Australian Histories Podcast
Ep 62 Buckley & Wathawurrung Pt 1: Australian History

Ep 62 Buckley & Wathawurrung Pt 1: Australian History

November 12, 2022

William Buckley was an escaped convict who lived amongst the Wathawurrung people for more than 30 years.  Adopted as Murrangurk, he had the opportunity to participate in, witness and later record some of the lifestyle and cultural practices of these First Nations people, at a time before they had substantial contact with colonial newcomers, when their way of life was altered. 

Buckley's story is an exceptional one and we begin in Part 1 by learning how he found himself on this side of the world and living amongst the Wuthawurrung.

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Ep 60 Alexander Pearce - Cannibal Pt 3: Australian History

Ep 60 Alexander Pearce - Cannibal Pt 3: Australian History

July 3, 2022

In this final episode on Alexander Pearce we hear about his second escape attempt from Macquarie Harbour, with fellow convict Thomas Cox.  They planned a less difficult route for their escape but again, their scheme didn't proceed as they had planned. 

This time the authorities took the situation more seriously and we learn how it all ended for Cox & Pearce.

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Ep 59 Alexander Pearce - Cannibal Pt 2: Australian History

Ep 59 Alexander Pearce - Cannibal Pt 2: Australian History

June 8, 2022

We continue the story of Alexander Pearce as he and his fellow convicts continue their escape from Port Macquarie.  They have found themselves in the wild west country, exhausted mentally & physically, and starving with no provisions remaining.  Talk turns to cannibalism, and the horror soon begins....

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Ep 58 Alexander Pearce - Cannibal Pt1: Australian History

Ep 58 Alexander Pearce - Cannibal Pt1: Australian History

May 9, 2022

Alexander Pearce was one of our more notorious convicts, and one of very few convict escapees from Macquarie Harbour, who survived attempting to reach the settled districts.   As the last man standing from the eight that absconded together, his survival was only possible because he resorted to cannibalism.

In Part 1 we look at his background, and what lead him to be shipped to Sarah Island, a place of harsh secondary punishment, attempting an unlikely escape.  We consider the terrain and conditions they had to face and consider his fellow escapees.

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.

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