Secrets of St Marys, The
Secrets of St Marys is a scientific detective story that follows a team of student archaeologists as they set out to discover what life was like for the first settlers of South Australia.
There was no knowing what secrets lay buried in the unmarked graves of St Mary's Church in Adelaide, but as the first coffin was opened the broken human bones told archaeologists they were unearthing an untold story of our pioneer past.
Remarkably little is known about the personal lives of these pioneers. Founded as a free colony in 1836, South Australia held out the promise of a Utopian society - a world free from poverty, vice and religious persecution. But as the remains of men, women and their children were uncovered a very different story emerged.
Assisted by a team of forensic anthropologists, the project leader, Tim Anson, pieces together the lives of the people they find in the grave site. Through their stories, the horror of life in early Adelaide becomes vividly clear.
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