Australian Histories Podcast
Ep 54 Bligh & the Rum Rebellion - Part 3: Australian History

Ep 54 Bligh & the Rum Rebellion - Part 3: Australian History

October 23, 2021

We reflect on the reforms Bligh had introduced and note the rising aggravation amongst the 'trading group', who were beginning to lose some of their previous dodgy income streams and privileged arrangements.  Many were challenging Bligh's authority, particularity through the courts and with appeals directly to England, and as tensions escalate, we begin to see the path to rebellion opening up.  Macarthur and his friend George Johnston, commander of the New South Wales 'Rum' Corp, are stirred to action.

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Ep 53 Bligh & the Rum Rebellion - Part 2: Australian History

Ep 53 Bligh & the Rum Rebellion - Part 2: Australian History

September 13, 2021

This episode looks at William Bligh's background and his reputation as a Naval Captain.  He had some very difficult tasks ahead of him as Governor of the troubled NSW colony, and we need to consider if he had the requisite personality and abilities to introduce the reforms required. 

The English were already aware there was a lot of resistance to the changes required, mainly from the members, ex-members and cronies of the NSW Corp, and Bligh was likely chosen for his tenacity.  So we look at how he was initially received by the influential people in the colony, by the struggling settlers and farmers, and how he began his Governorship in NSW.

Ep 52 Bligh & the Rum Rebellion - Part 1: Australian History

Ep 52 Bligh & the Rum Rebellion - Part 1: Australian History

August 2, 2021

William Bligh, the very same Captain probably best known for the mutiny on the Bounty, was to be recruited in his later life, as the Governor of the Colony of New South Wales. But it seems his days of attracting mutinous behaviour were not over.  Bligh would find himself again at the mercy of military men who felt they could do a better job.

So we’ll talk in this series, about the New South Wales Corp – otherwise known as the Rum Corp, the Governors managing them, and the episode that we sometimes call the Rum Rebellion.

This episode - Part 1 - we'll begin by considering the state of NSW during these years, and the lead up to Bligh’s arrival to take up the Governor's post.

(55 mins)

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Ep 51 Australian Rules Football: Australian History

Ep 51 Australian Rules Football: Australian History

June 20, 2021

Australian Rules Football and the earliest clubs formed to compete, are said to be the oldest established football clubs in the world.  Started in the late 1850s, initially based loosely on the Rugby School game, within 20 years it had evolved to become the basis of Australia’s very own, different & distinctive code; Aussie Rules Footy. 

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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)

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