Dialog Box

Community | History | Indigenous | Rural | Social Justice


$15,700 Raised of
In 1949, Banjo Morton and a small handful of Aboriginal stockmen walked off from the vast Lake Nash cattle station, demanding pay in wages instead of rations. While the walk-off was only short lived, their success was etched into history. It’s a part of history that has remained relatively unknown beyond the stories told by Banjo and the others but it was recorded forever in the 1949 Lake Nash Police Journal by Police Constable Jack Mahony. This documentary follows the journey of, Richard Downs - Banjo's nephew and other members of Banjo's family as they visit the archives in Alice Springs to see the original documentation by Constable Mahony that documented the 1949 Walk Off and then make a road trip out to the Lake Nash Cattle Station where it all happened back in 1949.

This is more than just the story of Banjo’s walk-off in 1949 - an the documentation of a significant part of history. It’s a story about uncovering the past and trying to discover what place the past has in the present. It's also a story about families and connections and about returning pride to a family so that the story of Banjo and the other stockmen will never be forgotten.

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the Lake Nash Walk Off.

Lara Damiani
Lara Damiani
Total budget
30 Minutes