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Made just after World War Two, Mike and Stefani follows a family of displaced persons from their refugee camp in a devastated Germany to their new home in Australia. It features moving re-enactments of their travails in Europe, chronicling the wartime separation of the young Ukrainian couple, the difficulties of…
Rogue Nation
Historian Michael Cathcart tells the epic story of how the colourful characters of early colonial Australia transformed a penal settlement into a land with rights and opportunity in a mere 40 years. This sweeping two-part dramatised documentary covers formative events in Australia's history, including the Rum Rebellion and early court…
The Australian Experience: Land of the Long Weekend
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Australia--first in the world to institute a 40-hour working week, first to say there was such a thing as a fair and reasonable wage. Conditions like these helped to win Australia its reputation as a "workers' paradise"; the mythical "land of the long weekend". Now in the face of deregulation…
The Australian Experience: Populate or Perish
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Europeans declared Australia terra nullius - an empty land. This lie enabled them to take possession of land occupied for thousands of years by Aboriginal people, yet the number of whites in Australia remained small until after the Second World War. In the post-war years, government sponsored immigration schemes brought…
The Australian Experience: Sheep's Back
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For a golden century, the wool industry gave Australia one of the highest living standards in the world. Wool and the people who grew it were entwined with the national identity. Sheep adorned postage stamps and coins. Every child learnt about John Macarthur and the merino and knew that Australia…
No Milk No Honey
For many Britons the end of the First World War brought a sigh of relief and a period of optimism. However, this optimism quickly faded as thousands of ex-servicemen and unskilled civilians swelled the queues of Britain's Labour Exchanges to form part of a growing underclass of unemployed. When films…
Silent Storm
In 2001 scientists in a Melbourne laboratory made a startling discovery. They found thousands of jars of ashed human bone, which had been stored for up to 40 years. All contained evidence of one of the most dangerous poisons on earth - Strontium 90, a by-product of nuclear testing that…
Winners' Guide to the Nobel Prize
What does it take to win a Nobel Prize? Guts? Brilliance? Eccentricity? This film travels behind the scenes of the world's most prestigious prize and into the minds of two of the people who have reached this pinnacle of excellence. In the most isolated capital city in the world, Perth,…
Sugar Slaves
Australia's slave trade is an untold story. Few people know that the Australian sugar industry was founded on the sweat of men and women enticed or kidnapped from the islands of the South Pacific. Sugar Slaves is the story of that human traffic, euphemistically known as "blackbirding". Between 1863 and…
Australia's Heritage: National Treasures - With Chris Taylor
Take a voyage of discovery with Chris Taylor as he reveals the secrets behind a fascinating mix of treasures from Australia's National Heritage List. In the third season of five-minute mini-documentaries in the National Treasures series, Chris travels around Australia delivering historical snapshots of places from the National Heritage List.…
Life in Australia Series
Made by the Department of Immigration in the mid 1960s to entice immigrants from Great Britain, this series visits state capitals and regional centres around the nation to promote an idyllic picture of life in Australia. Part travelogue, it tours points of interest around the towns, but the emphasis is…
Cairns
This film shows an idyllic picture of life in the Queensland town of Cairns in the mid 1960s.