Immigration - The Waves That Shaped Australia


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1986, 18 Minutes

Looks at the history of government immigration policy in Australia and the effects this policy has had on the development of Australia’s nationhood.

As a short treatment of the history of migration to Australia up until the late 20th century, this program pays tribute to convicts and free settlers alike while acknowledging prior claims of Aboriginal people to the land.

Successive waves of migrants, principally European in origin, came when times were good. When times were bad, these migrants were the first to feel the effects of resentment and open prejudice. Refugees and post World War II migrants were often given the unpleasant jobs that no one else wanted, but it was through their efforts that projects such as the Nullarbor Railway and the Snowy succeeded. 

A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Producer: Geoff Barnes

Director: Paul Woolston-Smith

Cinematographers: John Hosking ACS, Mick von Bornemann ACS

Year: 1986

Running Time: 18 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Australian History, Intercultural Studies,  SOSE. Major themes and concepts include national identity, immigration, racism, economic growth and urban development.


Destination Australia – The Migrant Experience Since 1788

Migrant Experience, The

Snowy, The – A Dream of Growing Up


SKU 198431700
Brand Film Australia

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