Presented by historian Michael Cathcart, Australia on Trial is a thought-provoking three-part series recreating the historic trials that throw light on the Australia of colonial times. These high-profile and controversial court cases raised major issues of national identity at a time when Australia was evolving from the dominion of the British Empire into a more autonomous federated nation in the late 19th century. But they also raised universal themes and concerns that still resonate in modern-day Australia.
Massacre at Myall Creek
In Episode Three, Massacre at Myall Creek we see the trials in 3838 of seven European settlers involved in the killing of about 30 unarmed Aborigines in northern NSW. The massacre was sadly indicative of the white peoples aggressive attitudes towards Indigenous people in the region and raised major questions about the settlers relationship with Aborigines in general.
Brett Climo as John Plunkett in Australia On Trail