TLF ID M008346
This clip is an excerpt from the 2009 documentary 'Rites of passage', the second of a two-part series entitled 'Rogue nation'. The clip begins with historian Michael Cathcart providing contextual information about England in the early 1800s. He says that in the midst of the industrial revolution, millions of people were suffering from exploitation, poverty and ignorance, and reformers were campaigning for change. At the same time in Australia the children of transported convicts were 'growing up taller, stronger and more sober than their convict mums and dads'. In a dramatisation, British Commissioner John Thomas Bigge investigates the colony of NSW and writes that the children of the convicts 'do not seem to know their place'. He is more impressed by the 'exclusives', a class of successful free settlers and officers.