Australia on Trial

Australia on Trial

Through the prism of three of the most sensational trials of the 19th Century, Australia on Trial examines pivotal social battles that changed the fabric of Australian society.
3 Episodes
Australia on Trial - The Eureka 13

The Eureka 13

The 1855 trial of The Eureka 13 is recreated - the diggers' treason trial would fuel public demand for democracy and lead to major changes in the Victorian constitution.
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Australia on Trial - Massacre At Myall Creek

Massacre At Myall Creek

In Massacre at Myall Creek, we see the trials in 1838 of seven European settlers involved in the killing of about 30 unarmed Aborigines in northern NSW, raising major questions about the settlers' relationships with Aborigines in general.
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Australia on Trial - The Mount Rennie Outrage

The Mount Rennie Outrage

Witness the 1886 trial of 11 Sydney 'larrikins' charged with a gang rape of a 16 year old orphan, Mary Jane Hicks - a horrific crime at a pivotal point in NSW history.
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