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Australia: Cook to Mabo to…

Is our conversation, our reconciliation.

 
 

This is our story, our voices, our history, some lore. 60,000 plus years of sunrises, sunsets, journeys. “Dreaming”. In 1770 when Cook first entered Botany Bay with Banks, and the lie of Terra Nullius began, there was up to 1.7 million Aboriginals in their Country.

For some, “the Brits won” when Phillip landed in 1788 and the old Empire slogan that “everything on the map that’s pink” was the fallback position right up to the early 1970s. But this is a much different country. Or is it?

Why do Knights and Dames still walk this land? The Bunyip Aristocracy is alive and flourishing. Australia Day celebrates a British event not Australian. The Australian Flag still has the British flag in the corner, how does that square with reconciliation. This is a Country with too many “Captain’s Picks” and not enough consultation. Australia needs a Charter of Rights, the Parliaments have too long lived with the old British tradition of being sovereign, it is long past time for the people, all the people of this country to become sovereign.

About the series…

Australia: Cook to Mabo to…    

Six one-hour television episodes, a two-hour movie, fifteen, 20minute school segments with teacher guides, one and 3 minute Aussie moments – an E Book and many more options.

Multi-Platform, Multi format, Multi Length 

A mix of mostly stories with some animation, green screen/modelling, stock footage, and some dramatic re-enactment as we re-create our past, as we glimpse the future.  

Production will occur over the next 18 months to 2 years. On some shoots, we will promote and live stream on facebook, once or twice a month, and encourage and answer live questions. This live streaming will be expanded and promoted during and following production.

 
  •  This is our stories, our voices, our history, some lore, some myths. 60,000 plus years of sunrises, sunsets, journeys. “Dreaming”. In 1770 when Cook first entered Botany Bay with Banks, and the lie of Terra Nullius began, there was anywhere from 300,000 to 1.7 million Aboriginal peoples in over 400 distinct groups, peoples, distinguished by unique names designating their ancestral languages, dialects, music, technology.

    The beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in England, the American War of Independence, the East India Co. the loss of the American Colonies, and the English need for Masts, Flax and Hemp prompted the arrival in 1788, of Phillip and the First Fleet. This began over 100 years and more of Aboriginal war, disease, convict and others slavery. The Rum Corps, Banks, Bligh, John MacArthur.

    In 1807 slavery is banned in the British Empire! In Australia, it continued.

    1808-1822 Lachlan Macquarie a Scot arrives, change takes hold.

  • In May 1813 Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson and First People guides following existing tracks changed the colony from a confined, insulated tract of land to a rich and extensive British settlement. Squatters and sheep invaded the country. And the Black War and genocide begins. 1817 the first bank, Bank of N.S.W. opens. 1818, the first Chinese immigrants.

    1836 Darwin visits, notes the disappearance of aborigines and game. The new land, is sold to pay for free immigration from Britain right up to the 1960s.

    In 1838 Waterloo Creek, a mounted troop killed at least 9 Aborigines, followed a couple of days later by Myall Creek, 28 Aboriginal adults and children were de-capitated and burnt. The two trials in Sydney prosecuted by Plunkett caused outrage. Squatter Meyrick “no wild beast of the forest was ever hunted down with such perseverance” he concluded “aboriginal people will shortly be extinct”.

  • 1850-80s Gold, 500,000 people leave Britain and Ireland for NSW and Victoria.

    1856, J. A. Holden opens his saddlery business.

    In 1868 the last convicts are transported.

    The Bunyip Aristocracy, Eureka Stockade, rights, justice, the secret ballot and bushrangers.

    Lawson, A Song of the Republic “Choose between the land that belongs to the Lord and Queen and the Land that belongs to you” Australian’s better Brits. Republic, the constant strand thru Australian history. “I can take care of myself, let us make a bargain mother. Let us part as friends” Parkes.

    1860 Kanakas, (blackbirding, slavery) Afghans, camels.

  • 1880 Chinese fear, prompts Federation and the White Australia policy. (No Charter or Bill of Rights attached to the Constitution. Australia still has no legislated rights for its citizens.) 1905, Queensland, women get the vote.

    In 1914, the population of Australia is small, approximately 5 million. Per capita, nearly the most prosperous people in the world, “on the sheep, the convicts and aboriginals back” 1906-1908, 60,000 Kanakas deported back to some (any) Island in the Pacific.

    25th April 1915, ANZACs landed in what has been described as one of the most terrible chapters in our history. There was worse to come. By the end of 1914, over 50,000 volunteers have been accepted. Aboriginal’s served, despite not being recognized. On March 1916, the AIF are transferred to the Western Front, although they were not the first Aussies! Since 1914, an Australian Volunteer Hospital with female nurses had been operating in France. Murdoch, Rupert’s father, tries to get Monash, the great Australian General fired, Monash was a Jew! Hughes, Conscription, the Catholic Church.

    *Johnny Turk he was waiting. He’d primed himself well. He shower’d us with bullets. And he rained us with shell. And in five minutes’ flat, he’d blown us all to hell. Nearly blew us right back to Australia

    *And the Band played Waltzing Matilda. Eric Bogle.

    Lawson ” men were coming back broken and destroyed” social division, between those who had served and those who had not. Men were returning, some with shattered nerves, no jobs, no place to live. Mateship myth begins.

    May 1927, Billy (Jimmy Clements) Wiradjuri elder, claims sovereign rights to the federal territory at opening of Old Parliament House. 1938 Pig Iron Bob.

  • 1942 bombing of Darwin, 250 people killed, submarines in Sydney Harbour. 1 million Americans pass through Australia, lots of them Black (10%) “over sexed over paid and over here”. Aboriginals admired “blacks with money in their hands, who looked you straight in the eye and stood up straight” 6,000 Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islanders served. “Chips down” law changed to allow them to serve “there was a job to be done – all of a sudden, the colour line disappeared” Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

    1949 Menzies elected “We believe” British to his bootstraps. Empire and aristocracy re-enforced. Snowy River Scheme begins “All persons of Aboriginal or part Aboriginal blood should live like White Australians” Removal of children. 1947- 1953, 170,000 people arrive in Australia from Europe. White Australia policy still in place.

    1952 Great Britain commences A bomb tests, Monte Bello Islands, Maralinga, Prime Minister Menzies “Captains Pick”. Most Australians unaware.

    1960s Poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Assimilation, No! “Pour your pitcher of wine into the wide river. And where is your wine? There is only the river” May 1967 Aboriginal citizenship.

  • 1972 Whitlam elected, Vietnam, plug pulled. White Australia Policy finally ended.

    “Then the troopers started to bring in all the tribes, from all along the rivers. The people who refused to go, they shot ’em down. They trucked them in, in neck chains. In 1981, “I found them again”. Essie Coffee, Dodge City resident, Brewarrina (Angledoon).

    Keating speech Redfern, “recognition that it was us who did the dispossessing… we committed the murders, we took the children from their mothers, degrading all of us, a national legacy of injustice and shame.”

    Mabo…

    For some, “the Brits won” when Phillip landed in 1788 and “everything on the map that’s pink” or the old Empire, worked right up to the early 1970s. But this is a much different country. Or is it?

    Australia stopped being a British colony in the 1940s, but the ties to Britain and the idea of Empire are strong. The first Australians, who they are, and what they contribute, largely ignored.

    Why do Knights and Dames still walk this land? The Bunyip Aristocracy is alive and flourishing. Australia Day celebrates a British event not Australian. The Australian Flag still has the British flag in the corner how does that square with reconciliation. This is a Country with too many “Captain’s Picks” and not enough consultation. Australia needs a Charter of Rights, the Parliaments have too long lived with the old British tradition of being sovereign, it is long past time for the people, all the people of this country to become sovereign.

Contribute to Australia: Cook to Mabo to…

We are seeking donations to help with the production of Australia: Cook to Mabo to…
Australia: Cook to Mabo to… is Australia’s story. Our communities story. It’s a conversation, an understanding, a learning, a story not told. So much of our history since the Change has been massaged and managed. Australian history has been mostly told and written by the white settlers. There are many gaps and untruths in our history. Sometimes looking back is not pretty, but this story must be told, and perhaps it forms a part of our country’s reconciliation.
We need your financial support to help with this production. Our award-winning production team ensures Australia: Cook to Mabo to… is spectacular, informative and gripping. Our research has identified over one hundred Australians who will form this national conversation.
We need your support financially and by becoming involved with suggestions and story ideas. We will encourage schools and communities across the country to participate, this is a community project.
The right Australian corporate partner/sponsor is also welcome. Corporate involvement in our project will add to audience awareness, community involvement and sponsor recognition. Your donation, can start from as low as $15, maximum contribution $500. All your donations with be matched by the production company
Contributing to Australia: Cook to Mabo to… will help us reach into many Australian communities to tell Australia’s story. Australian’s knowledge of our history is scant. A lack of knowledge perpetuates a lack of understanding. Australia: Cook to Mabo to… is a gift, a celebration

Contribute by clicking DONATE NOW below, or beginning June 30 2017; Crowdfunding, https://igg.me/at/cooktomabo

Thanks, John Thomson, Gary Hoy