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Hindsight presents history in a new light, offering insights and perspectives on the past through stories, some well known and some, till now, unheard. Presented by Lorena Allam.

Hindsight presents history in a new light, offering insights and perspectives on the past through stories, some well known and some, till now, unheard. Presented by Lorena Allam.


Melbourne, Sydney


Hindsight presents history in a new light, offering insights and perspectives on the past through stories, some well known and some, till now, unheard. Presented by Lorena Allam.




Hindsight ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Melbourne 3006 (03) 9626 1644


From the pearlers to the bankers: the history of Japanese Australians

Australia’s shared history with Japan is very much dominated by the Second World War and trade. And although Japanese people have been a part of Australian society since the late nineteenth century, they have never been considered a significant ethnic group with their own Australian story. The term 'Nikkei' or Japanese diaspora is virtually unknown in Australia, even though Nikkei North Americans have a very vocal, visible identity.



Stories of shipwreck, rescue and some extraordinary friendships that developed in the 19th century between European castaways and their Indigenous rescuers along the Great Barrier Reef.


Adios to the Spanish Club

In August 2013, the Spanish Club of Sydney closed its Liverpool Street doors for the last time. This is the story of how a migrant community becomes Australian, and what is left behind in the process.


Bleat! How Australia fell off the sheep’s back

Hindsight heads from sheep country in south western Queensland to the highest echelons of the Hawke government, to find who killed the golden fleece?


Warriors in a forgotten war: Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheneer

The colony of Port Phillip was just eight years old when it held its first execution. The first people hanged in 1842 were two Aboriginal men from Tasmania. How did they come to be on the mainland?


Peat Island - a place of asylum

Peat Island is located 50 kilometres north of Sydney. It is surrounded by dense bushland and tucked away on the picturesque Hawkesbury River. Despite the now adjacent highway, it still feels remote.


'My Brother Jack' turns 50

It is 50 years since George Johnston's 'My Brother Jack' was published in Australia, a novel some still regard as our seminal anti-war novel. But was its bold entry onto our literary landscape shaped by the era to which it belonged- 1960s Australia?


Where Our Stories Live: Tim Ferguson

Have you got objects in your life that you cherish ? They may not be of great monetary value, but are instead precious for other reasons; a family keepsake, an object which marks an important turning point in our lives, relationships and family history.


Oriental stardust: Anna May Wong in White Australia

Anna May Wong was Hollywood's first Chinese-American star. Racist censorship laws meant she could never be cast as the romantic lead, instead she shone in sinister vamp and villain roles and died a thousand deaths on screen. It's a little known fact that this icon of Hollywood's golden age spent three months on the moon in Australia on the eve of the Second World War. What did White Australia make of Anna May Wong?


Object stories:1920s skipping rope

June Noble's mother played with this skipping rope, which dates back to the 1920s.


A forgotten war

A story from our colonial past that has everything: war, love, courage, freedom fighters ... and the gallows. And it all takes place, more or less, in the heart of Melbourne, in 1842.


A Singular Life: Monte Punshon

The many lives of a woman who was witness to some of the major transformations in modern history.


Noel Coward: His Talks in Australia

It is 1940 and wherever he goes in Australia Noel Coward receives rapturous applause. His tour of the great Southern land is tightly packed with luncheons, concerts, fundraisers and, most importantly, radio broadcasts.


Pig City

In the late 1970s Brisbane was known to the rest of Australia as a big country town, and on the surface it was a citadel of conservative rural Australian values.


Special Attention - A history of Special Branch

In Australia, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the US in 2001, more than sixty pieces of legislation have been passed into law, that significantly strengthen the powers of intelligence organisations. This program opens the file on one of Australia's earliest, highly secretive intelligence units; Special Branch.


War and Peace

In his great novel, War and Peace, set during the Napoleonic era, Leo Tolstoy gives a cameo role to a Prussian officer serving with the Russian army. Carl von Clausewitz, like many of Tolstoy’s characters, was a real person and probably the best-known philosopher of modern war.


The Uiver Emergency

It's exactly eighty years since a remarkable moment in aviation history took place in rural south east Australia. In the early hours of the morning of Wednesday October 24th, 1934, a DC2 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines aeroplane landed at the Albury racecourse after encountering a severe and dangerous storm en route to Melbourne. The plane's safe landing would not have happened without the pluck and resourcefulness of the townsfolk of Albury.


Public Intimacies: The Royal Commission on Human Relationships

Women’s liberation, gay liberation, and the so-called permissive society—this story charts the groundbreaking and controversial Whitlam Government inquiry into the social changes of the 1970s.


Port Arthur - the persistence of ruins

Framed by its beginnings as the country's most notorious penal settlement, Port Arthur is also a place marked by paradox - where a beautiful natural landscape rapidly became inscribed with human violence and suffering, where community life would be overtaken by commercial imperatives, and where a rich and difficult history would often be reduced to a series of clichés.


Australian First World War Military Fashion

In depictions of Australians in the Great War – the uniform has become inextricably linked into our perception of the digger and war itself. The heavy wool jackets, slouch hat and emu plumes.