In the final episode of this landmark series, losing control of the land has the most devastating impact on the first Australians. The struggle for land rights continues to this day and one of its heroes is Eddie Koiki Mabo.
Six years in the making, First Australians is the most ambitious television project to be undertaken on Indigenous Australia. Produced by Australia's leading Aboriginal filmmakers, the series chronicles the birth of a country and the collision of two worlds. It is an epic story that comes alive through the struggles of individuals, both black and white. Beautifully filmed, the series blends landscape, art, interviews and first-hand accounts with a vast archival collection to present the birth of contemporary Australia as never seen before, from the perspective of its first people - the first Australians.
It is a myth that the first Australians were eradicated in Tasmania. Instead, it should be their resilience, in spite of the overwhelming impact of white settlement, that is embodied in myth. When the land-grab moves south to Tasmania, it is decided that, in an effort to protect real estate prices, Tasmanian Aboriginal people should be moved from the island. The Government enlists an Englishmen for the job, who is helped by a young Aboriginal woman, Truganini.
Throughout the history of white settlement, individual white men, good and bad, have significantly affected the first Australians. Supported by pastoralists keen to make their fortune, the homicidal police officer Constable Willshire, brings mayhem to the Arrernte nation in Central Australia.
Many first Australians are being born into hybrid lives, strictly controlled by white society. It is hard for them to find their feet in the new world or the old, but their spirits endure. Jandamurra is born on a cattle station in the Kimberley in the 1870s. His hybrid life takes a bloody turn when he trades in his status as a police tracker for his own people.
A mass political movement helped win constitutional rights in 1967, but it was built on successive, strategic campaigns conducted by the first Australians from the 1930s. Yorta Yorta man William Cooper forms the Australian Aborigines League in 1933 to continue his life-long campaign for equality. His nephew also becomes a political animal; Doug Nichols is a Church of Christ pastor who becomes a champion for those affected by the Maralinga nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s.