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Australian History: Brilliant stories from Australia's past.

Australian History: Brilliant stories from Australia's past.

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Australian History: Brilliant stories from Australia's past.

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Episodes

Ep 44 Henry Lawson: Australian History

12/30/2020
Henry Lawson was a 'bush poet' and writer from the 1880s-1890s. One of a number of writers that were focusing on the Australian experience and fostering a pride and understanding of the emerging Australian identity. Today's episode looks at Henry's complicated life, and the times in which he was writing. (62 mins) Enjoying the podcast? Help support the show with a one-off donation or sign up to Patreon.

Duration:00:59:36

Ep 43 Shipwreck & first contact: Australian History

11/30/2020
In 1796, the Calcutta merchants Campbell & Clark, sent a boat load of attractive goods, including much needed home and personal wares, and much desired rum, to sell to the isolated people in the new penal colony at Port Jackson (now current day Sydney). The Sydney Cove foundered and the men were obliged to take refuge on Preservation Island. Some of the crew continued on, in a longboat & on foot, to raise the alarm & affect a rescue. This month we retell the story of their epic...

Duration:00:54:34

Ep 42 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 5 - Completion: Australian History

10/25/2020
This episode concludes the series exploring the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme; the vast hydro electric, and irrigation project, that began in 1949 and was under construction for 25 years. As well as providing much needed electricity and irrigation water to a soon to be booming Australia, the international workforce helped usher in the era of Multiculturalism, and the project developed engineering expertise and pride, at a time of great optimism in Australia. (52 mins) Enjoying the...

Duration:00:52:42

Ep 41 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 4 - Working environments & safety: Australian History

9/27/2020
Today we turn our attention the workers' arrangements. At the peak of construction, over 1959/60, there were 7300 people employed on the project. So that’s a lot of people to keep fed & watered, and entertained. But it was hard and sometimes dangerous work, so we consider some of the human costs on the project too. (56 mins) Brilliant stories from Australia’s past! www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.au Enjoying the podcast? Help support the show with a one-off donation or sign up to...

Duration:00:55:53

Ep 40 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 3 - Contractors & townships: Australian History

8/23/2020
The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme began construction at Guthega, with a Norwegian contractor, and before too long, power was being delivered to the people. Workers and families got used to the new environment and the working conditions as the construction projects multiplied across the project sites, while others had to get used to their relocated townships. (60 mins) Brilliant stories from Australia’s past! www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.au Enjoying the podcast? Help...

Duration:00:52:58

Ep 39 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 2 - Getting Land & Workers: Australian History

8/6/2020
The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was underway. Now they Authority had to acquire the land across the Alps, and recruit a workforce, to survey, plan and construct the many parts of the project; not an easy thing to do in booming post war Australia. Part 2 gives an overview of the recruitment of workers, the majority coming from various worker schemes and displaced persons camps in Europe. And we learn about the arrangements for compensating and moving the existing landholders to...

Duration:00:39:51

Ep 38 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 1 - Inception: Australian History

6/28/2020
The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, took nearly 30 years to complete in the post war period, and was an astounding engineering feat. It remains one of the “engineering wonders of the world”. It created thousands of jobs and drove the development of increased home-grown Engineering expertise in large civil projects. Not without social & environmental costs of course, it brought with it some amazing practical power & water supply developments, and lead the country in embracing varied...

Duration:00:34:04

Ep 37 Lady Jane Franklin - Explorer: Australian History

5/31/2020
Lady Jane Franklin was an unusual woman. In the late 1830s, as the wife of Van Diemen's Land Governor Sir John Franklin, she took the opportunity to explore the new settlements and wilds of Tasmania, undertook an overland trek from Melbourne to Sydney, astounding the public with her drive & resilience. One source suggested, her “unfeminine curiosity” lead her to investigate many places where European women had not previously ventured. She was instrumental in setting up scientific societies...

Duration:00:47:46

Ep 36 Jandamarra: the Bunuba Warrior Pt 2: Australian History

4/26/2020
PART 2: Jandamarra was a Bunuba man, from the Kimberly region in Western Australia, who has been called both an outlaw and a hero. It’s a story of conflict between the indigenous peoples, and the new comers to Australia; a chapter in what we more lately call the Frontier Wars. In the late 1880s Jandamarra lead his people in resisting the takeover of their lands, at a time when stockholders wished to bring sheep & cattle into the Kimberly. It is a confronting story, but one very important...

Duration:00:33:06

Ep 35 Jandamarra: the Bunuba Warrior Pt 1: Australian History

4/26/2020
Jandamarra was a Bunuba man, from the Kimberly region in Western Australia, who has been called both an outlaw and a hero. It’s a story of conflict between the indigenous peoples, and the new comers to Australia; a chapter in what we more lately call the Frontier Wars. In the late 1880s Jandamarra lead his people in resisting the takeover of their lands, at a time when stockholders wished to bring sheep & cattle into the Kimberly. It is a confronting story, but one very important for both...

Duration:00:34:19

Ep 34 The Great Emu War: Australian History

3/29/2020
In the early 1930s the post WW1 Soldier Settlers in Western Australia were doing it hard, trying to make a living growing wheat in a tough economic climate. When the native Emus descended on their crops on mass, they called on the Commonwealth Minister of Defense to come to their rescue. And so began the Emu War in the west..... (45 mins) www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.au Brilliant stories from Australia’s past! Enjoying the podcast? Help support the show...

Duration:00:42:22

Ep 33 Eureka Pt5: Eureka Trials: Australian History

2/27/2020
With the rebellion at the Eureka Stockade ended, the authorities moved the main players to Melbourne to be tried for treason. In the days immediately following, the people of Victoria were at first apprehensive that there may be further outbreaks of violence and rioting, but as more information about exactly what happened at Ballarat was known, they became more unhappy about the lead up to and the actions that took place on December 3rd, 1854. In this final episode in the Eureka series, we...

Duration:01:05:51

Ep 32 Eureka Pt4: Eureka Stockade: Australian History

1/30/2020
With no positive response to their delegations, pleading & petitions, the Ballarat miners determined they must boycott the corrupt system all together and physically resist when the troopers came to arrest them. Under the leadership of Peter Lalor, the men swore under their Southern Cross flag, to stand together united in their resistance, and to protect each other from the authorities, with physical force if required. To that end they began building a defensive Stockade. and began to...

Duration:00:55:56

Ep 31 Eureka Pt3: Ballarat Reform League: Australian History

12/30/2019
Relations between the authorities and the diggers on the Ballarat goldfield continued to deteriorate, and despite the reports of corruption and violent behaviour being reported to the senior government officials, no action was being taken. Following a murder on the goldfield, the miners meeting protesting the corrupt investigation that took place afterwards, escalated into a riot, and the Eureka Hotel was burnt to the ground. A number of influential men on the diggings formed the Ballarat...

Duration:00:36:48

Ep 30 Eureka Pt2: Ballarat goldfield: Australian History

12/30/2019
We turn our attention to the Ballarat Goldfield. The road to the Eureka Rebellion here was actually quite long, and contained a myriad of grievances & triggers, which finally came to an unhappy clash on December 3rd 1854 at the Eureka Stockade. But we are not quite there yet. This episode we look at the early days under La Trobe, and the frustration & aggravation that grew after Hotham became Governor. The initial catalysts for the uprising started with unfair gold licensing arrangements,...

Duration:00:41:20

Ep 29 Eureka Pt1: Gold: Australian History

11/28/2019
Gold miners built the Eureka Stockade at the Ballarat goldfields in December 1854, but trouble between the miners and the authorities had started pretty much with the gold rush in 1851. Before we start looking at the Eureka uprising itself, Ep 29 will begin with some background to the story. The discovery of gold and the chance to dig & make ones fortune, transformed the colonies. We'll look at gold discovery in Australia, the influence of the Californian gold rush, the Government’s...

Duration:00:43:24

Ep 28 The Dingo Fence: Australian History

10/24/2019
Australia has a number of massive continuous barrier fences, built by farmers and pastorlists from the late 1800's, to try and control the movement of native and introduced pests that were threatening their land and stock. We’re going to look at the development & operation of the massive Dingo Fence, the longest wild dog exclusion barrier, now running as a continuous line across 3 states, over more than 5400 kilometres (3350 miles). (52...

Duration:00:52:06

Ep 27 Convicts and Cascades Pt 2: Australian History

9/23/2019
We’re continuing our look at the convict era, in particular, the experiences of women convicts who passed through the Cascades Female Factory, in Hobart, Tasmania. After serving their sentences, many became successful members of their communities, and they are representative of the convict women who can be regarded as the literal mothers of the early Anglo-Australian society here. (58 mins) www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.au Brilliant stories from Australia’s past! Help support the...

Duration:00:58:48

Ep 26 Convicts and Cascades Pt 1: Australian History

8/29/2019
We’re going to look at the female convicts who passed through the Cascades Female Factory, in Hobart, Tasmania, and reflect on the different experience the women convicts may have had, to those of the male convicts. There are both harrowing and hilarious stories to be told about the institution and it’s inmates. So we’ll focus on the women in that institution in particular, as an example of experiences that might have been familiar to most convict women who were sent out to Australia. (54...

Duration:00:52:03

Ep 25 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 5: Australian History

7/25/2019
Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition concluded, and the last of the expeditioners arrived back in Adelaide in February, 1914. A lot had happened, both on the frozen continent and across the world, in the years they had been away. We wrap up the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration” in this episode, by reflecting on the AAE, on Mawson’s ongoing relationship with the Antarctic, and Australia’s connection to Antarctica. We’ll also just touch on the outcome of Scott and Amundsen’s...

Duration:00:49:03