In 1949, Banjo Morton and a small handful of Aboriginal stockmen walked off from the vast Lake Nash cattle station, demanding pay in wages instead of rations. While the walk-off was only short lived, their success was etched into history. It’s a part of history that has remained relatively unknown beyond the stories told by Banjo and the others but it was recorded forever in the 1949 Lake Nash Police Journal by Police Constable Jack Mahony. This interactive web documentary looks at the 1949 walk off and what it meant for Banjo and the other stockmen and explores Aboriginal workers rights at that time in history.
Sixty years later, Banjo leads another walk-off. This time from the prescribed community of Ampilatwatja where Banjo says he and his community are being forced to live herded up like "cattle on a cattle station". These two significant events offer an insight into Indigenous Australian history.
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
An exploration of the first walk off by Aboriginal stockmen in the Northern Territory and what this meant for them.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
To reach schools and educational institutions around Australia and beyond.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
The interactive documentary will initially be launched in Ampilatwatja. Following this, we hope to have a launch at the Araluen Centre in Alice Springs and later, we will launch a campaign to promote the site to schools and universities across Australia.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
To understand about this part of Australian history which is little known.
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?