TLF ID M018594
How did Arthur Phillip, first governor of the colony of NSW - a man committed to peaceful and harmonious relations with Aboriginal Australians - come to authorise the first officially sanctioned killing of Aboriginal people? This clip re-enacts the fatal spearing in September 1790 of Gov. Phillip's gamekeeper John McIntyre, and reflects the governor's role in the disturbing events that followed. Note: the use of the term 'Indians' in the clip reflects a colonial name for Indigenous people that was commonly used to refer to the Aboriginal peoples of the Port Jackson and Botany Bay regions in the late 18th century. This is the first in a series of three clips from 1972.