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From alleyway gangsters to cold war spies to eccentric entrepreneurs, Australian history is full of colourful but forgotten characters. Host Jen Kelly talks with experts, historians and yarn spinners to uncover the untold stories of some of our most interesting and offbeat ancestors. Produced by Jonty Burton and Andrea Thiis-Evensen.

In Black and White Herald Sun

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    • 4.6 • 500 Ratings

From alleyway gangsters to cold war spies to eccentric entrepreneurs, Australian history is full of colourful but forgotten characters. Host Jen Kelly talks with experts, historians and yarn spinners to uncover the untold stories of some of our most interesting and offbeat ancestors. Produced by Jonty Burton and Andrea Thiis-Evensen.

    From Zero to here: Part 2

    From Zero to here: Part 2

    In Black and White: Jen Kelly, Matthew McLachlan, Historian, Cowra, World War 2

    • 53 min
    From Zero to here: Part 1

    From Zero to here: Part 1

    Hajime Toyoshima was a crack fighter pilot who flew his Zero in the attack on Pearl Harbor. But it was an Australian machinegun that saw him tumbling out of the sky and into the history books. Historian Mat McLachlan joins the show to start the story.Get Mat's book: https://www.hachette.com.au/mat-mclachlan/the-cowra-breakoutLike the show, get features, backgrounds and more at: https://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw
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    • 44 min
    The reluctant hero

    The reluctant hero

    19-year-old Gary McKay was determined to avoid being sent to Vietnam, so he enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces for six years instead. But as fate would have it, Gary wound up in Vietnam anyway and earned a Military Cross for extraordinary bravery under fire. He tells his amazing story.

    Learn more about Gary's book at:https://livinghistorytv.com and http://garymckay.com.au/Like the show? Go to https://heraldsun.ccom.au/ibaw for more
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    • 1 hr
    The man who found Churchill a platypus

    The man who found Churchill a platypus

    In 1943, as war raged in Europe, the larger-than-life British PM had one thing on his mind: how to import a marsupial to keep as a pet. Journalist and author Alistair Paton joins the show to tell that tale - and many more.

    Get the book at: https://www.blackincbooks.com.au/books/marsupials-and-menLike the show? Read more at https://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw
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    • 24 min
    'Sedition' on the stage from a true war hero

    'Sedition' on the stage from a true war hero

    After serving his country in the trenches of World War One, Father John Joseph Kennedy wrote a play to expose the futility of war. But the priest's statement drew ire all the way up to the PM. State Library Victoria librarian Andrew McConville tells the story of one man's stand.

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    • 37 min
    When 2000 people watched "Cranky Gunn" die

    When 2000 people watched "Cranky Gunn" die

    As the noose tightened around the necks of John Gunn and George Roberts, the great and the good of Geelong were right there to see the spectacle.And they dressed in their Sunday best to review the macabre event. Historian Deb Robinson recounts the tale.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
500 Ratings

500 Ratings

rianakd ,

So great!

Listened to every show. So informative and interesting. I have even got great book tips fit my next read!! Please do more shows!!

@J_W ,

Review of WW2

Your history is way off line. The Germans never cold bloodily shot any English soldiers. I’m sorry but people who buy your book will be sorely mislead.

Vk3icg ,

Interview

It’s great you let the guest speak without interruption

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