The Father of Australia

24th January 2011, 08:25
On BBC2 on Wednsday 26 January 2100-2200

Dramatised-documentary charting the story of Lachlan Macquarie who became governor of the British penal colony that would eventually become Australia.

24th January 2011, 17:45
Binnacle, Hi. Can`t find that in my TV listings?
Cheers, John.

27th January 2011, 08:17
Binnacle, Hi. Can`t find that in my TV listings?
Cheers, John.

Try this BBC iPlayer link John, BBC 2 Scotland

Watched it last night, well worth watching, ***** stars.


Don Matheson
27th January 2011, 15:45
Watched this excellent programme and I think Australia is correct in saying he could have been the nations father!
I liked his idea that when a convicted man was finished his penal time he was then the same class as everyone else. I can also see why people who travelled to Australia as settlers were not keen on this as they seemed to want to "Lord it" over the others.
Amazed that London sent guys out as spys to watch what he was doing and report back, stabbing him in the back really, as it was London who sent him there in the first place. Indeed they claimed his lighthouse was frippery after all it would only stop ships being wrecked.
Would be interested in what our Australian members think.