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Melbourne, VIC

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Broadcasting a diverse range of archival and contemporary recorded interviews, this show illuminates the shifts and changes in Australian society over time. It features the life stories of ordinary Australians and of individuals in the public eye. It looks to the past, and offers a journey into history through memory and experience.

Language:

English


Episodes

Norman May

1/23/2012
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Veteran sports journalist Norman May first took to the airwaves in 1957, right in the middle of Australia's golden years and right at the beginning of television. In this week's Verbatim, he describes how early sports telecasters made do without the benefit of satellites, videos or instant replays and looks back on some of the highlights of a long and dedicated career.

Duration: 00:24:23


Oriel Gray

1/16/2012
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The late playwright Oriel Gray (1920 -2003) was a bright star in the radical literary and political milieu which emerged in Sydney in the 1930s. She began her long career writing political revues and plays for the New Theatre, whose origins lay within the Communist Party of Australia.

Duration: 00:24:25


Peter Blyth

1/9/2012
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Peter Blyth came to Australia in 1957, leaving behind the privations of post-war England and a violent father. His migration was sponsored by the Big Brother Movement, who sent him to a farm school in Liverpool, New South Wales, so that he could 'acclimatise' to Australian conditions. But he eventually found his way to the WA Goldfields, working underground to finance the dream he'd long held -- to one day run his own farm.

Duration: 00:24:26


Sisto and the story of Pellegrini's

1/2/2012
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Melbourne is a city which takes cafés and coffee drinking seriously. One of the oldest and most popular cafés is Pellegrini's, which claims to have been the first establishment to serve espresso coffee in the proper way. For the last thirty years, owner Sisto Malaspina has been upholding the Pellegrini's tradition, and keeping its loyal customers happy.

Duration: 00:24:26


Margaret Brink

12/26/2011
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Margaret Brink was born in South Africa to an Australian father who went there to fight in the Boer War and stayed on. She was raised playing and eating at the same table as black children, a very unusual childhood for a white South African. This gave her an enduring sense that apartheid was wrong and she fought against it all her life.

Duration: 00:24:28


Jean Carroll

12/19/2011
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Jean Carroll has had a lifetime's love affair with hats. She began as an apprentice in the late 1930s and, now in her 80s, she's still crafting hats for stage and film. Jean is known as one of Australia's finest milliners.

Duration: 00:24:27


Bill Skinner's Bicycle

12/12/2011
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Bill Skinner has had an obsession with wheels all his long life. The power of the engine doesn't matter; whether it's trucks, bicycles or 2CV Citroens, he's travelled Australia from end to end on all of them.

Duration: 00:24:27


Bob Randall

12/5/2011
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On Verbatim this month, memories of Aboriginal Australia. We begin this week with a life of extremes -- the story of teacher, musician and storyteller Bob Randall. Bob is best known as the composer of 'Brown Skin Baby', one of the earliest anthems for the stolen generations, which was based on his own life as the half-caste son of a Pitjantjatjara woman and a white station-owner.

Duration: 00:24:25


Don Mackenzie

11/28/2011
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Born in 1915 in the then unspoilt riverside suburbs of Perth, Don Mackenzie grew up surrounded by water and boats. He learned to build them and in 1947 set up a fishing and tourist enterprise in the then isolated south coastal town of Esperance. He has since worked in both the whaling industry and the exploration of the Esperance Archipelago.

Duration: 00:24:27


An Artist's Wife: Life with Carl Plate

11/21/2011
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'I advise no girl to marry an artist who hasn't been an artist herself... otherwise you cannot credit the focus an artist has on his own work. You've got to accept this, otherwise there'll be nothing but confusion and resentment.'

Duration: 00:24:26


Helen Gee

11/14/2011
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Helen Gee is one of Tasmania's leading conservationists. Her life as an activist began when she was still a schoolgirl during the campaign to save Lake Pedder. A founding member of the Wilderness Society, Helen has been involved with most of the major environmental campaigns in her home state. She has edited three books, one called The South West Book, one called For the Forests and, most recently, River of Verse, an anthology of Tasmanian poetry.

Duration: 00:24:26


Yami Lester

11/7/2011
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In the mid 1950s Yami Lester was a young boy, when he saw a thick black cloud appearing above his tribal country in Central Australia. He was witnessing the impacts of the British Atomic Testing that took place at Maralinga. Yami Lester remembers this time, and the legacies of the tests upon himself and his people.

Duration: 00:24:27