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From alleyway gangsters to cold war spies to eccentric entrepreneurs, Australian history is full of colourful but forgotten characters. Host Jen Kelly talks with experts, historians and yarn spinners to uncover the untold stories of some of our most interesting and offbeat ancestors. Produced by Jonty Burton and Andrea Thiis-Evensen.
 
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This summer, we have put together a four part series of some of our most engaging episodes so far, and the final episode looks at amazing women in history. You will hear about Eliza Batman, the wireless pioneer Violet McKenzie, and a revolutionary all female garage. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
This summer, we have put together a four part series of some of our most engaging episodes so far, and the third episode looks at war heroes. You will hear the story of Sister Vivian Bullwinkel who was caught in one of the worst massacres of World War II, Horrie the War Dog, and the Aussie pilot who saved stricken kids after a U-Boat attack. See om…
 
This summer, we have put together a four part series of some of our favourite episodes so far, and the second episode looks at serial killers. You will hear about The Brownout Strangler, the Schoolgirl Strangler who terrorised Melbourne and Frederick Deeming who many say could have been Jack the Ripper. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy infor…
 
We have put together a four part series of some of our favourite episodes so far, and the first episode looks at spies. You will first hear about Nancy Weir, a piano prodigy who wowed the crowd in the early years of Melbourne radio. Then, the story of the dramatic defection of two Soviet spies in Australia made worldwide headlines in 1954. And fina…
 
Spiritualism - a belief system centred on seances - took the world by storm in the mid 1800s, thanks in part to Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary. But in Melbourne, a spiritualist leader named William Terry was captivating the crowds and influencing his own political protege. Author David Hunt joins the show with more. Find more about David at: https://…
 
In Victorian era Sydney, it wouldn't do to be seen to be bathing on the beaches. Until one cop swept away the wowsers' worries. Historian and author Jim Haynes joins the show with more. Get more features and more at https://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw Get more information about Jim Haynes at: http://www.jimhaynes.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for p…
 
When a young jockey named Joan Richmond was banned from racing horses in Melbourne, she swapped out her silks for a steering wheel. Writer John Smailes tells her story. Like the show? Go to http://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw for more. Get more information about the book at: http://johnsmailes.com.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
In honor of the race that stops the nation, we went into the vault and picked the tale of the youngest jockey ever to win the Melbourne Cup - a “little freckled lad” from a township near Geelong who was only 11 years old. Like the show? Go to http://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw for more See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Author Graham Addison returns to the show to continue the history of the Aussie rich kids who went on a quest to find one of the world's most famous treasures. More at: https://grahamaddison.com/ Like the show? Get backgrounders and more at http://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Author Graham Addison recounts a swashbuckling tale of Aussie thrillseekers, secret codes hidden in the Bible, aristocrats, psychics, bribery, gun-running, riots, and a deadly curse. This is the first in a two part series on the real life raiders of the lost ark. More at: https://grahamaddison.com/ Like the show? Get backgrounders and more at http:…
 
As young Aussie men fought in the trenches of WW1, a rural Queensland pastor found his war was closer to home.Christian Seybold was accused of preaching pro-German sentiment and found himself a virtual prisoner of war in his own country.Like the show? Read more at https://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
WWII squadron leader John Jackson was needlessly killed in what author Michael Veitch calls one of the most tragic stories of the RAAF’s 100-year history. Read more tales of adventure at https://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw More about Michael Veitch at: https://www.hachette.com.au/michael-veitch/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Author Michael Veitch joins the show to tell Jen the remarkable story of John Jackson, a WW2 flyboy who survived being shot down, only to find himself stuck behind enemy lines in New Guinea. Read more tales of adventure at https://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw More about Michael Veitch at: https://www.hachette.com.au/michael-veitch/ See omnystudio.com/list…
 
Over 40 years ago, in the golden age of racing, a punter named Kev Cain reached in his pocket and placed a $6 bet. By the end of the day he was sitting on $86000. This is the story of one of Australia's luckiest streaks. Like the show? Go to https://www.heraldsun.com.au/ibaw for more Get more info about Andrew Rule's book at: https://www.panmacmill…
 
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