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AUSTRALIAN ON TRIAL is a thought-provoking series that provides snapshots of colonial Australia through the prism of three pivotal and controversial criminal trials. At stake were not just the lives of the defendants, but the very identity of Australia. Combining courtroom drama with stylised flashbacks, the series provides a unique take on how Australia’s national identity evolved – and how the moral, social and political questions raised by these three trials still resonate in the present day. The three trials featured are The Eureka 13 Trial (1855), The Mount Rennie Rape Trial (1886) and The Myall Creek Massacre Trial (1838).

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History and national identity
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December Films Pty Ltd  Essential Media and Entertainment

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