Australian Histories Podcast
Ep 50 WW2 Salvage Operation: Australian History

Ep 50 WW2 Salvage Operation: Australian History

April 30, 2021

Early in World War 2, German Raiders were laying sea mines around Australian & New Zealand coastal waters. 

Here we tell the story of one ship that was sunk by those mines, and the exceptional salvage operation that was undertaken to recover precious cargo that had gone down with the ship.

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Ep 49 Convict Mutineers - Part 2: Australian History

Ep 49 Convict Mutineers - Part 2: Australian History

March 31, 2021

In Part 2 we will follow William Swallow and his fellow mutineer convicts on the commandeered ship, the Cyprus. 

Swallow and his men were delighted to be heading into the Pacific, away from the dreaded Macquarie Harbour, and his sailing skills were put to the test as they made their way across the ocean.  But they ran in to unexpected trouble around the Japanese coast.

(60 mins)

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Ep 48 Convict Mutineers - Part 1: Australian History

Ep 48 Convict Mutineers - Part 1: Australian History

February 26, 2021

In part one of Convict Mutineers, we learn about a felon who just could not bear the idea of a life in exile, willing to take all necessary risks to try to return to England.  And his efforts were extraordinary. 

I think you will enjoy hearing about this Houdini like convict, a man the authorities had trouble keeping hold of.  Today we look at what brought him to Van Diemen's Land, and how he created opportunities to try and escape the penal servitude there.

(60 mins)

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Ep 47 Final Readings - Henry Lawson EXTRA: Australian History

Ep 47 Final Readings - Henry Lawson EXTRA: Australian History

February 12, 2021

As an appendix to Episode 44, Henry Lawson, today's episode presents two final readings, two more humorous offerings.  We read a Banjo Paterson poem, called 'The Man from Ironbark' which I mentioned in Ep 44, and then a short story by Henry Lawson, titled 'The Loaded Dog'.

(23 mins)

 

Ep 46 Debate Poems - Henry Lawson EXTRA: Australian History

Ep 46 Debate Poems - Henry Lawson EXTRA: Australian History

January 29, 2021

This episode is an appendix to Episode 44- Henry Lawson.  We read poems that contributed to the 'Bulletin Debate', discussed in the earlier episode.  We include Banjo Paterson's 'Clancy of the Overflow', 'In Defense of the Bush' & 'An answer to various Bards', as well as Henry Lawson's 'Up the Country' & 'The City Bushman'.

(26 mins)

Ep 45 Drovers Wife - Henry Lawson EXTRA: Australian History

Ep 45 Drovers Wife - Henry Lawson EXTRA: Australian History

January 21, 2021

Following Ep 44 on Henry Lawson, this episode will be a reading of Henry Lawson's short story (or sketch), The Drover's Wife, published in the Bulletin, July 1892.  Please listen to Ep 44 first, for the life & times of Henry Lawson.

(20 mins)

Ep 44 Henry Lawson: Australian History

Ep 44 Henry Lawson: Australian History

December 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)

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Ep 43 Shipwreck & first contact: Australian History

Ep 43 Shipwreck & first contact: Australian History

November 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 journey.

(70 mins)

 

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

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

October 26, 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)

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

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

September 28, 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)

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