First Australians

Tuesday 6 September 2011, 8.30pm on Maori Television

The story of the birth of contemporary Australia as told from the perspective of its first people. Tonight: The story of Gladys, who was one of more than 50,000 half-caste children plucked from her family.

Tuesday 13 September 2011, 8.30pm on Maori Television

The birth of contemporary Australia as told from the perspective of its first people. Tonight: William Cooper forms the Australian Aborigines League in 1933 to continue his life-long campaign for equality.

Tuesday 20 September 2011, 8.30pm on Maori Television

The birth of contemporary Australia as told from the perspective of its first people. Tonight: Eddie Koiki Mabo fights for the recognition that his people own Murray Island, where they have lived for generations.

Tuesday 9 August 2011, 8.30pm on Maori Television

First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians chronicles the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.

Tuesday 16 August 2011, 8.30pm on Maori Television

First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians chronicles the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.

Tuesday 23 August 2011, 8.30pm on Maori Television

First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians chronicles the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.

Tuesday 30 August 2011, 8.30pm on Maori Television

First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians chronicles the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.

Tuesday May 18 at 8.30 PM on Maori Television

Series finale! Tonight: Eddie Koiki Mabo fights for Australian law to recognise that his people own Murray Island. In 1992, six months after his death and a decade after the statement of claim was first lodged, the highest court in the land decides in Mabo’s favour. The outcome overturns the notion that the land belonged to no-one at the time of white settlement.

Tuesday May 11 at 8.30 PM on Maori TV

Tonight: The First Australians are governed by ‘protective legislation’ which binds them to reserves and controls their wages, residency, ability to marry and travel. Yorta Yorta man William Cooper forms the Australian Aborigines League in 1933 to continue his life-long campaign for equality. His nephew also becomes a political animal: Doug Nichols, a Church of Christ pastor who becomes a champion for those affected by the Maralinga nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s.

Tuesday May 4 at 8.30 PM on Maori TV

Tonight: The stories of the Stolen Generation are examined. Gladys Gilligan is one of more than 50,000 half-caste children plucked from her family and sent to a mission. The Chief Protector of Aborigines, A.O. Neville, institutionalises her first son, orders Gladys’ arrest and she is denied permission to marry three times – but she remains resolutely independent.