Infamous Victory - Ben Chifley's Battle for Coal

2008, 55 Minutes

Infamous Victory - Ben Chifley’s Battle for Coal

This is a story of coal, communism, and the Australian prime minister who went to war against his own during the national miners' strike of 1949. Using rare archival footage and re-creations based on meticulous research, the dramatised documentary takes viewers into the corridors of power to show how Labor Party leader Ben Chifley took on and defeated the growing forces of communism in Australia. It examines the complex issues the conflict raised, introduces the major players in the dispute and portrays a fascinating era of Australian history rarely seen on screen.

A Screen Australia Making History production. Produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Classification: PG. Consumer advice: Mild themes and coarse language.

For Teachers

Level: Secondary, Tertiary, Lifelong Learning

Curriculum links include English, Media Studies, SOSE/HSIE, Australian History and Politics. Joseph Benedict Chifley is included in the NSW HSC Modern History 'Personalities of the Twentieth Century' list.

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