Rum, Rebels & Ratbags
By ABC Radio
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Rum, Rebels & Ratbags is history not for the faint-hearted. Historian and author of 'Girt' David Hunt and ABC Radio Sydney's Dom Knight uncover the characters and events left out of your high school history class.
||CleanMothers of a nation||Women in the convict colony initially had a hard life, but for many New South Wales presented undreamed of opportunities. They had a greater say in relationships, property, business and government policy than back in Britain, so it is no surprise Austra||23 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet's call it Macquarie||Lachlan Macquarie was a hard drinking, penny pinching Scottish army officer with syphilis and an impressive history of financial fraud. Yet he became the colony’s most successful governor, erecting new towns and buildings, integrating ex-convicts into||22 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Bounty bastard||William Bligh was an incredible navigator, breadfruit fancier, coconut hoarder, reforming governor and utter bastard. The mutiny prone swear-bear was brought down in Australia’s only military coup by John Macarthur and the Rum Corps, who finished off||21 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe man who bought Australia||John Macarthur, a.k.a. Bodice Jack, had two favourite things: alcohol and money, both of which came in brown paper bags. Macarthur and the New South Wales Rum Corps ran dodgy land deals, intimidated government officials, stole from the public purse and||20 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBass Straight?||There are more statues of Matthew Flinders in Australia than of any other man. And there are more statues of his cat, Trim, than of any other cat. Flinders circumnavigated and named Australia, discovered that Tasmania was an island, and spent a lot of t||19 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Eora ambassador and the rainbow warrior||Australia's Indigenous people dealt with the white ghosts from across the sea in different ways. Bennelong pursued a path of accommodation and was the first Indigenous man to visit England, whilst the warrior Pemulwuy, dressed in his Amazing Technicolor||18 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaked and starving||New South Wales' first governor, Arthur Phillip, dreamed of an antipodean utopia. Instead he founded Sydney, a town full of drunk, starving and naked criminals.||17 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTea, taxation, criminals and cannabis||Did you know the colony of Australia only came about because of tea, taxation, criminals ... and cannabis?! And, find out how a Cockney hypochondriac whaler ended up as the first Governor of NSW.||16 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAustralia's worst serial killer||More than 140 years before Captain Cook sighted the Australian coast, Dutch merchant Jeronimus Cornelisz murdered over 120 shipwreck survivors off the coast of WA in a killing spree that makes Lord of the Flies look like Mary Poppins.||15 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSir Joseph Banks, the playboy botanist||Australians might know Banks as 'that plant guy’ but he was actually a wealthy playboy who inspired Star Trek and discovered surfing. Captain Cook just steered the ship for Banks and his groupies.||14 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
My favourite new podcast - just not for little ears! David Hunt tells the most amazing little-known tales in such an approachable way, and Dom Knight is the perfect host for Hunt to bounce off, asking intelligent questions and jumping in with witty quips. Love it!
These two blokes present Australian history in an approachable, entertaining and funny way. Definitely worth a listen!
Great content, offensive hosts
I was really excited about a good Aussie history podcast... Instead I got classic white male privilege podcast. And to be honest it's only when they try to be funny they fall into offensive offhand comments. Whether laughing about explorers "regularly violating the prime directive" or their salacious voiceover when recounting Banks' sexual exploits. "Steamy!" The constant casual racism towards the Dutch and sexism got a little too much for me after halfway through the second episode so I tuned out. Which is truly a shame because the content is absolutely fantastic.
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