By Forgotten Australia
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From the desperate struggle against Spanish Flu in Sydney and the weekend Melbourne was ruled by anarchic mobs, to Brisbane's most puzzling murder mystery and the Lord Howe Islander who tried to save passengers on the Titanic, each episode of Forgotten Australia brings you an incredible true story that you didn't learn in history class.
||CleanEpisode 9 – Australia’s Killer Politician||Elected to state and federal parliament, Thomas Ley’s career in 1920s politics was marked by hypocrisy, corruption, ruthless manipulation and the lingering suspicion that he may have killed his rivals. The worst fears of his critics were confirmed in||6 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 – The Tantanoola Tiger||Australians are no strangers to big cat stories, but only one mystery resulted in the capture of not one but two monsters. In the early 1890s, witnesses claimed to have seen a tiger in the Tantanoola region of South Australia and graziers often found t.||28 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 – The Parramatta River Murders||In March 1872 Australians were shocked by one of the most cold-blooded murders the colonies had ever seen. The nightmare began with the discovery of a badly decomposed body that had been weighed down with a heavy stone in the Parramatta River.||19 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 – Australia’s Titanic Hero: Part Two||With Titanic sinking in the early hours of 15 April 1912, boatswain Albert Nichols has to muster his men and make ready the lifeboats. Around 1am, it’s claimed, he was given a dangerous mission that, if successful, would save many more lives.||10 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 – Australia’s Titanic Hero: Part One||Albert Nichols was born in 1864 on remote Lord Howe Island. After a public scandal that saw him pitted against his parents, Albert fled to Sydney before working his way to London as a seaman. There he established a successful career with the White Star.||10 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 – The Comic Book Killer||From 1946 Sydney’s Leonard Lawson was a hero to kids for creating the comic book The Lone Avenger. But in reality the young artist was a psychopathic villain responsible for crimes far more terrible than anything in his stories.||18 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 – The Mystery of Marjorie Norval||It was the Teacher’s Pet-style mystery that gripped Australia 80 years ago. Brisbane socialite Marjorie Norval disappeared in November 1938 under bizarre circumstances, sparking the biggest search in Queensland’s history.||12 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 – The Botanic Gardens Massacre||While the random mass shooting that inspires a further murder spree seems a very modern and very American phenomenon, the first such outrage happened nearly a century ago in Australia. Melbourne’s 1924 Botanic Gardens Massacre saw the public turn para||4 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 – When Melbourne Went Mad||Most cops are on strike. The few loyalist police left on duty risk life and limb because tens of thousands of citizens are crowding the streets and the mood is turning darker as fists and bottles fly. When the last cops defect or retreat just after dar.||28 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 – Sister Annie, Sydney and The Spanish Flu||A century ago, a world already at war faced its worst-ever natural disaster: Spanish Flu. But in late 1918, this plague, which would claim as many as 100 million lives, was yet to infect Australia, with Sydney’s North Head Quarantine Station becoming||10 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Fantastic, professionally made and narrated
I was half expecting an amateur production that would let me down, instead what I heard was a professionally narrated and scripted production on par with Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History.
This came as a recommendation from a fellow TC fan, and I love it! Very well narrated, I often feel like I’m right there watching the story unfold. Well done, keep up the great work!
This podcast is so well produced and contains some truly fascinating nuggets from Australia's history. Well worth a listen