Australian Journey is a free web-based video series exploring the nation's history, and is the result of a collaboration between Monash University's Faculty of Arts and the National Museum of Australia.
The series is suitable for high school and tertiary students and explores issues including the Australian environment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, democracy and citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, reconciliation and the Anzac legend.
Episode 1: Travelling Country
Indigenous and European perceptions of landscape, focusing on Burke and Wills’ tragic journey of exploration.
Episode 2: A Land of the Weird and Monstrous
The extinction of the thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, and the ethics of cloning.
Episode 3: A Wide Brown Land
Episode 4: Our Island Home
Episode 5: Multicultural Mosaic
Episode 6: Captivity Narratives
Episode 7: The Stolen Generations
Episode 8: The Australian Way of Life
The Holden car and suburban life in postwar Australia, Cold War politics and America’s cultural influence.
Episode 9: Encounters
Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resistance, survival and reconciliation from the Encounters exhibition.
Episode 10: Creating a Nation
Episode 11: Australia’s First Terrorist?
The social origins of bushranging and the legend of Ned Kelly and his gang.
Episode 12: The Anzac Legend
The enduring significance of Anzac, its impact on Australian identity and a forgotten war at the heart of our history.
About the project
Australian Journey was three years in the making, filmed across the length and breadth of the continent and involved more than 50 major cultural institutions. The series was funded by Monash University (with assistance from the National Museum of Australia).
The views expressed in this series are those of the authors and interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the view of their host institutions or the National Museum of Australia. The authors, presenters and interviewees assert moral rights over their work.