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At the end of the First World War, many British ex-servicemen joined the queues of the unemployed. When films and glossy brochures appeared promising 'a new life, a new start on your own dairy farm in the paradise of Western Australia', unsuspecting British families travelled to the other side of the world under a hastily conceived immigration program known as the Group Settlement Scheme. But instead of the promised 'paradise', Group Settlers were greeted by an unforgiving, alien landscape and a harsh, regimented lifestyle. Those who stayed were determined to survive, despite the hardships. They gradually cleared the bush and turned it into pasture, developing the south-west into the 'land of milk and honey' it is today.

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Franco di Chiera
Franco di Chiera
Andrew Ogilvie
Executive Producers
Sharon Connolly


Bill Bunbury - Betty Welburn - Elizabeth Edwards - Russell Holmes

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History and national identity
Production Company
Electric Pictures Pty Ltd  Film Australia Limited

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Film & Television Institute Inc