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The Australian Wars Episode 2 (SBS Wednesday 28 September 2022)



In the second instalment of The Australian Wars, Tasmania’s lack of a public memorial to frontier warfare seems out of place for an island that is so defined by its colonial past.

The richly detailed war records that the colonial government left in the Tasmanian archives stand in stark contrast to this public amnesia.

In an effort to subjugate the Tasmanian First Nations people, this government implemented complex military plans with the support of martial law throughout the island.

Before agreeing to the terms of an armistice, whose terms were never upheld, the First Nations people fought almost to the death.

The Australian Wars is a Blackfella Films production for SBS. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with SBS. Financed with support from Shark Island Foundation and Screen NSW.

Airdate: Wednesday 28 September 2022 at 7.30pm on SBS.

Season 1 Episode 2