HINDSIGHT : ABC RADIO NATIONAL
11 & 18 OCTOBER 2009
This powerful and revealing radio series, written and produced by
Siobhan McHugh with original music by Melbourne composer Thomas
Fitzgerald, explores the religious bigotry and post-colonial tensions
between English (Protestants) and Irish (Catholics) still prevalent
in Australia only two generations ago.
Based on three years research
and over fifty oral history interviews, the series explores the
family feuds occasioned by Protestant/Catholic mixed marriage and the
virtual social apartheid that at times resulted from systemic
discrimination against the Irish Catholic underclass until the 1960s.
The series also contests the use of the misleading term 'Anglo-Celtic
Australia' to denote non-indigenous Australia prior to the mass
immigration that followed the Second World War.