The Wiradjuri People

The producers acknowledge the Wiradjuri people who are the traditional owners and custodians of the land in which the Monte Cristo Homestead is located and we pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Mandaang Guwu


The Monte Cristo documentary is a powerful exploration of the complex and haunting history of the Monte Cristo homestead, one of Australia’s most haunted locations. At the heart of this story is the Wiradjuri people, whose cultural and historical significance cannot be overstated. 

As producers of this documentary, we believe it is essential to share the story of Elizabeth Crawley, a Wiradjuri woman who was forced to deny her Indigenous heritage and pretend to be white to survive in colonial society.

Monte Cristo, once owned by Elizabeth Crawley after her husband died, stands as a testament to the resilience and strength of Wiradjuri culture in the face of adversity. Her story is a reminder of the ongoing impacts of colonization on First Nations peoples and the importance of recognizing and preserving Indigenous heritage.

For the producers of the Monte Cristo documentary, telling the story of the Wiradjuri people is a central and essential part of the film’s mission. Their connection to the land and their rich cultural heritage is woven deeply into the fabric of the homestead and the surrounding area. By sharing their story, the producers hope to honor the Wiradjuri people and raise awareness of their vital role in Australia’s history and culture.

The Wiradjuri story is one of resilience and survival in the face of colonialism and oppression. It is a story that deserves to be heard and remembered, and the Monte Cristo documentary is committed to bringing this important narrative to light. Through powerful interviews and stunning cinematography, the film explores the Wiradjuri people’s deep connection to the land and their ongoing struggle for recognition and justice.

As producers of this documentary, we believe it is crucial to acknowledge and honor the Wiradjuri story that is interwoven with the history of Monte Cristo. Through the lens of Mrs. Crawley’s experience, we are able to shed light on the ongoing impact of colonization and forced assimilation on Indigenous peoples in Australia.

We hope that our documentary will not only entertain and intrigue, but also inspire meaningful conversations and reflections on the importance of preserving and celebrating Indigenous cultures and histories. The Wiradjuri story is at the heart of the Monte Cristo documentary. It is a story that demands to be told, and the producers are honored to have the opportunity to share it with the world. Thank you for joining us on this journey.

An extra thank you to Aunty Mary, Lloyd Dolan and the Wiradjuri elders featured on camera and who helped behind the scenes. Your wisdom and stories will be remembered by everyone who worked on this show and we appreciate the opportunity to share your stories with the world.



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