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Title Message Stick: Pemulwuy - A War Of Two Laws - Ep 2 Of 2
Published Australia : ABC1, 2010
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Summary *Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and voices of people who have died*Pemulwuy: A War of Two Laws is a two-part documentary series that explores the life of Pemulwuy, an Aboriginal warrior who led a 12-year guerrilla war of payback against the soldiers and settlers of the British colony at Sydney Cove who stole land, food resources, and abducted and killed Bidgigal women. Through re-enactment this documentary brings to life a character, who until now, has never been acknowledged let alone celebrated in Australian colonial history. With Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal expert voices this story reconciles the contention between the oral and written history of the early European settlement.Pemulwuy was decapitated after he was finally killed in 1802, and his head was preserved in spirits and sent to England. On his recent visit to Australia, Prince William was lobbied by members of the Aboriginal community of Redfern for the repatriation of Pemulwuy's remains. The Prince's office has since responded to one of Redfern's community leaders, Mick Mundine, in a letter in which His Royal Highness vowed to do all that he could to investigate the circumstances surrounding the missing head. The letter also noted that the Prince was profoundly impressed by the determination of the Aboriginal elders he met that day in Redfern, in their quest to right the wrongs done to this famous warrior in death, and to afford his mortal remains a proper burial.The story raises the notion of bringing the legendary status Pemulwuy already holds amongst Aboriginal people to a wider Australian audience and to acknowledge him in the same way as other classic figures of Australian history, such as Ned Kelly.PRODUCTION DETAILS:Ian Callen as Pemulwuy. Producer: Grant Leigh Saunders. Archival Drawings, paintings and lithographs provided by the National Library of Australia; British Museum; State Library of NSW; Mitchell Library; Museo Naval Madrid; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and Royal Geographic Society
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-05-16 at 13:30:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Aboriginal Australians.
Colonial influence.
Dharug (Australian people)
History -- Influence.
Pemulwuy, approximately 1756-1802.
New South Wales.
Form Streaming video
Author Corowa, Miriam, host
Green, Richard, contributor
Kohen, Jim, contributor
Munro, Lorna, contributor
Phillips, Shane, contributor
Tobin, Leanne, contributor
Willmot, Eric, contributor