Australian Histories Podcast
Ep 56 Great Ocean Road Memorial: Australian History

Ep 56 Great Ocean Road Memorial: Australian History

January 11, 2022

The 'Great Ocean Road' is it one of Victoria’s, indeed Australia’s, most well known international tourist attractions, and a favoured coastal town drive for locals, dotted as it is with beautiful surf & swimming beaches, but you may be surprised to know, the road itself constitutes Australia’s longest War Memorial. This episode we talk about how the construction came about.

The Great Ocean Road’s heritage listing states, it was “Constructed by workers including around 3000 returned servicemen, as a utilitarian memorial….     The Great Ocean Road is a significant reminder of the participation of Australian servicemen in the First World War, the Australian community's appreciation of their service, and the support provided for the continuing welfare of servicemen upon returning to Australia.” It's also a beloved destination for surfers, fishers, and those who just enjoy native Australian landscapes and beautiful coastal vistas.

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Ep 55 Bligh & the Rum Rebellion - Part 4 - Final: Australian History

Ep 55 Bligh & the Rum Rebellion - Part 4 - Final: Australian History

December 10, 2021

This episode is the final in the Bligh-Rum Rebellion series, and we take a closer look at how the day developed, how the arrest of Bligh unfolded at Government House, and what followed on from the revolt by the New South Wales ‘Rum’ Corp. 

The British Government was slow to act, but inquiries were made, and the protagonists were expected to stand trial for mutiny, so we take a look at how that all proceeded too.

(75 mins)

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.

(61 mins)

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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.

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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)

 

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