Examination of how the first Australians were governed by "protective legislation" that bound them to reserves, controlled their wages and limited their opportunities to marry and travel. Also: a look at William Cooper, who founded the Australian Aborigines League in 1933.
In Western Australia, the final frontier to be conquered, one man stands in the way, a native policeman named Jandamurra who trades in his status for his own culture. Half-caste children are removed from their families and sent to missions, and as they grow older, many are denied the right to marry.
Wurundjeri clan leader Simon Wonga is rebuffed by authorities when he seeks land, so he leads his people to the banks of the Yarra River and claims a parcel there, and with help from a Scottish preacher, adopts the farming practices of the settlers. But peace is not long enjoyed.
In 1788 Sydney, indigenous Australians encounter the British and form friendships despite their cultural differences, but attitudes quickly change and soon both sides are battling for land and survival.