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Directed by: Phillip Walsh
Produced by: Dominion Films


The Birth of White Australia' presented a rambling panorama of early white discovery and settlement of Australia. Various dramatic episodes in the nation’s history were presented, including stories of the overland explorers, the pioneers, Aboriginal peoples, race riots on the goldfields and even actuality footage of the opening of the first Federal parliament in Canberra in 1927. The clash between the Australian and Chinese miners at Lambing Flat (Young) in 1861 is a central part of the film’s action. Local amateur actors wearing stockings over their heads took the part of the Chinese. (Pike & Cooper. Australian Film 1900-1970. Oxford UP, 1981. 191).

Year: 1928
Country of origin: Australia