First Australians

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1 - They Have Come To Stay

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They Have Come to Stay - This landmark series chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. It explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world's greatest empire, and depicts the true stories of individuals - both blac...

Season 1, Episode 2 - Her Will To Survive

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It is a myth that the first Australians were eradicated in Tasmania. It should be their resilience, in spite of the overwhelming impact of white settlement, which is embodied in myth. When the land-grab moves south to Tasmania, in an effort to protect the real estate prices, it is decided to remove the Tasmanian Aboriginal...

Season 1, Episode 3 - Freedom For Our Lifetime

3.0 11 x
Freedom For Our Lifetime - The threat of extinction hovers over the first Australians of Victoria at the time Wurundjeri clan leader Simon Wonga seeks land from the authorities. He soon gives up and leads his people to the banks of the Yarra River, claiming a parcel of land, Coranderrk. With the help of a Scottish preacher...

Season 1, Episode 4 - There is No Other Law

3.0 5 x
There is No Other Law - Throughout the history of white settlement, individual white men, good and bad, have significantly affected the first Australians. Supported by pastoralists keen to make their fortune, the homicidal police officer Constable Willshire, brings mayhem to the Arrernte nation in Central Australia. With t...

Season 1, Episode 5 - An Unhealthy Government Experiment

3.0 7 x
An Unhealthy Government Experiment - Jandamurra is born on a cattle station in the Kimberley in the 1870s. His hybrid life takes a bloody turn when he trades in his status as a police tracker for his own people. Gladys Gilligan is one of more than 50,000 half-caste children plucked from her family and sent to a mission. Th...

Season 1, Episode 6 - A Fair Deal For A Dark Race

3.0 10 x
A mass political movement helped win constitutional rights in 1967, but it was built on successive, strategic campaigns conducted by the first Australians from the 1930s. Yorta Yorta man William Cooper forms the Australian Aborigines League in 1933 to continue his life-long campaign for equality. His nephew, Pastor Sir Dou...

Season 1, Episode 7 - We Are No Longer Shadows

4.0 6 x
Losing control of the land had the most devastating impact on the first Australians. The struggle for land rights continues to this day and one of its heroes is Eddie Koiki Mabo. Mabo fought for Australian law to recognise that his people own Murray Island, where they have lived for generations. In 1992, six months after h...

Season 1, Episode 7 (We Are No Longer Shadows)

3.0 129 x
The first Australians lost control of the land when the British Empire arrived. In every corner of the nation, this devastated every aspect of their spiritual and physical lives.

Season 1, Episode 6 (A Fair Deal For A Dark Race)

3.0 161 x
Twenty thousand Aboriginal people are confined to NSW reserves, where they are unable to practice their culture and are fearful of management and for their kids.

Season 1, Episode 5 (An Unhealthy Government Experiment)

3.0 98 x
It is the 1880s in the Kimberley. Conflict is inevitable because cattle barons are focused on profits and, for centuries, the first Australians have lived off what the land has offered.