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Black Prison, White Playground

Wednesday 23rd July / presented by Daniel Cleary

Annually, thousands of holiday- makers flock to Rottnest’s white sandy shores and crystal clear waters.

But tucked in the back of Rottnest’s museum lies the truth behind the island’s history as an Aboriginal prison where one in 10 prisoners died of disease and malnourishment or were bashed to death by prison guards.

Now, the prison is a cemetery where 370 prisoners lay beyond the shops, resorts and cycle paths.

This year’s WA screen awards outstanding achievement prize was awarded to Glen Stasiuk’s Wadjemup: Black Prison – White Playground, revealing the stories behind the prisoners of Rottnest.

Director Glen Stasiuk joined Daniel...

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