Sue Castrique

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Sue Castrique is a researcher and writer whose book Under the colony's eye: gentlemen and convicts on Cockatoo Island 1839-1869 was awarded the Kay Daniels prize by the AHA in 2016.

Under the colony's eye tells the story of the penal settlement on Cockatoo Island, the struggle to build a dock and the secret fight club run on the island with its bare-knuckle prize-fighting convicts.

Published by Anchor Books Australia, it is available at

In 2015 Sue received a RAHS Heritage grant to write the history of the Addison road community centre and the first chapter, 'On the edge of Gumbramorra swamp' was a major prize winner in the Wildcare nature writing award in 2016.

Sue also has experience bringing the past to the screen as a writer and script editor for historical documentaries.  Her work has been recognised with a number of awards including three Australian Writer's Guild Awards, an AFI  and the Reuben Mamoulian Award.

Sue has a BA (Hons) from ANU and a BA (Scriptwriting)  from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.



Area of Expertise

Archival & library research. Script Editing. Scriptwriting for historical film and interactive media. Writing exhibition text.

Publications/Past Work

 Journal Articles:

'The army at Addison Road', Heritage, Marrickville Heritage Society, no. 14, 2014.

'Under the Colony's Eye: Cockatoo Island and the Fitzroy dock, 1847-1857', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol 98, part 2, December 2012.

'Beyond Text: reflections on historical television', Public History Review, vol 9, 2001.


Addison Road Talking History Project, for the Addison Road Community Centre, 2014.

Narrative Guide to the History of Cockatoo Island, for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, 2007.

Script Editing:

Buckskin, Documentary on Jack Buckskin and his mission to sculpt a new urban Aboriginal language and culture, ABC, Director, Dylan McDonald, 2013.

Call to County - Documentary workshop for ABC TV and the Indigenous Department, Screen Australia. 2012.

1606 & 1770:  A Tale of Two Discoveries, History Channel. 2010.

Headlands - Documentary workshop for Australian Film, Television & Radio School, 2005.

Pure Drop - Interactive website for Ether Multimedia, 2005.

Mr Patterns - Documentary on the Papunya Tula art movement, SBS TV, 2004.

House for a Nation - 4 part documentary series, Parliament House & Ronin Films, 2002.


Shifting Old North Sydney, North Sydney Heritage Centre. AWGIE Award, 2007.

Federation - 3 part documentary series. ABC TV. AWGIE  Award, 1999.

Flowers and the Wide Sea - 2 part documentary series on the Chinese in Australia, SBS 1993.

That’s Formation - Interactive multimedia, Earth Exchange Museum. AWGIE Award 1992.

Witch Hunt, 90 minute documentary, SBS TV. AFI Award, screenplay. 1987.

The Drover's Wife, 1985. Director, Sue Brooks. Reuben Mamoulian Award.

September '51, 1984, Director, Ray Quint.