Blake.
  4. Transported for Life.
  5. Botany Bay Settlement.
  6. On the Triangle. The Recognition.
  7. The Mark of the Lash.
  8. The Confession. Kind-Hearted Warder.
  9. A Sensational Escape.
  10. A Cold Bath. The Police Baffled.
  11. Black Sal's Strategy.
  12. Rescue of the Governor's Daughter.
  13. Acquitted.
  14. A Good Friend. The Dismissal of Captain Morley.[3]



It was the only movie Gavin made for the Australian Photo-Play Company, and was the last of four he had made in association with Stanley Crick and Herbert Finlay before setting up his own company in July 1911.[4][5]

The movie was announced as being completed and available for screening by July 1911, but does not appear to have been released until the following year.[6]


During a screening in Toowoomba an Irish member of the audience took exception to a scene where a convict was being flogged and attacked the screen before being guided back to his seat.[7]


  1. ^ "Advertising". The Sunday Times. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 26 August 1917. p. 21. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  2. ^ Everyones, Everyones Ltd, 1920, retrieved 30 May 2018
  3. ^ "Advertising". Townsville Daily Bulletin. Qld.: National Library of Australia. 5 April 1912. p. 1. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  4. ^ Graham Shirley and Brian Adams, Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years, Currency Press 1989 p 40
  5. ^ "Advertising". The Referee. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 19 July 1911. p. 16. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  6. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 22.
  7. ^ "MURPHY'S MATE". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 27 July 1912. p. 7. Retrieved 22 February 2012.

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