Australia: The Story of Us

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Australia: The Story of Us
Australia The Story of Us title card.jpg
Title card of Australia: The Story of Us
GenreTelevision documentary
Presented byRichard Roxburgh
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Running time50–65 minutes
Original networkSeven Network
Picture format(HDTV)
Original release15 February (2015-02-15) –
23 April 2015 (2015-04-23)
Related shows

Australia: The Story of Us was a television documentary drama which aired on the Seven Network between 15 February 2015 and 23 April 2015.[1]

It was listed in the Daily Review's 'Top 10 must see Australian TV shows of 2015'.[2]

Show details[edit]

Australia: The Story of Us is a localised version of the American television documentary series, America: The Story of Us. Narrated by Richard Roxburgh, it features interviews with prominent Australians including, among others, Chris Bath, Professor Tim Flannery, Ben Roberts-Smith, Tim Costello, Guy Sebastian, Dannii Minogue, Bruce McAvaney and Adam Goodes. The series looks back at some of the people, places and events that have shaped the country over the last 40,000 years.[1]

Channel Seven's showrunner Chris Thorburn said; "I want the audience to be surprised, proud, entertained and awed; to walk away with a view of where we have come from and to see our story in a new light". [3]


Melinda Houston of the Sydney Morning Herald gave the show 3.5/5 saying; "Unashamedly celebratory and unashamedly populist, this new factual series from Seven is great entertainment that is also good for you. Using the same model as the US and British versions – big re-enactments, computer-generated images, talking heads who span the spectrum from serious academics to television actors, all threaded together by an energetic narration – The Story of Us takes key moments and characters from Australian history to tell the story of the nation. It is not a professorial piece of work, but it does not pretend to be. It's a rollicking yarn built on solid fact and, by that measure, it works splendidly". [4]

David Knox of TvTonight was more critical. He said; "...this feels decidedly over-produced to me. The tone and editing upstage the history in a constant ploy to bring it closer to primetime drama." He added, "It is the over-produced drama (or even melodrama) that is most distracting here, which is a shame given the source material is so rich." [5]

However, David Stephens on sums it up best by saying: "Overall, ASU makes an honest effort to deliver varied fare to fast-history consumers. Inevitably, short-order cooking ruins some dishes but four episodes of ASU fed into a young Australian would do more good than harm. Viewing these episodes would certainly give a more balanced (albeit superficial) view of this nation than would be obtained by, say, strolling through the Australian War Memorial. ASU deserves comparison with Defining Moments at the National Museum of Australia and Chris Masters’ The Years that Made Us as an introduction to an Australia that is about not only Anzac but lots of other things as well. In this year of all years, any production that puts our great Australian bellicosity in its proper, proportionate place is to be welcomed." [6]


Episode Title Original airdate Overnight Viewers Nightly Rank
1-01 "Worlds Collide" 15 February 2015 876,000[7] 8
1-02 "Break Out" 22 February 2015 945,000[8] 5
1-03 "Fair Go" 1 March 2015 838,000[9] 4
1-04 "New Nation at War" 8 March 2015 737,000[10] 7
1-05 "Pharlap" 15 March 2015 894,000[11] 11
1-06 "Nation Building" 22 March 2015 866,000[12] 7
1-07 "Revolution" 16 April 2015 653,000[13] 9
1-08 "Final Frontier" 23 April 2015 723,000[14] 8


  1. ^ a b Knox, David (9 February 2015). "Airdate: Australia: The Story of Us". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  2. ^ "10 MUST-SEE AUSTRALIAN TV SHOWS FOR 2015". 5 February 2015. Archived from the original on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Australia: The Story of Us a rollicking history of sunburnt country". Lyndall Crisp. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Australia The Story of Us a Rockklicking Yarn". Melinda Houston. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Australia - The Story of Us". David Knox. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ Stephens, D. (2016). Australia comes in little cheerful chunks | HONEST HISTORYHONEST HISTORY. Retrieved 28 July 2016, from
  7. ^ "Sunday 15 February 2015". 15 February 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Sunday 22 February 2015". 22 February 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Sunday 1 March 2015". 1 March 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Sunday 8 March 2015". 8 March 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Sunday 15 March 2015". 15 March 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Sunday 22 March 2015". 22 March 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Thursday 16 April 2015". 16 April 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Thursday 23 April 2015". 23 April 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2017.