Mean Times Australia

A six-part series tracing the early years of Australia, based on the first-hand account of Lieutenant Watkin Tench, a young officer in the marines.

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0117881997102119971026

When the first British fleet set sail for Australia, it seemed as extraordinary as man's first voyage to the moon two hundred years later. Over a thousand people in 11 ships headed for the other side of the world, not to be heard from again for years.

A six-part series tracing the early years of Australia. 1: 1788. When the first British fleet set sail for Australia, it seemed as extraordinary as man's first voyage to the moon 200 years later. Over 1,000 People in 11 ships headed forthe other side of the world, not to be heard from again for several years. Based on the first-hand account written by Lieutenant Watkin Tench , a young officer in the marines. Read by Anton Lesser. Producer John Dryden Repeated Sunday 5pm

Six-part series of tales from Australia. 1: 1788. The first British fleet sets sail. Repeated from Tuesday

02Bushrangers1997102819971102

Descendants of Australia's highwaymen reminisce about the wild days when criminals stole from the rich to give to the poor. But Edger Penzig attempts to prove that, far from being romantic heroes, these men were self-serving thugs, hated and feared by everyone.

A six-part series presenting true stories from Australia's past and present, based on the first-hand accounts of various adventurers. 2: Bushrangers. The descendants of Australia's highwaymen reminisce about the wild days when criminals stole from the rich to give to the poor. But Edgar Penzig sets out to prove that, far from being romantic heroes, these men were self-serving thugs, hated and feared by everyone. Producers Ann-Marie Evans and John Dryden Repeated Sunday 5pm

A six-part series presenting true stories from Australia's past. 2: Bushrangers Repeated from Tuesday

03The Prospectors1997110419971109

A six-part series presenting true stories from Australia's past and present, based on the first-hand accounts of various adventurers. 3: `The Prospectors'. A look at the people whose lives have been dominated and, in some cases, destroyed, by gold. Today the quest for gold is aided by sophisticated metal detectors which scour the deserts of Western Australia finding the pieces missed by the old-timers.

A six-part series presenting true stories from Australia's past and present, based on the first-hand accounts of various adventurers. 3: The Prospectors. A look at the people whose lives have been dominated, and in some cases destroyed, by gold. Producer John Dryden Repeated Sunday 5pm

A six-part series of true stories from Australia. 3: The Prospectors Repeated from Tuesday

04Death In The Outback1997111119971116

Burke and Wills's attempt to cross the continent in the 1860s should have been a triumph. Yet they starved to death at Cooper Creek, a water hole with plenty of food available. What went wrong?

A six-part series presenting true stories from Australia's past and Present, based on the first-hand accounts of various adventurers. 4: Death in the Outback. Burke and Wills's attempt to cross the continent in the 1860s should have been a triumph. Yet they starved to death at Cooper Creek, a water hole with plenty of food available. What went wrong? Producers Nicci Button and John Dryden Repeated Sunday 5pm

A six-part series of true stories from

Australia's past. 4:Death in the Outback Repeated from Tuesday

05Dying For Gold1997111819971123

A six-part series presenting true stories from Australia's past and present. 5: `Dying for Gold'. Harold Lasseter's body was found in the Australian desert in the 1930s. Buried nearby were letters in which he claims to have found a reef of gold. His son, now in his 70s, has spent a lifetime looking for the gold and feels that he is close to proving that his father was telling the truth.

A six-part series presenting true stories from Australia's past and present. 5: Dying for Gold. Harold Lasseter 's body was found in the Australian desert in the 1930s. Buried nearby were letters in which he claims to have found a reef of gold. His son, now in his 70s, has spent a lifetime looking for the gold and feels that he is close to proving that his father was telling the truth. Producers Ann-Marie Evans and John Dryden Repeated Sunday 5pm

A six-part series presenting true stories from Australia's past. 5:Dying for GoldRepeated from Tuesday

06Front Line Missionary1997112519971130

The last of six programmes presenting true stories from Australia's past and present.

`Front Line Missionary'.

The story of the Forrest River massacre.

In June 1926 fourteen people rode onto the Marndoc Aboriginal reserve in search of the murderers of a white stockman.

Some weeks later, almost 100 Aborigines were dead, their bodies dismembered and burnt in an attempt to conceal the evidence.

In June 1926, 14 people rode on to the Marndoc Aboriginal reserve in search of the murderers of a white stockman.

The last of six programmes presenting true stories from Australia's past and present. Front Line Missionary. The story of the Forrest River massacre. In June 1926, 14 people rode onto the Marndoc Aboriginal reserve in search of the murderers of a white stockman. Some weeks later, almost 100 Aborigines were dead. their bodies dismembered and burnt in an attempt to conceal the evidence. Producers Ann-Marie Evans and John Dryden Repeated Sunday at 5pm

Asix-part series presenting true stories from Australia's past and present. 6: Frontline MissionaryRepeated from Tuesday