23 episodes

The Full Story of the Palace Backpackers Hostel Fire of June 2000

Childers Paul Cochrane

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 525 Ratings

The Full Story of the Palace Backpackers Hostel Fire of June 2000

    22 - Farewell

    22 - Farewell

    Immediately after the fire, the Childers community embraced the backpackers as their own. It made the task of saying goodbye and returning to normality even more difficult. A simple thank you has never felt like enough. 20 years on, their gratitude and appreciation of the small Queensland town they are forever linked to is stronger than ever

    Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

    Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

     
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    • 34 min
    21 - Family

    21 - Family

    The fire at the Palace Backpackers Hostel in Childers on June 23, 2000 changed lives forever. It took young men and women way too soon and caused immeasurable trauma to those who escaped the building that night. They would return home a very different version of the carefree backpacker who set off on the travel adventure of a lifetime, leaving families to pick up the pieces.

    Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

    Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

     
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    • 28 min
    20 - Neil

    20 - Neil

    When Neil Griffith and his University friend Nigel decided to pack up their life in late 1999 and head to Australia on the adventure of a lifetime, they were young, carefree fun-seekers with the world at their feet. But it would be a trip engulfed by multiple episodes of tragedy and trauma and a key role in the investigation into the Palace Backpackers Hostel fire in Childers.

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    • 32 min
    19 - Legislation

    19 - Legislation

    The Childers fire is considered the worst arson attack in Queensland history. The after effects were far-reaching with local businesses and the tourism industry taking both a financial and reputational hit. Solutions needed to be found and that started with fixing Queensland's inadequate fire safety laws.

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    • 32 min
    18 - Memorial

    18 - Memorial

    It took just two years and four months for the Palace to be re-opened following a full re-build on the site of the exisiting hostel. There was considerable consultation with the community and the victims' families before agreeing on what would be a stunning memorial to the Palace 15. But getting to that highly emotional unveiling was far more complex than Council had first imagined.

    Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

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    • 33 min
    17 - Window

    17 - Window

    In the months after the fire, Council commenced its plan to restore the Palace and bring about some normality for neighbouring businesses affected by the June 2000 tragedy. But striking a deal to acquire the building and establish a suitable memorial to the victims was more challenging than they had envisioned.

     
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
525 Ratings

525 Ratings

Tammi-d ,

A great podcast

Really enjoyed listening to this podcast and have recommended to others, loved hearing people’s in person stories.

Freofan13 ,

Incredible

Really incredible and emotional.

Well put together.

Thinking of all the people affected by this tragedy.

Adam Lawrance ,

Thank you so much. I never really knew....

Living in Sydney NSW, I had some vague recollections of this tragedy without ever really knowing the detail.

Having moved to QLD in 2013, I have passed through Childers many, many times and whenever doing so have in my mind recalled the event, still without ever really knowing much detail but always sensing and feeling something significant each and every time.

This podcast was by far the best I have listened to. So powerfully and yet so respectfully told, thank you Paul. I will most certainly visit the memorial site when next passing through.

My heart goes out to the victims of this senseless crime, both to the families who lost a cherished one and to those who survived and live with the demons of those memories.

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