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Australian History: Brilliant stories from Australia's past!

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Australian History: Brilliant stories from Australia's past!

    Ep 42 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 5 - Completion: Australian History

    Ep 42 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 5 - Completion: Australian History

    This episode concludes the series exploring the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme; the vast hydro electric, and irrigation project, that began in 1949 and was under construction for 25 years. 
    As well as providing much needed electricity  and irrigation water to a soon to be booming Australia, the international workforce helped usher in the era of Multiculturalism, and the project developed engineering expertise and pride, at a time of great optimism in Australia.
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    Ep 41 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 4 - Working environments & safety: Australian History

    Ep 41 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 4 - Working environments & safety: Australian History

    Today we turn our attention the workers' arrangements.  At the peak of construction, over 1959/60, there were 7300 people employed on the project.  So that’s a lot of people to keep fed & watered, and entertained. 
    But it was hard and sometimes dangerous work, so we consider some of the human costs on the project too.
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    • 55 min
    Ep 40 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 3 - Contractors & townships: Australian History

    Ep 40 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 3 - Contractors & townships: Australian History

    The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme began construction at Guthega, with a Norwegian contractor, and before too long, power was being delivered to the people. 
    Workers and families got used to the new environment and the working conditions as the construction projects multiplied across the project sites, while others had to get used to their relocated townships. 
    (60 mins)
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    Ep 39 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 2 - Getting Land & Workers: Australian History

    Ep 39 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 2 - Getting Land & Workers: Australian History

    The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was underway.  Now they Authority had to acquire  the land across the Alps, and recruit a workforce, to survey, plan and construct the many parts of the project; not an easy thing to do in booming post war Australia. 
    Part 2 gives an overview of the recruitment of workers, the majority coming from various worker schemes and displaced persons camps in Europe.  And we learn about the arrangements for compensating and moving the existing landholders to make way for the Snowy Scheme.
    (47 mins)
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    • 46 min
    Ep 38 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 1 - Inception: Australian History

    Ep 38 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 1 - Inception: Australian History

    The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, took nearly 30 years to complete in the post war period, and was an astounding engineering feat.  It remains one of the “engineering wonders of the world”.  It created thousands of jobs and drove the development of increased home-grown Engineering expertise in large civil projects.
    Not without social & environmental costs of course, it brought with it some amazing practical power & water supply developments, and lead the country in embracing varied and valuable cultural influences, from it’s international, often refugee, workforce, recruited in the optimistic and welcoming post war Australia.  It’s a great story, and all these drivers and outcomes deserve a bit of reflection.   Today's episode will discuss the background and inception of the massive project.
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    • 39 min
    Ep 37 Lady Jane Franklin - Explorer: Australian History

    Ep 37 Lady Jane Franklin - Explorer: Australian History

    Lady Jane Franklin was an unusual woman.  In the late 1830s, as the wife of Van Diemen's Land Governor Sir John Franklin, she took the opportunity to explore the new settlements and wilds of Tasmania, undertook an overland trek from Melbourne to Sydney, astounding the public with her drive & resilience. One source suggested, her “unfeminine curiosity” lead her to investigate many places where European women had not previously ventured.
    She was instrumental in setting up scientific societies and publications, and promoted the development of Hobart as the cultural hub of the colonies, at a time when it was previously only associated with it's convict history.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

Ljst017 ,

Great and easy listening with a few laughs

I work onboard a large 200ft yacht and spend a lot of time underway on watch and standing on passerelle duty and these podcasts have helped pass numerous hours. I’ve never really gotten into podcasts but I’ve stumbled across a gem here. Love the fact there’s several episodes to keep you going and so much detail! Very well researched. Highly recommend it!

Danny842003 ,

Learning about my new country.

I’ve found this podcast to be very informative and well researched, I think it’s important to learn about my adopted home as a new Australian.
My wife’s parents were refugees here and she feels she never learnt enough about Australia because of this and we want to be able to share the nations history with our children.

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Would recommend

Wish she’d knock off the climate change whinging though.

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