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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 Elouise Tynan.

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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 Elouise Tynan.

    From escaped convict to hero

    From escaped convict to hero

    Convict James Porter and his crewmates were viewed as mutineer scum when they escaped Australia in a leaky stolen boat, but hailed as heroes in their new home 10,000km away.
     
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    • 31 min
    The larrikin convict's audacious escape

    The larrikin convict's audacious escape

    In 1833, cockney sailor James Porter pulled off an audacious escape – stealing a leaky boat with nine other convicts and sailing all the way to South America and a life of freedom.
     
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    • 32 min
    Melbourne’s Gun Alley murder

    Melbourne’s Gun Alley murder

    After a hefty reward was offered to solve Melbourne’s Gun Alley murder, a parade of shonky witnesses with outlandish claims sent an innocent man to his death.
     
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    Vivian Bullwinkel's miraculous massacre survival

    Vivian Bullwinkel's miraculous massacre survival

    When Sister Vivian Bullwinkel was shot with a machinegun in one of the worst massacres of World War II, a split-second decision to feign death saved her life.
     
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    • 39 min
    Why do Melbourne’s boulevards stop so short?

    Why do Melbourne’s boulevards stop so short?

    Our grand, tree-lined boulevards are a spectacular showpiece, but our city would be a very different place if they served the suburbs beyond the city fringe. What went wrong?
     
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    How “Mrs Mac” helped win WWII

    How “Mrs Mac” helped win WWII

    When wireless pioneer Violet McKenzie realised Australia was short of Morse code operators as WWII approached, she opened a free school and trained thousands of young women. Become a Herald Sun subscriber. Go to www.heraldsun.com.au/ibaw and click on any article to begin
     
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