225 episodes

Created by Michael Adams, author of The Murder Squad and Hanging Ned Kelly, Forgotten Australia delves deep into bloody crimes, dark histories, unsolved mysteries, eccentric personalities and bizarre happenings that are almost always stranger than fiction. Each episode brings to life people and events that were once known to everyone but are now barely remembered by anyone. Based on intensive original research, Forgotten Australia is crafted with a novelist’s eye for character and detail to create gripping narratives that sound so fresh it's like they're ripped from today's headlines. This is the history you wish you’d been taught in school.
You can get early ad-free access and bonus Forgotten Australia episodes by subscribing at Apple or supporting at Patreon.

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    • 4.7 • 1.6K Ratings

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Created by Michael Adams, author of The Murder Squad and Hanging Ned Kelly, Forgotten Australia delves deep into bloody crimes, dark histories, unsolved mysteries, eccentric personalities and bizarre happenings that are almost always stranger than fiction. Each episode brings to life people and events that were once known to everyone but are now barely remembered by anyone. Based on intensive original research, Forgotten Australia is crafted with a novelist’s eye for character and detail to create gripping narratives that sound so fresh it's like they're ripped from today's headlines. This is the history you wish you’d been taught in school.
You can get early ad-free access and bonus Forgotten Australia episodes by subscribing at Apple or supporting at Patreon.

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    The Forgotten Man – Part One: The Murder

    The Forgotten Man – Part One: The Murder

    In September 1935, John Smillie was shot dead in his taxi in western Sydney.
    Who had murdered this war veteran, loving husband and doting father? Was it a robbery gone wrong? A maniac with a grudge against cabbies? Or was he the victim of mistaken identity in a vicious gangland war?
    The Forgotten Man is an incredible tale of murder and mystery, fact and fantasy, insanity and injustice, which unfolded over nearly half a century.
    This four-part miniseries concludes with an unexpected revelation from one of Australia’s most respected journalists, who joins us with his recollections of covering this story early in his career.
    To support the show and get access to all episodes ad-free, get access to bonus shows and get a show shout-out:
    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia
    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com
    Check out my books:
    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185
    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504

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    • 48 min
    The Forgotten Man – Part Four: The Truth

    The Forgotten Man – Part Four: The Truth

    One of Australia’s most respected journalists talks about his early career on Sydney tabloid The Sun and how he got an exclusive interview with The Forgotten Man to ask the question: ‘Did you do it?’

    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com

    Check out my books:
    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185
    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504

    The Forgotten Man – Part Three: The Trial

    The Forgotten Man – Part Three: The Trial

    The man accused of John Smillie’s murder finally has his day in court. But the verdict won’t settle the haunting question of his guilt or innocence.

    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com

    Check out my books:
    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185
    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504

    The Forgotten Man – Part Two: The Accused

    The Forgotten Man – Part Two: The Accused

    Following new information, received six months after the murder of John Smillie, detectives from Sydney’s CIB swoop on their suspect.
    What happens next is decried as a travesty of justice.

    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com

    Check out my books:
    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185
    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504

    The Comic Book Killer

    The Comic Book Killer

    From 1946, Sydney’s Leonard Lawson was a hero to kids for creating the comic book The Lone Avenger. But in reality the young artist was a psychopathic villain responsible for crimes far more terrible than anything in his stories. For five decades, Lawson would outrage the nation by destroying innocent lives and making a mockery of the law’s ability to control violent offenders.
    I’ve re-released The Comic Book Killer in anticipation of my new miniseries, The Forgotten Man, which will be out from next week. Not only does The Comic Book Killer fit with this season’s theme of Crimes That Shocked Australia, it also crosses over with The Forgotten Man in strange and significant ways.
    To support Forgotten Australia:
    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia
    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com
    Check out my books:
    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185
    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504


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    • 38 min
    Weachurch: Werewolf of Pentridge – Part Three

    Weachurch: Werewolf of Pentridge – Part Three

    A year after he's 'disappeared' into a solitary cage at Pentridge, Weachurch makes a last stab at freedom... and leaves behind a haunting legacy of resistance to injustice.
    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com
    Check out my books:
    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185
    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks
    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Adz the Dad ,

Fantastic insight into Australia’s history

Well researched and characterised throughout. Loving the insight. Aussie history is so interesting. Keep up the good work!👍

diddy29 ,

Great for history buffs

If you have any interest in Australian history at all then you should give this one a go. Love the way the different stories are presented. Always very thorough and accessible.

Pipmcphee ,

Loved by the whole fam

Thoroughly researched and well presented.
Stories about our country that I would have never known about. I’ve now gotten my 80 year old father hooked on this podcast too!

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