PUBLISHED28 Mar 2019

King’s Seal

INDIGENOUS

This film exposes the conspiracy, treason, theft and murder perpetrated to deny South Australia's Aboriginal people the first ever Aboriginal land rights granted in Australia's colonial history.

Synopsis

King’s Seal exposes the conspiracy, treason, theft and murder perpetrated to deny South Australia’s Aboriginal people the first ever Aboriginal land rights granted in Australia’s colonial history.

The King of the British Empire recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia’s founding document, the Letters Patent, in February 1836. For these South Australian Aboriginal people, rights to occupy and enjoy their land for always were enshrined in law by the King’s seal.

But what actually occurred in South Australia after colonisation in 1836 were acts of treason against the Aboriginal people, from hidden history to lack of fishing rights to desecration of Aboriginal burial grounds to British nuclear testing.

Five and a half years in the making, this acclaimed film uncovers breaches of the King’s Letters Patent, and documents the Aboriginal struggle for recognition of rights to land granted by the King in the Letters Patent.

Directors Kim Mavromatis and Quenten Agius
Producers Kim Mavromatis and Quenten Agius
2014
Duration 53-minutes
Rating G

 

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Education Overview

The King’s Seal study guide includes:

• A series of discussion questions, research projects, and individual and group activities for mid to senior secondary students

• A ‘further resources’ section with links to websites, books, films that can used to further inform students on the topic of Indigenous land rights in Australia

Educational Resources

Year Level Years 9-12
Subjects English, Australian History, Aboriginal Studies, Film & Media Studies, Civics & Citizenship, Economics & Business, Languages, Legal Studies
Topics Indigenous rights, Land rights, Law, Politics, Colonisation, Cultural relations

King’s Seal study guide