For the Honour of Australia (1916)


For the Honour of Australia is a 1916 film composed of footage from two 1915 Australian silent films, For Australia and How We Beat the Emden, plus the documentary How We Fought the Emden.


Jack Lane joins the Royal Australian Navy and trains on Tingira. His brother Stanley discovers a German spy ring amongst the social set in Sydney. They capture him and take him to a secret island outpost. Germans are about to destroy an Allied radio station but it manages to alert HMAS Sydney beforehand and the ship attacks German sailors. A half-caste islander, Kana (Alma Rock Phillips), leads HMAS Sydney to the spies’ island. A landing party attacks and kills the spies but Kana is killed.


  • Boyd Irwin as Stanley Lane.
  • Gwen Burroughs as Mrs De Winter.
  • Alma Rock Phillips as Kana.
  • Charles Villiers as Carl Hoffman.
  • Percy Walshe.


For Australia and How We Fought the Emden were films made by rival companies but were put together for release in Britain.

It is unsure what company did this but the films were made with the approval of both the Australian and British governments.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Monte Luke and Alfred Rolfe.
  • Producer(s):
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
  • Cinematography: Maurice Bertel.
  • Editor(s):
  • Production: J.C Williamson Ltd and Australasian Films.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 1916 (UK).
  • Running Time: ? minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English (Silent Film).

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