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Message Stick – Babinda Boulders 2005

The story of the Devils Pool, recounted by Yidinji elder Annie Wonga, is an ancient love story. Young men fall victim to a waterhole where the spirit of a woman dwells.

Message Stick – Bill’s Wake 2001

Bill Neidjie, a traditional owner of Kakadu, had a wake while he was alive, rather than waiting until his death, to hear what people wanted to say about him.

Message Stick – Black Olive 2005

As a chef, Mark Olive has developed dishes that use Indigenous knowledge of fauna and flora and food preparation that complements the Australian landscape.

Message Stick – Blacktracker 1996

A tribute to Aboriginal tracker Alexander Riley, a sergeant in the NSW Police Force and a recipient of the King’s Medal in 1943.

Message Stick – Child Artists of Carrolup 2003

This episode provides another perspective on the child removal policies and how the government of the day had specific designs on how half-caste children would occupy a place in society.

Message Stick – Koori Court 2005

The Koori Court in Victoria was set up to reduce high imprisonment rates by combining Aboriginal beliefs with the white legal system.

Message Stick – Kurtal: Snake Spirit 2002

A beautiful story about Kurtal, an ancestor and Dreaming song, and the Elder Spider, whose responsibility it is to perform the dance as well as pass it on.

Message Stick – Macumba: Outside Looking In 2003

Macumba tells the story of Australia’s first Aboriginal radio station, the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA).

Message Stick – Scotty Martin, Rodeo Boy, Don’t Say Sorry 2005

A story about songman Scotty Martin, who inherited the role of composer of songs, a repository of knowledge passed from generation to generation.

Message Stick – Tent Boxers 2001

A tribute to the Aboriginal men who travelled around Australia in the 1950s and ‘60s with tent-boxing troupes.

Message Stick – The Convincing Ground 2007

The Kilcarer clan rally against a commercial development on a heritage-listed massacre site in Victoria known as the Convincing Ground.

Message Stick – The Long-grassers 2005

An exposé on the homeless Aboriginal people of Darwin, known as 'long-grassers’. Deals with both the compassion and the bigotry they evoke by their mere presence.

Message Stick – Wathaurong Glass 2003

Wathaurong Glass is an initiative that not only creates a new way of expressing Aboriginal art, but also provides a service to the community from which it comes.

Message Stick – Wayne’s World 2005

Indigenous actor and filmmaker Wayne Blair offers insights into his craft and recounts experiences from his career.

Mister Prime Minister – Alfred Deakin 1966

A biography of Alfred Deakin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1903 to 1904, 1905 to 1908 and from 1909 to 1910.

Mister Prime Minister – Joseph Aloysius Lyons c1966

A profile of Joe Lyons, Prime Minister of Australia from 1932 to 1939.

Monday Conference – PNG 1971

In one of the earliest Monday Conference programs, Robert Moore moderates an interview with the impressive New Guinea politician John Guise.

Monday Conference – Rhodesia or Zimbabwe 1973

Out of the studio and into the community, Robert Moore interviews Senator Glen Sheil, just returned from Rhodesia, and Bishop Donal Lamont.

The Money or the Gun – Heroin 1989

Denton defends comedy as a means of being serious as he tackles the topic of heroin.

More Winners – Boy Soldiers 1990

1910 legislation required boys between 14 and 17 to register for compulsory military training . Will Barnes, a brave 14-year-old conscientious objector, refused.

More Winners – His Master’s Ghost 1990

The setting of Montsalvat – a gothic mansion and former artists’ colony– is perfect for this mystery-comedy about a group of kids on a music camp in a spooky old mansion.

More Winners – Mr Edmund 1990

A roller-coaster ride of raised hopes, dashed dreams and happy endings: a charming modern fairytale from the More Winners series.

More Winners – The Big Wish 1990

The faeries in the Enchanted Realm are in trouble. Today is the last day to grant seven wishes to humans or they will lose their magic power – forever!

More Winners – The Journey 1990

On an isolated Tasmanian mountain, 12-year-old Ada lives with her wealthy father Justus. Housekeeper Martha is plotting to secure the family fortune for herself.

Mortified – Taylor’s DNA 2006

The series creator says her inspiration came from realising that, from age 11 onwards, kids begin to find things their parents do very embarrassing.

Mother and Son – The Clock 1991

Writer Geoffrey Atherden offers a deft spin on the eccentric character of Maggie Beare, who assumes that something that’s misplaced must be stolen.

Mother and Son – The Funeral 1984

This sitcom shows the fraught relationship between 40-year-old Arthur and his mother Maggie, who is at turns forgetful, quick-witted and manipulative.

Mother and Son – The Money 1984

The problems of ageing would seem like an unlikely subject for television comedy but Mother and Son became an instant success when it was first shown in 1984, continuing for nine years to become one of Australia’s best-loved television shows.

Mother and Son – The Ride 1993

Maggie’s favourite son Robert proposes to take her for a drive. This generous offer is so out of character that Arthur is immediately astonished and suspicious.

The Movie Show – Episode 12 2004

Margaret and David disagree about a new Irish-British co-production called Evelyn, directed by Australian Bruce Beresford, and make a tribute to John Dingwall.

The Movie Show – Episode 13 2004

Eric Bana is back in Australia and appearing on The Movie Show to promote his latest film, Troy.

The Movie Show – Episode 4 2004

This is from the last series of The Movie Show produced by SBS. Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton surprised the industry by moving to the ABC in mid-2004.

Mr Squiggle and Friends – Cheer Up 1990

A 1990s episode of iconic children’s series Mr Squiggle and Friends created and performed by Norman Hetherington, written by Margaret Hetherington and co-presented by their daughter Rebecca Hetherington.

Mr Squiggle and Friends – Episode 148 c1960

Mr Squiggle is one of the most recognised children’s television characters. Although no longer on air, he continues to appear at exhibitions and science fiction conventions.

Mum’s the Word – Episode 16 2003

A group of women, including Federal MP Jackie Kelly and a young single mother, talk about how they feel pressured by their children to buy, buy, buy.

Mum’s the Word – Episode 9 2003

The women selected for this discussion are chosen for their entertaining stories about parenting rather than representing the range of parenting issues in the community.

Murder Call – Black Friday 1997

Murder Call’s take on the crime genre combines a slick look and feel with offbeat story-lines that hark back to the clue-puzzle tradition of fictional sleuths.

My Brother Jack 2001

This acclaimed mini-series is based on the classic Australian novel, a record of the changing social mores of the restless time between the First and Second World Wars.

My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours? – End of the Line 1967

McGooley, starring Gordon Chater and set in Balmain in the ’60s, was Australia’s first homegrown sitcom success.

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The Naked Vicar Show – Series 2 Episode 2 1978

The Naked Vicar Show is a sketch comedy series that lampoons suburban Australian society.

Nature of Australia – A Separate Creation 1989

This first episode of the most expensive wildlife program ever made in Australia boasts magnificent photography and a great script.

Nature of Australia – Land of Flood and Fire 1988

The animals and plants must cope with the stresses of life in a place that swings savagely between the wet season and the dust and heat of the dry season.

Nature of Australia – The Sunburnt Country 1989

At the time this series was made, the program makers felt they were showing Australian flora and fauna to many Australians for the first time.

The New Adventures of Ocean Girl – Hearing The Call 1999

The highlights of episode three are the comic scenes with the hammy evil Elgar and the slapstick comedy between the villainous Space Wizard’s sidekicks Elgar and Moza.

New Faces 1982

A 1980s episode from the classic talent show hosted by Bert Newton.

The New Inventors – Series 1 Episode 8 2004

The host works hard to keep the show moving along, with gags and one-liners that provide a contrast to the seriousness of the backyard boffins explaining their life’s work.

The New Inventors – Series 2 Episode 8 2005

This short and snappy program works because it never loses sight of its most precious talent, the inventors and their amazing creations.

Noah and Saskia – Tomorrow Never Knows 2004

The final scene of this first episode dangles compelling narrative hooks and offers interesting and quirky characters and an abundance of humour.

Number 96 – Episode 35 1972

One of the only surviving early black-and-white episodes of Number 96 is a rollicking ride through an apartment building and its class values and sex-obsessed situations.

Number 96 – Episode 910 1975

The 1975 finale of Number 96 has multiple cliffhangers and is the last episode ever aired in a half-hour format.

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