TONY ROBINSON - DOWN UNDER

Program Details
Air Time: 
12/20/2013 - 9:00pm - 9:44pm
Program Title: 
WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA
Program Service: 
EX
PSIP Description: 
Tony traces immigration from the early 1800s to the 1970s and explores the country's diversity.
Long Description: 
Tony does an entrance examination to see if he'd qualify as an acceptable migrant to Australia. Trouble is, the 1930s dictation test is given in Gaelic! From its earliest days, Australia needed free migrants to grow and prosper, and it needed women. Schemes were devised to achieve both objectives, with bounties offered for bringing boatloads of human cargo from the UK and Ireland. But the people merchants got greedy, and the human toll was terrible. Through it all, Australia started to take shape as a nation. Tony traces immigration and multi-culturalism from the early 1800s, through the White Australia Policy, to the first arrival of Vietnamese boat people in the 1970s. He decides that the best way of exploring a country's diversity is to talk to taxi drivers - dozens of them.