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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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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.

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    The Mayor Of Tiny Town vs Australia's Shiftiest Showman – Part One

    The Mayor Of Tiny Town vs Australia's Shiftiest Showman – Part One

    From a digitised formerly secret Australian military intelligence file comes one of Forgotten Australia’s strangest stories.
    In 1911-1912, from Sydney to Brisbane, Perth to Melbourne, and all points in between, Australia was enthralled by the little people entertainment troupe known as Tiny Town.
    Everyone was especially fond its undisputed star, 'The Mayor of Tiny Town', aka 'The Turkish Tom Thumb', the incomparable small-man performer Hayati Hassid.
    Yet how did this beloved celebrity - who also acted as editor of 'The Tiny Town Times' - become designated an enemy alien after the Great War broke out?
    What did this dark twist have to do with showman and self-professed father of Australian aviation Frederick Hooper Jones?
    And just where do genocidal Turkish sultan Abdul The Damned, legendary escapologist Harry Houdini and Aussie rock band The Angels fit into this picture?
    Join me for a four-part deep dive that takes us from the harems of the dying Ottoman Empire to the roller-skating-mad London vaudeville scene, from a forgotten antipodean box office blockbuster to the controversial very earliest days of Australia aviation.
    You won't believe your ears.
    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia
    My new book Hanging Ned Kelly is out now and will make a cracker of a Christmas present.
    You can read a free excerpt here - and get 26% off the RRP: https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/hanging-ned-kelly/

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    The Mayor Of Tiny Town vs Australia's Shiftiest Showman – Part Three

    The Mayor Of Tiny Town vs Australia's Shiftiest Showman – Part Three

    Who was Frederick Hooper Jones? In this instalment we look at his life and career as a showman and as a pioneering aviator.

    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia

    The Mayor Of Tiny Town vs Australia's Shiftiest Showman – Part Two

    The Mayor Of Tiny Town vs Australia's Shiftiest Showman – Part Two

    Having conquered Australia with Tiny Town, Hayati Hassid goes out on his own and falls into the orbit of Frederick Hooper Jones.

    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia

    The Mayor Of Tiny Town vs Australia's Shiftiest Showman – Part Four

    The Mayor Of Tiny Town vs Australia's Shiftiest Showman – Part Four

    After Fred Jones's betrayal, with Hayati Hassid branded an 'enemy alien', the showman and the performer go head-to-head in a series of court cases that make headlines all around Australia.


    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia

    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

S.J @ Wallan. ,

Super listen!

Top shelf pod this!
Great insight into our history.
Well played. Play on!

Spudsox ,

Ned Kelly

Slow down!!

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!

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