Living history: the colony



Publication Details

Lowrie, C. K. (2012). Living history: the colony. In J. Bennett and R. Beirne (Eds.), Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand (pp. 285-290). London: I.B. Tauris.

Additional Publication Information

ISBN: 9780857720863


The reality television series, The Colony, was a co-production between SBS television, RTE Ireland and the History Channel (UK) that premiered in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom in 2005. This 'living history' series, as the producer Chris Hilton called it, brought together four modern-day families to live on a nineteenth-century style colonial settlement on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales. Over a period of four months, the families, one from Ireland, one from England, a white Austrlaian family from Tasmania, and an Aboriginal clan from the north-east coast of Australia - lived in nineteenth-century conditions, facing, as the narrator put it, 'hardship, history and each other'. A group of men and women who served as a convict labour force also joined the families.

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