Our History - Volume 1
This series for primary students looks at aspects of Australian life today and in the past. Where possible, programs explore changes in attitudes of Australians over time and the reasons for these changes. Programs use documentary and archival footage and stills, light-hearted animated interpretations of events and extracts from primary sources.
Living in Country
This program looks at how indigenous Australians lived before Europeans settled the land including some of the different tasks for male and female members of the clans, women and girls gathering plants, making flour to make cakes, gathering shellfish and cooking, men and boys hunting, making tools and even making a bark canoe.
This program looks at the methods indigenous Australians used to catch fish with spears, fish traps, hooks and nets.
The program looks at some of the detail of life in the Eora nation. People of the Eora nation lived in the areas where white settlement in Australia began. We see how there were many different Aboriginal nations in Australia. Each Aboriginal country knew where its borders were and there were strict rules about entering another country.
This program looks at the challenges that Governor Phillip faced trying to feed the new settlers. The diet of the first white settlers was not very healthy. They tried a few local foods, but most people wanted their familiar foods. When their crops failed, the new colonists were soon put on rations. Many people became ill. The future of the colony looked quite bleak.
Housing the new settlers was another of Governor Phillips' challenges. This program looks at the different styles of housing that were constructed and the impact the land clearing had on the people of the Eora nation.
Governor Phillip had over 1000 people to feed and house. As he cleared land to plant crops and build homes, he displaced the original owners of the land and the plants and animals that were their source of food and shelter leaving the local Aboriginal people without enough to eat. Tensions between the two groups were growing.
As convicts attack Aboriginal people and steal their tools and weapons, tensions grow. Governor Phillip captures some Aboriginal men to convince them that his way of life is better. However, as the settlement expands Aboriginal people continue to lose their land and important places. An Aboriginal man named Pemulwuy organises resistance against the settlers. He is eventually captured and his head cut off and sent to England.
His son Timbery took over as leader to continue the battle for their land and that battle continues to this day – over 200 years later.
At Federation, Aboriginal Australians weren't considered to be real citizens. It was a time when many people thought dark skinned people weren't as good as white people so they weren't included in the census and they weren't invited to be part of the official federation ceremony. This program looks at Aboriginal displacement from their land, their often forced relocation to reservations and the separation of children from their families. In 1962 indigenous Australians received the right to vote and in 1967, they were officially recognised as Australian citizens when they were included in the census. This program explores this movement for change. Today many Australians, indigenous and non-indigenous are working to repair the damage caused by laws that discriminated against Aboriginal people.
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