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Episode 41 - Australian Outlaws: Fauna Edition

3/17/2019
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Australia's ecosystem is a delicate balance, and a single small shift can cause catastrophic damage. We have strong customs for a reason, but they didn't come in until the 1900s. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine 5 of the most destructive invasive species currently inhabiting Australian shores, where they came from, and who're to blame.

Duration:00:57:15

Episode 40 - The Bass Strait Triangle

3/10/2019
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Over the years, many people, planes and boats have vanished into the waters of Bass Strait, some found, some never seen again. Fred Valentich (Episode 2) was only one of many... Join Holly and Matthew as they visit some notable cases, including the S.S. Federal in 1901, the Miss Hobart in 1934, and the Charleston in 1979.

Duration:00:50:11

Episode 39 - The Marree Man

3/3/2019
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In the middle of nowhere, hidden behind mountains and close to an army station point, there dwells a shape carved into the bedrock. An 2.5km-tall aboriginal man hunts with a stick, amazing pilots who fly over him daily. But how did Marree Man come to be, seemingly overnight in 1998, without anyone seeing the artist? Where are the tracks to get the heavy machinery in or out? And just who is responsible for the Marree Man?

Duration:00:58:42

Episode 38 - Port Arthur Part 4 - The Port Arthur Massacre: The Aftermath

2/24/2019
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On April 28, 1996, a man intent on blood entered the Port Arthur Historical Site, which was filled with tourists. He parked his car, ate lunch at the cafe... And committed the biggest post-Federation massacre on Australian soil within the space of about 15 minutes, before taking his guns on the road. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the massacre that shaped Australia's relation to guns, tourism, conspiracy theories and mental health. In this episode, they examine the impact the...

Duration:00:55:18

Episode 37 - Port Arthur Part 3 - The Port Arthur Massacre Part B

2/17/2019
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On April 28, 1996, a man intent on blood entered the Port Arthur Historical Site, which was filled with tourists. He parked his car, ate lunch at the cafe... And committed the biggest post-Federation massacre on Australian soil within the space of about 15 minutes, before taking his guns on the road. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the massacre that shaped Australia's relation to guns, tourism, conspiracy theories and mental health. **WARNING: Contains deaths of children and graphic...

Duration:00:55:41

Episode 36 - Port Arthur Part 2 - The Port Arthur Massacre Part A

2/10/2019
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On April 28, 1996, a man intent on blood entered the Port Arthur Historical Site, which was filled with tourists. He parked his car, ate lunch at the cafe... And committed the biggest post-Federation massacre on Australian soil within the space of about 15 minutes, before taking his guns on the road. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the massacre that shaped Australia's relation to guns, tourism, conspiracy theories and mental health. **WARNING: Contains deaths of children and graphic...

Duration:01:02:51

Episode 35 - Port Arthur Part 1 - The Colony (1833-1877)

2/3/2019
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In the early days of Tasmania's history, Port Arthur was known as a prison colony that catered for secondary offenders - people who committed crimes once brought to Australia were sent to Port Arthur to see out their sentences. Touted as being escape-proof, the prison was surrounded by bush, bugs and sharks. The prison itself was no picnic - history tells us that a third of the people sent to Port Arthur went mad within its cells. Why did such a phenomena occur? Join Holly and Matthew as...

Duration:00:51:18

Episode 34 - Australia's El Dorado

1/27/2019
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On July 21, 1930, an expedition set out from Alice Springs, NT, equipped with jeeps, camels and aircraft (a new invention at the time), in search of a gold haul long enough to set up the team and their patrons for the rest of their lives. The man leading the expedition claimed to have found the gold years prior, and remembered the way. A few months later, however, the expedition returned without the guide, cranky and annoyed. Where was the gold they set out to find? And where was their...

Duration:01:00:50

Episode 33 - Ancient Australian Monsters

1/20/2019
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When Indigenous Australians crossed from the Indonesian peninsula to the Australia/Papua New Guinea continent ~50,000 years ago, they were confronted with a sight to behold: carnivorous kangaroos, birds taller than a man, and a 6m-long snake that regularly took on marsupial lions in combat. Over the millennia, however, circumstances led to the deaths of hundreds of species across the Australian continent, leaving only the ones we know today. Join Holly and Matthew as they explore the world...

Duration:01:06:14

Episode 32 - The Highway of Death

1/13/2019
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An 800km stretch of highway runs almost directly west from Townsville, Queensland, before heading through Charters Towers and straight on to Mt Isa. This stretch of road, known as the Flinders and Barkly Highways, has seen more than its fair share of disappearances and deaths over the last 30 years. Locals call it the Townsville Killing Fields. We call it the Highway of Death... **Correction: The Highway of Death runs through the top half of Queensland, not the bottom half.

Duration:01:15:26

Episode 31 - The Westall UFO Incident

1/6/2019
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In April 1966, more than 300 people witnessed an unidentified flying craft buzzing over their heads. Contrary to most UFO sightings, this happened at 11am, over a built-up area, and involved multiple witnesses. So what really happened? Includes audio from two witnesses: Terry Peck and Joy Clarke, so listen to the end!

Duration:00:59:25

Episode 30 - The Hawkesbury River Monster

12/30/2018
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Just south of Sydney lies one of Australia's biggest river systems, the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. And within the waters of the Hawkesbury lies a creature of both legend and fear, Australia's own answer to the Loch Ness Monster: The Hawkesbury River Monster.

Duration:00:40:25

Episode 29 - An Australian Christmas

12/24/2018
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Join Holly and Matthew as they celebrate Christmas the Australian way - with a mishmash collection of traditions gathered from across the globe, all served beside a swimming pool. They discuss the differences between an "American" Christmas and an Australian Christmas, and offer insight as to why we have to be different.

Duration:01:02:20

Episode 28 - Australian Outlaws: The Legend of the Kelly Gang Part 3 (1869-1880)

12/16/2018
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Ned Kelly is a figure that divides the views of a lot of Australians. Was he a villain, killing cops left and right for some perceived vendetta against his family? Was he a hero, standing up for the downtrodden every-man of the last 1800s? Or has his legend taken over, wiping the slate clean and leaving only his final, police-defying last stand at Glenrowan, VIC, to grace the pages of our collective history? How much do you really know about Ned Kelly? Join Holly and Matthew as they look...

Duration:01:20:00

Episode 27 - Australian Outlaws: The Legend of the Kelly Gang Part 2 (1869-1880)

12/9/2018
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Ned Kelly is a figure that divides the views of a lot of Australians. Was he a villain, killing cops left and right for some perceived vendetta against his family? Was he a hero, standing up for the downtrodden every-man of the last 1800s? Or has his legend taken over, wiping the slate clean and leaving only his final, police-defying last stand at Glenrowan, VIC, to grace the pages of our collective history? How much do you really know about Ned Kelly? Join Holly and Matthew as they look...

Duration:00:55:51

Episode 26 - Australian Outlaws: The Legend of the Kelly Gang Part 1 (1869-1880)

12/2/2018
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Ned Kelly is a figure that divides the views of a lot of Australians. Was he a villain, killing cops left and right for some perceived vendetta against his family? Was he a hero, standing up for the downtrodden every-man of the last 1800s? Or has his legend taken over, wiping the slate clean and leaving only his final, police-defying last stand at Glenrowan, VIC, to grace the pages of our collective history? How much do you really know about Ned Kelly? Join Holly and Matthew as they look...

Duration:00:57:21

Episode 25 - The Haunting of Picton Tunnel

11/25/2018
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Nestled in the South-West of Sydney, NSW, lies a small town called Picton. Picton has long been in the running for the Most Haunted Town in Australia, with ghosts seen all over the place. This episode, however, we're focusing on only one part of the hauntings: The Redbank Tunnel. Suicide, murder, rape, accidents, assaults... the list goes on. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the history and the legends of this small, 180m tunnel in the depths of the Blue Mountains.

Duration:00:45:57

Episode 24 - Australian Outlaws Part 5: The Female Bushrangers (1861-1936)

11/18/2018
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Well, a challenge was issued, and had to be answered. After a bit of research, Holly managed to find two female 'bushrangers', presented here for your delight and amusement. Both rustled cattle, one enjoyed the company of more than a couple of men - one a bushranger in his own right - and both were arrested more than once for their craft. Who are these society-snubbing ladies who took up the male-dominated art of bushranging? Listen in and find out... * Since settlement in 1788, the...

Duration:00:42:22

Episode 23 - Australian Outlaws Part 4: Captain Moonlight/Moonlite (1842-1879)

11/11/2018
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In May 1869, a priest was hauled before the court, accused of robbing a bank. Andrew Scott - Captain Moonlight to his friends-in-arms - denied the accusations, even when a note was waved in front of him. I hereby certify that L.W. Bruun has done everything within his power to withstand this intrusion and the taking of money which was done with firearms. Captain Moonlite, Sworn. Affronted at the inappropriate use of his nickname, Scott pointed the police towards two suspects, including the...

Duration:01:03:28

Episode 22 - Australian Outlaws Part 3: The Bathurst Rebellion (1830)

11/4/2018
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In 1830, a pair of convicts tasked with the driving of some sheep pelts to Sydney stopped off in the November Australian heat to go for a quick dip in a local creek. A few visiting dignitaries saw them, and had them hauled before the governor. Less than 12 months later, six men would hang, including Ralph Entwhistle, one of the bathers on that fateful November day, leaving his bushranger army leaderless... * Since settlement in 1788, the bushrangers of Australia have long been a part of our...

Duration:00:37:36