Australian Histories Podcast
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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Ep 18 Kellys: Kellys End: Australian History

Ep 18 Kellys: Kellys End: Australian History

December 24, 2018

Ned Kelly, the only surviving member of the Kelly Gang, was tried and found guilty of murdering the police at Stringybark Creek.  His young life draws to a close and we look at the aftermath of the Kelly Outbreak for the people of Victoria, the Kellys and some of the other families involved.  

We wrap up the Kelly saga by looking at the ongoing cultural influence of Ned, the Gang, and their place in the Australian story.  

(54 mins)

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Ep 17 Kellys: Neds Trial: Australian History

Ep 17 Kellys: Neds Trial: Australian History

December 14, 2018

Three of the Kelly Gang died at the Glenrowan siege. Ned was captured and taken to Melbourne to stand trial.  Victoria sees the end of the “Kelly Outbreak”, but there are still many questions the public want answered.

We continue the exploration of Ned Kelly & the notorious Kelly Gang, from Victoria, 1878-80.

(64 mins)

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Ep 16 Kellys: Glenrowan Pt 2: Australian History

Ep 16 Kellys: Glenrowan Pt 2: Australian History

November 30, 2018

The Kelly Gang “declared war” in the Jerilderie Letter, and set themselves up for an armed and armoured confrontation with the authorities at Glenrowan, in Victoria’s North East.  Plans did not progress as expected and after a 31 hour wait, the gang must instead confront large numbers of heavily armed police. 

We continue the exploration of Ned Kelly & the notorious Kelly Gang, from Victoria, in the 1870’s. From the Bushranger theme.

(70 mins)

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Ep 15 Kellys: Glenrowan Pt 1: Australian History

Ep 15 Kellys: Glenrowan Pt 1: Australian History

November 16, 2018

The Kelly Gang “declared war” in the Jerilderie Letter, should Ellen & the others not be released.  Now they prepare themselves for the inevitable violent confrontation with Police and with the Colony of Victoria. 

We continue the exploration of Ned Kelly & the notorious Kelly Gang, bushrangers operating mainly in North East of Victoria, in the 1870’s.     (60 mins)

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