"Social and Cultural History of Australia" deals with the manner in which all of those processes which came to make Australia affected its inhabitants - both Indigenous and Migratory. It deals with the affect the settlement had on the natural inhabitants, the manner in which they were taken over and the reaction of the people to this dispossession of their tribal lands. The differences in the opposing cultures are highlighted, but the program is not a dissertation on the history of the aboriginal people. It also deals with how the settling inhabitants managed such a diverse and new environment, how they struggled to survive, how they accommodated every problematic issue that came their way until they reached a situation where the various communities felt the need to join together for their own protection, and to make their way in the then modern world.
Issues that affected the Australian psyche throughout the 200 year plus history of the people such as the drive for federation , two world wars, minor skirmishes internationally, the Great Depression, political and economic upheaval and the dawn of the great age of technology, as well as the influence of other "alien" cultures on our own, all play their part in this explanation of the social and cultural processes at play right from 1788 to 2020, and into 2021.