Join us as we uncover the strange, little known and down-right bizarre history of the wild days of early Ballarat. A city that almost overnight became an international household name during the crazy days of the Australian gold rush, attracting a unique cast of fortune-seekers, charlatans, and crooks. All brought to life from first hand material by our talented voice actors.
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Moonlight In Prison – Part II
Tales from Rat City presents the second instalment in the story of notorious Australian bushranger; Captain Moonlight. Join us, as our actors bring to life the tale of his escape from the Ballarat Gaol, his second trial for the Egerton bank robbery, and the beginning of his famous relationship with James Nesbitt. Research by David […]
Moonlight in Egerton – Part I
Tales from Rat City presents a three-part dramatisation of the bizarre life of the notorious Australia bushranger Captain Moonlight. Hear our actors bring every twist of his weird story to life, and decide for youself what really happened on that stormy night in the rough mining town of Egerton.
Matilda and the Asylum
Matilda Cutler escapes Ararat Asylum with a terrible story she is desperate to share. Can one woman change the system? Join David and Tom as they explore the grim history of the Ararat Asylum. N.B. this episode contains direct examples of abuse in care occurring across the last 100 years in Victoria. Listeners may find […]
Join Tom, David and their guest, historic reenactor Chase Day, as they uncover the story of Jac Jorgenson, and discuss the rich tradition of women in the military. See below for our gallery of remarkable female fighters, courtesy of Chase’s Facebook group Bob the Reenactor. John ‘Jac’ Jorgenson (or Jorgensen) moved to country Victoria in […]
The Cunning Woman
In an era when doctors were dangerous hacks, what alternatives did you have? This episode explores the story of Mary Barrel, Australia’s first identified ‘cunning person’. A woman who practiced an ancient traditional craft of folk medicine. We’ll also explore the world of concealed marks and ritual hidden in historic homes. If you find something […]
A Time of Change
Over the last two hundred years, we’ve changed Victoria’s ecology beyond recognition. Each generation since White arrival has continued this rapid transformation, irreversibly altering the world once known intimately by Indigenous Australians. But this relationship has not been one-way. Each time we’ve driven change into the ecology, it has responded with unpredictable effects. It has […]
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A very well researched and interesting podcast. Very engaging and is very informative. I really like it!
There are many many podcasts that are poorly researched, poorly produced and essentially a WOFTAM.
This however, is an excellent series.
Thoughtfully put together, very informative and very likeable.
Pleeeeeease hurry with more stories!! Thank you so much for your obvious care and dedication to your subjects. By far one of my most favourite pods. I’ve listened to most episodes twice because of the interesting and entertaining way you present a period of our history that I had previously not been very interested in.
Please don’t eat or sleep just make more cool pods 😉🤣🤣