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Episode 76 - The Walsh Street Shooting Part 1

11/18/2019
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The cold war between the police and the criminals of Melbourne grew hotter with every "accidental" shooting of those accused of crimes. Eventually, it culminated in the shootings of two police officers, and the longest-running investigation in Victorian history.

Duration:00:53:46

Episode 75 - Skippy The Bush Kangaroo

11/10/2019
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In the late 1960s, television was starting to take off in Australia. On the airwaves were shows displaying the landscape of the United States and United Kingdom, albiet in black and white. A handful of hopefuls looked at those shows, then at the Australian bush, and realised, "We can do that." Since 1967, Skippy has spread her adventures around the world in brilliant colour, helping to bring tourism to Australia, and pride to the population. Join Holly and Matthew for their first foray...

Duration:01:15:51

Episode 74 - Phar Lap

11/3/2019
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The Melbourne Cup is known as the "Race that Stops the nation". But the value of these horses sometimes exceed their status. This is a story about a special horse, one that Australia claims as its own, and still mourns the loss, 87 years after he died. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into Australia's favourite racehorse, Phar Lap! Main Theme music – Kevin MacLeod "Slow Ticking Clock" – Kevin MacLeod Used under a Creative Commons license.

Duration:01:05:50

Episode 73 - The Queen Street Massacre

10/29/2019
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In 1987, a madman went on a shooting rampage through a main street of Melbourne (see episode 69). Three months later, another man, influenced by that massacre and suffering from severe mental illness, entered the Australia Post building on Queen St, Melbourne - three blocks from the Russell St Police Headquarters (see episode 66) - and killed eight people, including himself. Part 3 of our Melbourne Massacre series. Main Theme music – Kevin MacLeod "Slow Ticking Clock" – Kevin...

Duration:01:50:34

Episode 73 - The Queen Street Massacre

10/27/2019
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In 1987, a madman went on a shooting rampage through a main street of Melbourne (see episode 69). Three months later, another man, influenced by that massacre and suffering from severe mental illness, entered the Australia Post building on Queen St, Melbourne - three blocks from the Russell St Police Headquarters (see episode 66) - and killed eight people, including himself. Part 3 of our Melbourne Massacre series.

Duration:01:16:33

Episode 72 - The Tasmanian Devil

10/20/2019
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The Tasmanian devil was named by early European settlers who heard the creature's unearthly screams, coughs and growls, and went to investigate They found a small canine-looking animal with black fur and white patches, red ears and sharp teeth. Its howls screeches and snarls haunted the nights, driving some man to the brink of insanity. Some say the devil haunts Tasmania. Here on the podcast, we believe the whole island is possessed.... Main Theme music – Kevin MacLeod "Slow Ticking...

Duration:01:12:54

Episode 71 - The Beaumont Children Part 2

10/13/2019
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Australia in the 1960s was a safe, wholesome place to grow up. Ask any Boomer or Gen Xer what their childhood was like, they'll be happy to tell you how great it was, going down to the beach with your siblings, spending time in the sand, surf and sun. In reality, the world was just as dangerous as it is today, we were just less aware of it. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the case that changed Australia, and the dark world that opened up to the public because of it... Main Theme...

Duration:01:24:48

Episode 70 - The Beaumont Children Part 1

10/6/2019
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Australia in the 1960s was a safe, wholesome place to grow up. Ask any Boomer or Gen Xer what their childhood was like, they'll be happy to tell you how great it was, going down to the beach with your siblings, spending time in the sand, surf and sun. In reality, the world was just as dangerous as it is today, we were just less aware of it. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the case that changed Australia, and the dark world that opened up to the public because of it... Main Theme...

Duration:00:59:28

Episode 69 - The Hoddle Street Massacre

9/29/2019
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On a quiet Sunday night in August, 1987, a man sat in a pub, trying desperately to get the bartender to talk to him. Rejected by his ideal career, his girlfriend, his friends and even his mother, this young man turned what was once a boring night on an inner-north Melbourne street into one his victims would never forget. If they survive. Main Theme music – Kevin MacLeod "Slow Ticking Clock" – Kevin MacLeod Used under a Creative Commons license.

Duration:01:36:51

Episode 68 - Attack of the Midget Subs

9/22/2019
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In 1941, Australia came as close to being invaded as we ever gave with a trio of mini-submarines entering Sydney Harbour and keeping the ships there occupied for almost 5 hours before the assorted navies gave up and fled. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the only time Sydney was ever bombed, and how it could have been Auckland instead... *SPOILER correction (for a 70yo battle...): M-24 hid to the right of the Sydney Opera House, near what's now known as the Shipyards, not behind...

Duration:01:22:14

Episode 67 - The Frederick Escape

9/15/2019
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Escapology was a way of life for some convicts sent to Australia. For some, the thrill of the breakout was its own reward. For others, it was reuniting with their family on the outside. These 10 convicts put most escapes to shame. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the theft of the Frederick - and the convicts' adventure on the high seas. Main Theme music – Kevin MacLeod "Slow Ticking Clock" – Kevin MacLeod Used under a Creative Commons license.

Duration:01:09:44

Episode 66 - The Russell Street Bombing Part 2

9/8/2019
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This episode contains a story that hinges on a simple twist of fate: one woman's life ended because she lost a coin toss. There's a lot of terror in the world today, to people stabbing, shooting or running people down in cars. However, this phenomenon of violence stemming from hatred of the 'other' is not unique to modern times. In the 1990s, a series of attacks on innocent and unsuspecting people changed the way that people currently react to terrorist threats. Join Holly and Matthew as...

Duration:00:53:38

Episode 65 - The Russell Street Bombing Part 1

9/1/2019
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This episode contains a story that hinges on a simple twist of fate: one woman's life ended because she lost a coin toss. There's a lot of terror in the world today, to people stabbing, shooting or running people down in cars. However, this phenomenon of violence stemming from hatred of the 'other' is not unique to modern times. In the 1990s, a series of attacks on innocent and unsuspecting people changed the way that people currently react to terrorist threats. Join Holly and Matthew as...

Duration:00:56:24

Episode 64 - The Battle of Central Station

8/25/2019
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At the start of the Great War, Australia was a place of fevered patriotism. Young men signed up by the score to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force against the threat overtaking Europe, bouyed by the lasting ties Australia had to Britain. Those men, from all over Australia, had to be trained somewhere, so they were shifted to the major cities - Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne - for training and preparation for the war ahead. But one camp in Liverpool, Sydney, decided that the order to...

Duration:01:14:34

Episode 63 - The Thylacine

8/18/2019
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The poster child for extinction in Australia, the thylacine was declared extinct in 1982, 50 years after the last known specimen died in a Hobart zoo. But there's a lot more to the Tasmanian Tiger than a set of stripes and a wide bite. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the downfall of the thylacine, its role in the wider world of Australian conservation, and the continuing assertion that the Tassie Tiger lives on... Main Theme music – Kevin MacLeod "Slow Ticking Clock" – Kevin...

Duration:01:17:42

Episode 62 - Old Melbourne Gaol Part 2

8/12/2019
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In the centre of Melbourne, Vic, lies a large bluestone building complex out of time with its surrounds. Some people know the place as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), whole others know it as Old Melbourne Gaol Museum. The site's history is almost as complex as its zoning laws, stretching all the way back to the colony's first 50 years. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the criminals, executions, ghosts and stories that make up the Old Melbourne Gaol complex - and...

Duration:01:09:19

Episode 61 - Old Melbourne Gaol Part 1

8/4/2019
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In the centre of Melbourne, Vic, lies a large bluestone building complex out of time with its surrounds. Some people know the place as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), whole others know it as Old Melbourne Gaol Museum. The site's history is almost as complex as its zoning laws, stretching all the way back to the colony's first 50 years. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the criminals, executions, ghosts and stories that make up the Old Melbourne Gaol complex - and...

Duration:00:49:15

Episode 60 - The Crystal Highway Murders Part 2

7/28/2019
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Just off the well-beaten track of eastern central Queensland lies the remains of an old highway, one that stretches from the towns of Mackay to Rockhampton. The Old Bruce Highway, as it's officially known, is an easy sightseeing route for families looking to relive the old 1950s and 60s road trips, or for people who prefer not to walk the road less traveled by. But the Crystal Highway guards a secret: since the 1960s, people have been found dead or gone missing along that road. Not only...

Duration:00:56:16

Episode 59 - The Crystal Highway Murders Part 1

7/22/2019
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Just off the well-beaten track of eastern central Queensland lies the remains of an old highway, one that stretches from the towns of Mackay to Rockhampton. The Old Bruce Highway, as it's officially known, is an easy sightseeing route for families looking to relive the old 1950s and 60s road trips, or for people who prefer not to walk the road less traveled by. But the Crystal Highway guards a secret: since the 1960s, people have been found dead or gone missing along that road. Not only...

Duration:01:00:03

Episode 58 - Wailing at Wilga Waterhole

7/14/2019
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In the north of Queensland, there is a body of water haunted by a pack of demons. When they rise, during the early hours of the morning, their cries are loud enough to break eardrums. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the Wilga Waterhole, and the recorded encounters with the Wailer... Main Theme music – Kevin MacLeod "Slow Ticking Clock" – Kevin MacLeod Used under a Creative Commons license.

Duration:00:40:54