Malcolm Turnbull to star in season 12 of Who Do You Think You Are?
The first Australian Prime Minister to tackle the births, deaths and marriages scroll in SBS’s long-running genealogy series, Who do you think you are ?, Malcolm Turnbull was ready for the strange skeleton in the family closet. At the risk of spoiling, what he found, along with one of them, was an intriguing mystery of missing legacy, doomed ties, a tenacious politician, and parallels to his own childhood growing up with his father. , after her mother moved to New Zealand. . For him, it was a “fascinating and inspiring” experience that made him richer, not only in his understanding of his lineage, but of the history of the nation.
“It is, and so often is, a story of triumph with tragedy,” he said. “Telling the truth is essential and this is where it particularly applies to the story of the European invasion of Australia.”
Aired on Tuesday, June 15, following the Celia Pacquola episode that begins this 12th season, and preceding others including Denise Drysdale, Grant Denyer and Uncle Jack Charles, the episode of Turnbull is filmed largely on or near water, the Sydneysider praising his lifelong love for the beach and harbor. It was aboard a boat up the Hawkesbury River that he learned of the convicts of the notoriously brutal Second Fleet who had settled there.
“There is a myth that they were all transported for stealing a loaf of bread, which of course is not true. You accept that most of the convicts were completely guilty. They did not deserve the harsh punishment they received, but that was the nature of the past. What is remarkable is that so many of them came to Australia and then built successful lives and laid the foundation for modern Australia, but obviously at the cost of enormous hardship and dispossession for Indigenous Australians… We did not find in this study any evidence of direct violent contact between my ancestors and Australian Aborigines, but the reality is that the land they settled on was Aboriginal land. So they took something that belonged to someone else.
He remembers his grandparents talking about their heritage as “free settlers”.
“This generation would still have been very circumspect about the doomed part of the family tree. I don’t know if they would have denied it but they would not have pointed it out.
It is in this region that Turnbull discovers that he is not the only member of his family to have served in public office: a downline alderman made a political comeback, like Turnbull, and refused to admit. defeat, like a certain former US president. .
“He contested his electoral defeat, it was good! Politics obviously change with each generation, but there are some fundamentals: it’s a matter of people and it’s a matter of communication and it’s a difficult game.