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Destination Australia: The Migrant Experience Since 1788 - Gaol to Gentry (1788-1840s) (Lifetime Access)

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Overcrowded gaols in Britain required a solution and New South Wales was decided upon. The first fleet of convicts and soldiers struggled for survival. A penal colony where no-one wants to go is transformed by the wool industry into a mecca for British free settlers. The pastoral industry encroaches on Indigenous society with disastrous consequences. A new aristocracy emerges but the economic slump of the 1840s slows migration. Migrants become scapegoats for troubled times.

(1985, 11 mins) A co-production of Film Australia and the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs.

© National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

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