A film about Darwin, exploring the events that led to the establishment of Australia’s main northern city. Images from the past and present reveal the early struggles to establish a permanent settlement. Culminating in the untold story of the epic voyage of the Forlorn Hope.
After seventy five years of European settlement in Australia, the newcomers remained wholly in the south and east. Along the northern 60% of our coastline, between Perth and Brisbane, no European settlement existed. Three early outposts in the north, attempts to establish trading posts and deter the imperialist ambitions of other European powers, had all been eventually abandon.
The isolation, the tropical heat and insects, the difficulty in growing food, had eventually worn them down. So they left.
Then in 1864, after South Australia had been given administrative authority over what is now the Northern Territory, three ships set out from Port Adelaide, determined to establish a permanent settlement in the north, led by the first Administrator of the NT - Colonel B.T.Finniss. How this fourth attempt played out, the decisions made and their consequences, form the basis of this 60min docudrama.
Essential viewing for anyone interested in the history of Northern Australia.