Australian Histories Podcast
Ep 28 The Dingo Fence: Australian History

Ep 28 The Dingo Fence: Australian History

October 25, 2019

Australia has a number of massive continuous barrier fences, built by farmers and pastorlists  from the late 1800's, to try and control the movement of native and introduced pests that were threatening their land and stock.

We’re going to look at the development & operation of the massive Dingo Fence, the longest wild dog exclusion barrier, now running as a continuous line across 3 states, over more than 5400 kilometres (3350 miles).                        (52 mins)

 

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Ep 27 Convicts and Cascades Pt 2: Australian History

Ep 27 Convicts and Cascades Pt 2: Australian History

September 24, 2019

We’re continuing our look at the convict era, in particular, the experiences of women convicts who passed through the Cascades Female Factory, in Hobart, Tasmania.

After serving their sentences, many became successful members of their communities, and they are representative of the convict women who can be regarded as the literal mothers of the early Anglo-Australian society here.

(58 mins)

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Ep 26 Convicts and Cascades Pt 1: Australian History

Ep 26 Convicts and Cascades Pt 1: Australian History

August 30, 2019

We’re going to look at the female convicts who passed through the Cascades Female Factory, in Hobart, Tasmania, and reflect on the different experience the women convicts may have had, to those of the male convicts.

There are both harrowing and hilarious stories to be told about the institution and it’s inmates.  So we’ll focus on the women in that institution in particular, as an example of experiences that might have been familiar to most convict women who were sent out to Australia. 

(54 mins)

 

 

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Ep 25 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 5: Australian History

Ep 25 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 5: Australian History

July 26, 2019

Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition concluded, and the last of the expeditioners arrived back in Adelaide in February, 1914.  A lot had happened, both on the frozen continent and across the world, in the years they had been away.  We wrap up the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration” in this episode, by reflecting on the AAE, on Mawson’s ongoing relationship with the Antarctic, and Australia’s connection to Antarctica. 

We’ll also just touch on the outcome of Scott and Amundsen’s attempts on the pole, which took place while Mawson was in the Antarctic, and just for interest, also discuss Shackleton’s return journey, which pretty much brought the Age to a close.

(54 Mins)

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Ep 24 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 4: Australian History

Ep 24 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 4: Australian History

June 28, 2019

Douglas Mawson’s expedition was well underway, and the teams from the Cape Denison base had returned, after completing their various research programs. 

All except Mawson and his team.  They had undertaken the most ambitious and distant trek, and were now overdue. 

We turn our attention to the trek Mawson, Ninnis & Mertz undertook for the AAE. 

(48 mins)

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Ep 23 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 3: Australian History

Ep 23 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 3: Australian History

May 31, 2019

After returning from Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition and despite rejecting any idea of returning to Antarctica, the trauma of his polar trekking faded and Douglas Mawson began to consider all the exploration & discovery that still lay waiting there. 

He set about planning the “Australasian Antarctic Expedition”, to undertake an ambitious scientific & survey program for Australia & the Empire.  This time though, the harsh elements would extract a greater cost for giving up it’s secrets.

(51 Mins)

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Ep 22 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Part 2: Australian History

Ep 22 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Part 2: Australian History

April 26, 2019

Douglas Mawson, who would later become the leader of Australia’s first Antarctic expedition, undertook his first trip to Antarctica as part of Ernest Shackleton’s “Nimrod Expedition”,  1908.  Though he was young and this was his first foray in to the icy territory, his obvious intelligence, robust constitution and leadership skills, marked him out early for momentous work, and he was tasked with joining teams to explore Mt Erebus and to locate the Magnetic South Pole.

The following episode will then focus on Mawson’s leadership of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition itself.

(52 Mins)

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Ep 21 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Part 1: Australian History

Ep 21 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Part 1: Australian History

March 22, 2019

Australia’s first formal expedition to Antarctica in 1911, the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was led by Douglas Mawson, a geologist from Adelaide University.  This episode we’ll look at what brought Mawson to the Antarctic, and at the earlier British expeditions that helped scaffold Mawson’s later venture. 

The following episodes will focus on Mawson’s first trip South with Shackleton and then look in detail at the Australasian Antarctic Expedition itself.

(50 Mins)

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Ep 20 Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge: Australian History

Ep 20 Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge: Australian History

February 22, 2019

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge: After a surprisingly long gestation, it’s path to construction threads through the history, of growth & colonial settlement in Sydney, including the political machinations at state, federal and even international levels.   

And that’s before we even consider the working of more than 6 million rivets into the impressive steel structure, now recognisable as a beautiful work of engineering, which Crocodile Dundee spent his early life painting!

(60 mins)

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Ep 19 Platypus Controversy: Australian History

Ep 19 Platypus Controversy: Australian History

January 25, 2019

We're retelling the story of the first encounters of the new British arrivals, in Australia in the 1780s onwards, with our wonderful Platypus, the kerfuffle caused when Platypus specimens were sent back to Europe, and we’ll be reminded of the Platypuses’ place in the development of Darwin’s theory, and of our World War 2 relations with the England.

(45 mins)

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