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New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.

The History Listen ABC Radio

    • History
    • 4.5 • 327 Ratings

New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.

    The History Listen

    The History Listen

    This story is set on Worimi and Biripi country in the year 1894 The avid colonial botanist Joseph Maiden is making a trip through the forests around the NSW towns of Stroud and Gloucester, recording every tree, leaf, and plant he encounters in meticulous detail in his journal. 130 years later historian Jodi Frawley re-traces Maiden's journey, using his original records as a guide.

    Inexpressible Island

    Inexpressible Island

    The little known story of perhaps the greatest endurance feat in Antarctic history. The survival of Robert Falcon Scott's Northern Party in the winter of 1912.

    • 28 min
    The man with the wooden shotgun

    The man with the wooden shotgun

    Britta Jorgensen grew up hearing many tales about her great Uncle Keith Byson, whose life sounded like something out of a children's story book - that he was a hermit who lived in a shack on a deserted island in the Great Barrier Reef, warding off strangers with a wooden shotgun, and who got around in his underwear. Years after his death Britta heads to her uncle's island home, to try and sort out the truth from the tall tales

    • 26 min
    Finding Harry Valentine

    Finding Harry Valentine

    Hidden family truths are discovered as two sisters follow the trail of their late fathers' secret life.

    • 28 min
    First port of asylum

    First port of asylum

    On the night Dai Le was elected to Federal Parliament as an Independent she was remembering being a frightened 10 years old, out in the open sea, escaping Vietnam in a boat.  For The History Listen Dai returns to the place she first landed, Hong Kong, looking for traces of the refugee camp where she lived, worked in factories and like so many thousands, waited for a visa to The West.

    • 28 min
    Fanny Smith: Icon

    Fanny Smith: Icon

    In 1899, twenty-three years after her people were declared ‘extinct’, Fanny Smith made a revolutionary recording where she announced to the world that she was The Last Tasmanian. Far from ‘extinct’, she was a proud Aboriginal woman raising her eleven children and publicly singing and speaking her Pakana language. This is her extraordinary story.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
327 Ratings

327 Ratings

Mollydoggles ,

An accidental discovery…

Just by a happy accident did I happen upon this great podcast of really unknown moments in history. Brilliant listening and I love the sound effects, just like an old radio show sometimes!
Entertaining and sometimes quite astonishing , for example, the Bay leaves of West Terrace Cemetery…..such a different time.

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The number one

I love this podcast thank you soooo much I love it!💗💗💓

chateau10 ,

Brilliant series

Thank you for this wonderful podcast.

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