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LACHLAN MACQUARIE: The Father of Australia

Year: 2010

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G

Runtime: 62 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Les Wilson

Produced By: Stuart Scowcroft, Seona Robertson

Language: English

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Many Australians regard Highland Scot, Lachlan Macquarie, as the father of their nation. Macquarie arrived in New South Wales 200 years ago to govern 10,000 criminals and settlers. His vision profoundly shaped the future nation – not least by nurturing Australia's egalitarian spirit and national belief in the right to 'a fair go'. He was even the first person to use, in an official document, the colony's future name – Australia.

Behind every great man is a great woman – and this film is her story too. The film reveals Elizabeth Campbell Macquarie's contribution to the emerging Australian nation. What forces drove Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie? How did a barefoot Scottish boy brought up in an earthen floor hovel rise so high? Why did he set off with reforming zeal to transform the colony – putting himself on a collision course with his elitist enemies in Sydney, his bosses in the Colonial Office and the British Government? Why did his life end in poverty and disgrace while the nation he nurtured grew and prospered?

Using expert interviews, diaries and letters written by the characters themselves and dramatic reconstructions, this film tells the inspiring story of the Father (and Mother) of Australia.

EXTRAS include interviews with:

Prof Grace Karskens (14'52)
HE Prof Marie Bashir (13'45)
Robin Walsh (21'24)
Prof John Maynard (4'18)

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