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Crossing the Divide by Sam Foster, Hayden Jones and Benjin Maza


THEMES: First Nations Perspectives, Colonialism, Division
LENGTH: 55 minutes, no interval
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years, Senior Years

The path may be difficult, but there has to be a willingness to find a way through, together.


Crossing the Divide by Sam Foster, Hayden Jones and Benjin Maza asks the question, “Can we find a path to a more unified Australia, or is the distance too vast to cross and will we always be divided?”


A high-school history class sets out on a three-day trek across the Great Dividing Range, learning about the expedition by Blaxland, Wentworth, and Lawson. As details emerge about some of the earliest interactions between Indigenous people and colonial explorers, Liam, a scholarship student from the Torres Strait, starts to feel deeply uncomfortable. Tensions mount when Liam’s friend Max refuses to see how European settlement created anything but a ‘positive pathway to progress’. Tempers flare around the campfire and Liam becomes lost – in time and place – as he’s suddenly staring down the barrel of a shot-gun held by an equally startled and confused Gregory Blaxland


Crossing the Divide was first produced by Shock Therapy Arts at Ferny Grove State High School on Monday 4th March, 2024.

ISBN: 978-1-76161-023-3


Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm

Education Notes

The Education Notes for Crossing the Divide were written and compiled by Shock Therapy Arts.

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