Peter Garrett’s passions are well known. As a musician, activist and politician he has championed human rights, fought for the environment and been a strong advocate for indigenous issues. But where do these passions stem from?
Peter’s knowledge of his family history is sketchy, due in large part to a tragedy early in his life. When Peter was in university, his beloved mother died in a house fire. His father had died a few years earlier. For the Garrett siblings, the fire took their mother, their home and their memories. All the family photos, documents and the ephemera associated with their childhood were destroyed. Their only link with the past was their maternal grandmother, Emily Collin, whom Peter adored.
With no one left to tell him the family anecdotes and no photos to ponder over, Peter wonders how he will pass on his family history to his daughters. He knows that the Garrett men were high achievers - one ancestor, Thomas Garrett, was in the first white cricket team to tour England – but what about the women?
In one of Sydney’s great convict buildings Peter Garrett discovers an ancestor at the forefront of social welfare in the colony. He will also unearth the secret life of his grandmother who worked in a forgotten area of First Contact.
Following his grandmother's history will lead him to a dark and heart-wrenching chapter of Australian history.
Join stars Julia Morris, Peter Garrett, Delta Goodrem, Rachel Griffiths, Mal Meninga, Jane Turner, Shane Jacobson and John Newcombe in Season Eight of Who Do You Think You Are. Starts Tuesday 13th September at 7.30pm (AEST) on SBS.
Watch a sneak peek below: