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True crimes, dark histories, unsolved mysteries, eccentric personalities and strange happenings: Forgotten Australia is history as you've never heard it before. 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.
You can get early ad-free access and bonus Forgotten Australia episodes by subscribing at Apple or supporting at Patreon.
My new book, Hanging Ned Kelly, about Melbourne's 19th century executioners, is out now.
You can read an excerpt here for free.

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Forgotten Australia Forgotten Australia

    • History
    • 4.7 • 1.4K Ratings

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True crimes, dark histories, unsolved mysteries, eccentric personalities and strange happenings: Forgotten Australia is history as you've never heard it before. 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.
You can get early ad-free access and bonus Forgotten Australia episodes by subscribing at Apple or supporting at Patreon.
My new book, Hanging Ned Kelly, about Melbourne's 19th century executioners, is out now.
You can read an excerpt here for free.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Bonus Episode - The Wreck Of The Errol

    Bonus Episode - The Wreck Of The Errol

    In the Mysteries of Mystery Island series, we heard about the dangerous Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs, located approximately 160 kilometres north of Lord Howe Island. This bonus episode uncovers the forgotten tragedies that happened on these forlorn outcrops in the Tasman Sea. Chief among these disasters was the 1909 wreck of the Errol, a story of survival that raised many hair-raising questions.

    The Cairns Grenade Murders Part 3

    The Cairns Grenade Murders Part 3

    With the accused murderer of Holly Murphy and Kathleen Brown set to go to trial in April 1946, there's a series of shocking secret developments, including a bombshell letter that makes disturbing claims against Queensland's boys in blue. Via the original police murder file - and from information from a descendant of one of the men involved - we explore what might've really happened.
    To hear me talk about my new book Hanging Ned Kelly - and for excellent true crime and history episodes, check out these podcasts:
    Australian True Crime - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/australian-true-crime/id1217681421
    In Black & White - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/in-black-and-white/id1466009446
    To read an excerpt of Hanging Ned Kelly - https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/hanging-ned-kelly/

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    • 47 min
    The Cairns Grenade Murders Part 2

    The Cairns Grenade Murders Part 2

    With Detective Senior-Sergeant Frank Bischof in Cairns, Bob Davis soon identifies the murderer. But how far can Bob be trusted? And what is Bischof offering?
    Part 3 will be available later this week via regular podcast platforms. But as an Apple subscriber or Patreon supporter, you can hear it right now ad-free.
    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia
    To hear me talk about my new book Hanging Ned Kelly - and for excellent true crime and history episodes, check out these podcasts:
    Australian True Crime - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/australian-true-crime/id1217681421
    In Black & White - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/in-black-and-white/id1466009446

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    • 37 min
    The Cairns Grenade Murders Part 1

    The Cairns Grenade Murders Part 1

    On a hot night in January 1946, two women were cold-bloodedly murdered with a grenade in the centre of Cairns. In this three-part special episode - based on the original police murder file - we take a deep dive into this callous crime, whose solution was frustrated not only by the underworld’s code of silence but also by the conduct of Queensland’s most infamously corrupt cop.
    Parts Two & Three will be available next week via regular podcast platforms. But as an Apple subscriber or Patreon supporter, you can hear them right now ad-free.
    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia
    To hear me talk about my new book Hanging Ned Kelly - and for excellent true crime and history episodes, check out these podcasts:
    Australian True Crime - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/australian-true-crime/id1217681421
    In Black & White - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/in-black-and-white/id1466009446
    To read an excerpt of Hanging Ned Kelly - https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/hanging-ned-kelly/

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 40 min
    Bonus Episode - Revolvers & Razors - Part 3

    Bonus Episode - Revolvers & Razors - Part 3

    In December 1927, William, Hubert and Bruce Higgs faced trial over the murder of Ronald Leslie. If found guilty, their lives would be over.

    Bonus Episode - Revolvers & Razors - Part 2

    Bonus Episode - Revolvers & Razors - Part 2

    Searching the bush near where Ronald Leslie's body was found, detectives make a startling discovery that leads them directly to the door of the Higgs brothers — who immediately make things worse for themselves by lying about their movements in the Blue Mountains.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

JJMill77 ,

Brilliant podcast for history buffs

I love the Forgotten Australia podcast, it is so well done in every aspect. I’m an avid history buff and I love how the well researched detail brings the long forgotten stories to life…keep up the great work Michael!

Toutou28 ,

Great podcast

I can’t get over the idiot who gave this podcast one star because of the way Michael pronounced Cairns. Get over yourself. This podcast is a rare gem.

witheyesshut ,

Love the podcast!

Hi Michael, love the podcast! So much so that I’ve subscribed. I’m having trouble listening to the subscriber content through apple podcasts. Is it easier to go through your supporter page than it is through apple? Thanks, Jenn

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