First Australians

The landmark television series First Australians explores the history of Australia from an Indigenous perspective.

In seven one-hour episodes, it explores what happens when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world’s greatest empire. The series begins in 1788 in Sydney with the arrival of the First Fleet, and ends in 1993 with Eddie Koiki Mabo’s legal challenge to the white settlement of Australia.

Produced by Rachel Perkins and Darren Dale of Blackfella Films, First Australians tells the Australian story from a contemporary Indigenous point of view. It brings to light some of the violent aspects of European settlement of Australia as well as acts of friendship and decency between the early European settlers and Indigenous Australians.

WARNING: this collection contains names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous Australians
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