Australian Histories Podcast
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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Ep 40 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 3 - Contractors & townships: Australian History

Ep 40 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 3 - Contractors & townships: Australian History

August 24, 2020

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme began construction at Guthega, with a Norwegian contractor, and before too long, power was being delivered to the people. 

Workers and families got used to the new environment and the working conditions as the construction projects multiplied across the project sites, while others had to get used to their relocated townships. 

(60 mins)

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Ep 39 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 2 - Getting Land & Workers: Australian History

Ep 39 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 2 - Getting Land & Workers: Australian History

August 6, 2020

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was underway.  Now they Authority had to acquire  the land across the Alps, and recruit a workforce, to survey, plan and construct the many parts of the project; not an easy thing to do in booming post war Australia. 

Part 2 gives an overview of the recruitment of workers, the majority coming from various worker schemes and displaced persons camps in Europe.  And we learn about the arrangements for compensating and moving the existing landholders to make way for the Snowy Scheme.

(47 mins)

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Ep 38 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 1 - Inception:  Australian History

Ep 38 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 1 - Inception: Australian History

June 29, 2020

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, took nearly 30 years to complete in the post war period, and was an astounding engineering feat.  It remains one of the “engineering wonders of the world”.  It created thousands of jobs and drove the development of increased home-grown Engineering expertise in large civil projects.

Not without social & environmental costs of course, it brought with it some amazing practical power & water supply developments, and lead the country in embracing varied and valuable cultural influences, from it’s international, often refugee, workforce, recruited in the optimistic and welcoming post war Australia.  It’s a great story, and all these drivers and outcomes deserve a bit of reflection.   Today's episode will discuss the background and inception of the massive project.

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Ep 37 Lady Jane Franklin - Explorer: Australian History

Ep 37 Lady Jane Franklin - Explorer: Australian History

June 1, 2020

Lady Jane Franklin was an unusual woman.  In the late 1830s, as the wife of Van Diemen's Land Governor Sir John Franklin, she took the opportunity to explore the new settlements and wilds of Tasmania, undertook an overland trek from Melbourne to Sydney, astounding the public with her drive & resilience. One source suggested, her “unfeminine curiosity” lead her to investigate many places where European women had not previously ventured.

She was instrumental in setting up scientific societies and publications, and promoted the development of Hobart as the cultural hub of the colonies, at a time when it was previously only associated with it's convict history.

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Ep 36 Jandamarra: the Bunuba Warrior Pt 2: Australian History

Ep 36 Jandamarra: the Bunuba Warrior Pt 2: Australian History

April 27, 2020

PART 2:  Jandamarra was a Bunuba man, from the Kimberly region in Western Australia, who has been called both an outlaw and a hero.  It’s a story of conflict between the indigenous peoples, and the new comers to Australia; a chapter in what we more lately call the Frontier Wars. 

In the late 1880s Jandamarra lead his people in resisting the takeover of their lands, at a time when stockholders wished to bring sheep & cattle into the Kimberly.  It is a confronting story, but one very important for both original and newer Australians to understand and consider. 

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Ep 35 Jandamarra: the Bunuba Warrior Pt 1: Australian History

Ep 35 Jandamarra: the Bunuba Warrior Pt 1: Australian History

April 27, 2020

Jandamarra was a Bunuba man, from the Kimberly region in Western Australia, who has been called both an outlaw and a hero.  It’s a story of conflict between the indigenous peoples, and the new comers to Australia; a chapter in what we more lately call the Frontier Wars. 

In the late 1880s Jandamarra lead his people in resisting the takeover of their lands, at a time when stockholders wished to bring sheep & cattle into the Kimberly.  It is a confronting story, but one very important for both original and newer Australians to understand and consider. 

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Ep 34 The Great Emu War: Australian History

Ep 34 The Great Emu War: Australian History

March 30, 2020

In the early 1930s the post WW1 Soldier Settlers in Western Australia were doing it hard, trying to make a living growing wheat in a tough economic climate. 

When the native Emus descended on their crops on mass, they called on the Commonwealth Minister of Defense to come to their rescue.  And so began the Emu War in the west.....

 (45 mins)

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