My Mother’s Country – Conisiton’ s Destruction (2001)

My Mother’s Country is a two part documentary that gives a personal account of the Coniston Massacre of 1928.

Faylene Lauder has lived in Ali Curung all her life. Like others, she knows the terrible story associated with the Conisiton Massacre and the events that occurred at Hansen Creek, her mother’s country. Not so long ago, an aggressive party of white fellas massacred a number of people, disrupting forever the traditional peaceful life. Faylene’s family tell the story as they remember it and its impact on their life today. People such as Faylene Nakamarra Nampijinpa Lauder, Nancy Nungarayi Lauder, Valerie Nakamarra Nelson, Johnny Japurrula Nelson, Maureen Nampijinpa O’Keefe, Mona Haywood and Joe Jangala Bird tell of their story as it was told to them.

Documentary, Historical
24 minutes 35 seconds
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series 11
Directed by Fayleen Lauder


My Mother's Country- Conisiton' s Destruction (2001) from CAAMA on Vimeo.

DVD available from Ronin Films.

Further clips and teachers notes are available from Australian Screen. If you intend to use this film in the classroom please purchase an educational copy from Ronin Films.