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Since episode one, which chronicled the Spanish Flu's spread in Australia in 1919, Forgotten Australia has been telling the stories we didn't hear in history class. From the weekend Melbourne went mad and our forgotten Titanic hero, to Australia's greatest Aboriginal tracker and the murder wave that shocked Sydney in 1932, this is history as you've never heard it before. www.forgottenaustralia.com

Forgotten Australia Forgotten Australia

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Since episode one, which chronicled the Spanish Flu's spread in Australia in 1919, Forgotten Australia has been telling the stories we didn't hear in history class. From the weekend Melbourne went mad and our forgotten Titanic hero, to Australia's greatest Aboriginal tracker and the murder wave that shocked Sydney in 1932, this is history as you've never heard it before. www.forgottenaustralia.com

    The Plague Of 1900 — Part Two: Lockdown, Washdown... Knockdown

    The Plague Of 1900 — Part Two: Lockdown, Washdown... Knockdown

    By mid-autumn 1900, dozens of people in Sydney had died from Bubonic Plague – many within a day of showing symptoms. Yet the CMO’s rat-killing recommendations were initially ignored and it’d be up to a future PM to stand up for poor people on the front lines of the lockdown, washdown and knockdown policy. Despite lessons learned from the 1900 outbreak, the Black Death would recur through the first quarter of the 20th Century in Australia – with hundreds more dying... before one final lonely and forgotten fatality.
     
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    • 37 min
    The Plague Of 1900 — Part One: The Rats Must Die

    The Plague Of 1900 — Part One: The Rats Must Die

    It's New Year's Day 1900 and Sydney is celebrating on this sunny day. But Dr Ashburton Thompson, NSW's chief medical officer, knows that darkness is coming over the horizon in the form of Bubonic Plague. Once the Black Death strikes, he'll be in charge of Sydney's defences — and have to convince the populace that fleas from infected rats are to blame for the pestilence.
     
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    The Mysterious Case Of Jack The Rapper

    The Mysterious Case Of Jack The Rapper

    In winter 1950 a dark old house in Melbourne — owned by an elderly dying widow — was terrorised by nightly visitations from a fiend who was nicknamed "Jack The Rapper". Like something of out a classic horror movie, the sensational story included frightened nurses, traps laid by cops, vigilante mobs stalking the streets, voyeuristic ghostbusters and a stake-out orchestrated by a tabloid reporter with his own war-time ghosts. As the disturbances spread beyond the original "haunted house", Jack The Rapper became national front page news — and the "answers" offered posed only more questions. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com
     
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    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part Three

    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part Three

    While the evidence against Veronica Monty was damning, she was also damned by the hypocritical morality of Australia in the 1950s. Tried for attempted murder, she was convicted of far worse — and would pay the price. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com
     
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    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part Two

    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part Two

    When Sydney detectives confirm star Balmain rugby league player Bob Lulham has been poisoned with Thall-Rat, they begin an investigation that at first turns up few leads. A series of mysterious phone calls to the CIB keeps the police wondering until they finally make a shocking arrest. While the identification of the suspect is sensational, what emerges at the accused's committal hearing has jaws on the floor in 1950s Australia — as it would be today. For more: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz
     
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    • 36 min
    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part One

    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part One

    On the 20th of July 1953, Sydney detectives discovered that someone had used rat poison to try to murder star Balmain rugby league player Bob Lulham. Nearly seventy years on, this remains one of Australian sport’s most sensational, strangest and saddest scandals — and among the least remembered. In part one of this deep dive, we explore Bob’s proud family legacy – his father fought at Gallipoli on 25 August 1915 — and Bob’s meteoric rise in rugby league, which included his record-breaking 1947 debut season and him donning the Kangaroo jersey to represent Australia against England in 1948-49. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz
     
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    • 33 min

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RAAFhistorynerd ,

Enthralling listening

Well researched and told by Michael, fascinating stories from our past. Great to see our colourful past finally being highlighted.

WeAllHaveLayers ,

I love this podcast!

Fascinating stories about all sorts of people, places and times. Extremely well researched and presented. Wry humour and respect for those worthy, intermingled with balanced reflections on the not so worthy. Well done!

Pat Aussie ,

Great podcast

I look forward to each of Michael’s podcast which showcase forgotten, but interesting, stories of our history. Apart from the stories themselves the podcast is very professionally presented with attention to smaller details of the characters which bring them to life for the listener, as well as the subtle background music and appropriate sound effects (birdsongs, horses hooves, gun shots). Very entertaining and well worth listening.

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