I watched the program last night and wanted to do a post on it, so I went to your web site to check for details. Frankly, the site is just to flash (pun intended) to be really useful from my viewpoint.
I found the first episode very interesting, but also a little dissatisfying. You got me absorbed in the story, but then left me hanging at the end as the focus switched to Tasmania.
There were a few minor things that grated. Some of the indigenous commentary itself, and the use of the word nations (I think peoples is more accurate), things that introduced modern concepts and perceptions.
I also thought that it was too Sydney focused.
Just to put this in perspective,the first program covered the period in NSW from 1788 to roughly a bit before 1825. We begin in Sydney, then flick to the crossing of the Blue Mountains (1813), occupation of the land to the west and the establishment of Bathurst (1815), then the Wiradjuri fightback under Windradyne (c. 1800 - 1829) to the peace arrangements of December 1824.
This same period saw the establishment of Newcastle (1804), Port Macquarie (1821) and the opening of the Hunter to full settlement. So it wasn't just the Sydney peoples nor the Wiradjuri who were being affected. I kept waiting for references to other areas, but none came.
I recognise that the producers had to select, and maybe the story will be carried through in another episode. but I still think that it was a gap.
All this said, I thought that the program did a remarkably good job in putting together a coherent and fascinating story. I especially liked the use of maps.
All this may seem a long way from my starting point about the SBS web site.
I wanted a few simple things: a still that I could use to illustrate a story; some details of the program so that I could check spelling and also check details on line, especially of things that I did not know or where I though that there might be gaps.
The SBS site does not allow me to do this. It is all Adobe Flash, no text or stills. Flash isn't much use to me anyway, I don't have a lot of spare bandwidth, nor did I want to download the latest version of Flash just to access material.
The end result was that what began as a simple blog post required a reasonably significant investment of time to complete as I checked for stuff, tried to answer questions that I should have been able to answer from the web site.
I wrote the post in the end because the program itself created an itch to know more. Had I been less interested, and this has in fact happened with some SBS programs before, I would have simply given up.
To make this post more useful especially for international readers, you can watch the episodes from the SBS web site. On the Sydney Morning Herald Web site, there is a multimedia presentation on the friendship between Windradyne and a local settler, William Suttor. You should get that here.