The Australian Wars

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The Australian Wars

Colonists spread across the continent, assisted by the proliferation of rifles and horses. Everywhere, they were met with resistance from First Nations people.

Series 1
Film-maker Rachel Perkins examines what happened when the increasing number of arriving European colonists encroached upon the prime hunting grounds of Tasmanian Indigenous people.
Sydney was the first frontier war battleground. No treaty between European occupying forces and the First Nations people meant conflict, and the first recorded massacre followed.