Footprints on Our Land


Footprints on Our Land explores the life and legacy of Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Agnes Shea (aged 84 in 2016).

Ranging from her life as a girl on Oak Hill and Hollywood missions in Yass (NSW) to the present day, Footprints on Our Land captures Aunty Agnes’s life as a survivor of racism, a caring mother and grandmother and a strong advocate for her community.

Made by highly respected documentary filmmaker Pat Fiske, the film portrays an optimistic woman whose tenacity and good humour brought her through the challenges that were typical of a generation of Aboriginal people growing up on missions.

Through her life so far, we see a microcosm of the ongoing Australian journey towards reconciliation. She has shared her time and wisdom with the United Ngunnawal Elders Council and made a major contribution to the establishment of the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm.

Mrs Shea has six children, 13 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

Footprints on Our Land is testament to a senior Elder whose tireless service welcoming people to Ngunnawal country, in the tradition of her people, has been a major force for reconciliation in the ACT.

To arrange for public broadcast or to purchase a DVD copy of the film contact Tuggeranong Arts Centre (ACT) on 02 6293 1443.


Release dates
16 July 2016 - Australia
Video/DVD release date
G - general
Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Watch now

Find "Footprints on Our Land" on DVD or BluRay

Browse Aboriginal film suppliers and distributors

Other films by Pat Fiske

Explore more Aboriginal movies

Explore movie history with the Aboriginal film timeline.

Take the quiz: Are you an Aboriginal movie buff?

Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, Footprints on Our Land, <>, retrieved 18 October 2019

Knowledge is better when your friends know too.
Whom can you help today?

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it." — Margaret Fuller

Join more than 14,564 Smart Owls who know more!