Backyard Battlefields is a military history program which explores historical sites throughout Australia and beyond. Backyard Battlefields gives Australia’s military history a context by explaining its significance within the grander narrative of world events. Presented by James De Leo. For more information visit backyardbattlefields.com
Built by Redcoats: Kojanup Barracks
Kojanup Barracks is an important piece of Western Australian history. Built by British Redcoats of the 51st Regiment it was a staging post on the road to the strategically important town of Albany. Kojanup is located 256km South East of Perth, Western Australia.
Fremantle Artillery Barracks: Cantonment Hill, Western Australia
The Fremantle Artillery Barracks was built to service the forts defending the Western Australian port of Fremantle. Sitting atop Cantonment Hill on the corner of Burt and Tuckfield Streets, it is now home to the Army Museum of Western Australia.
Ibuki: Anzac Convoy Escort
The IJN Ibuki was a Japanese battlecruiser which in 1914 escorted the Gallipoli bound Australian and New Zealand troops from Albany at the Southern tip of Western Australia to the Middle East.
Swan Barracks: Northbridge, Western Australia
Now a backpackers hostel, the Old Swan Barracks on Francis Street in Northbridge, former headquarters and home to Perths Central Drill Hall, was an important feature of the pre-Federation military forces in Western Australia.
Dilhorn House: An Introduction
Dilhorn is a Federation Queen Anne style house located in the Perth suburb of Highgate. It was designed by Soldier Architect Joseph John Talbot Hobbs in 1897.
Sydney Harbour Attacked - Postscript: Japanese Submariner funeral 1942
Following the Japanese midget submarine raid on Sydney Harbour in 1942 the remains of 4 Japanese submariners were recovered. The officer commanding Sydney Harbour Rear Admiral Muirhead-Gould ordered that the men be cremated with full military honours. It was an extraordinary gesture at a time of heightened fear and anger and his decision was criticised in many quarters.
Entertaining and intellectual journeys into the forgotten moments of Aussie history
Thoroughly enjoyed listening
Insightful look into Australia’s past which has ultimately shaped the way we live today.
Love every single episode. So informative yet sensitive to the topic at hand. Thank you.