21 episodes

So many of us Australians don’t know our own history. But that can all change. Join Sydney-based broadcaster and author Katrina Roe and The Outback Historian Paul Roe as they make the "invisible" visible by digging up the buried stories of Australia’s heroes, pioneers and visionaries.

Here, you'll meet Australians from every corner of the country, the city and the bush including migrants and Indigenous Australians, men and women, nurses, doctors, activists, boxers, athletes, missionaries and ministers. The one thing they all have in common is that their faith inspired them to work for the greater good and put others before themselves.

Listen to more from our Hope Podcasts collection at hopepodcasts.com.au. And send the team a message via Hope 103.2’s app, Facebook or Instagram.

Australia's Invisible History Hope 103.2

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So many of us Australians don’t know our own history. But that can all change. Join Sydney-based broadcaster and author Katrina Roe and The Outback Historian Paul Roe as they make the "invisible" visible by digging up the buried stories of Australia’s heroes, pioneers and visionaries.

Here, you'll meet Australians from every corner of the country, the city and the bush including migrants and Indigenous Australians, men and women, nurses, doctors, activists, boxers, athletes, missionaries and ministers. The one thing they all have in common is that their faith inspired them to work for the greater good and put others before themselves.

Listen to more from our Hope Podcasts collection at hopepodcasts.com.au. And send the team a message via Hope 103.2’s app, Facebook or Instagram.

    Charles O'Neil - The "Vinnies" Saint

    Charles O'Neil - The "Vinnies" Saint

    Charles O’Neil was the founder of Vinnies in New South Wales. An accomplished engineer and a former Parliamentarian in New Zealand, Charles was torn between his professional career and his desire to serve the poor. Charles sought a ‘more authentic vision of Christian charity that was unobtrusive, non-judgemental and respected the dignity of the poor’. At the request of the charity, he moved to Australia to establish the work of St Vincent de Paul around The Rocks area of Sydney. His energy, drive and passion took Vinnies from strength to strength and today the organisation helps 1.8 million Australians every year.

    Further information:

    Captain Charles, Engineer of Charity by Stephen Utick https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/oneill-charles-gordon-4333

    https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/About/History/Founder_of_the_Society_in_Australia/

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au
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    • 15 min
    Thomas Shadrac James: Grandpa James

    Thomas Shadrac James: Grandpa James

    Thomas Shadrac James is one of Australia’s most successful teachers. He turned a wooden building on the Murray River into a bush university for the Yorta Yorta people – one that grew leaders who changed Australia!

    The son of indentured labourers in Mauritius, Thomas Shadrac James believed that education could empower Australia’s Aboriginal people to campaign for equality and justice. Many of his students, like William Cooper and Sir Doug Nicholls, went on to become the leaders of the civil rights movement in Australia. Together with his son, he founded the first Aboriginal political party in Australia – the Aborigines Progressives Association.

    Further information:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-10/thomas-shadrach-james-teacher-of-aboriginal-activists/12846650

    https://www.monash.edu/education/future-students/why-study-with-us/scholarships/thomas-shadrach-james

    https://christiantoday.com.au/news/thomas-shadrach-james-australian-educator.html

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au
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    • 12 min
    David Bussau: Empowering The Poor

    David Bussau: Empowering The Poor

    David Bussau was a multi-millionaire by the age of 35.  Abandoned at an orphanage as a child, he set up his first business – a hotdog stand at the footy – by the age of 15. David’s entrepreneurial spirit wasn’t satisfied with just being rich, he also wanted to make a difference. When Cyclone Tracey struck Darwin, David found his first opportunity to help. It set him on a path that would see him become the co-founder of Opportunity International - a charity that fights poverty through microfinance loans.  His dream was to help the poor help themselves. 

    David Bussau was awarded the Order of Australia and named Senior Australian of the Year in 2008.

    Further information:

    Don’t Look Back: How an abandoned child became a champion of the poor by Phillipa Tyndale

    https://australianoftheyear.org/recipients/david-bussau/121/

    https://opportunity.org.au/what-we-do/about-us/david-bussau-and-our-history

    Watch David Bussau on Australian Story:  https://opportunity.org.au/news/videos/australian-story-david-bussau

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au
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    • 12 min
    Sister Janet Mead - The Rock Star Nun

    Sister Janet Mead - The Rock Star Nun

    ‘Everyone has a song to sing…’

    Sister Janet Mead was a humble nun who shot into the international music charts in 1974 with a rock version of The Lord’s Prayer.  Her unexpected hit reached number 3 on the Australian music charts.  She was the first Australian to achieve gold record status in the US.  But she turned down the chance to record her own music and tour the world, to continue teaching.  She was named South Australian Citizen of the Year in 2005 for her decades of caring for the homeless.

    Further reading:

    Vale Sister Janet Mead - | State Library of South Australia (slsa.sa.gov.au)

    Sister Janet Mead, who turned The Lord's Prayer into a rock hit, dies aged 84 - ABC News

    South Australian Sister Janet Mead dies aged 84 (theaustralian.com.au)

    Sister Janet Mead — a REAL rocker nun | A Nun's Life Ministry (anunslife.org)

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au
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    • 10 min
    Mei Quong Tart - The Tartin Mandarin

    Mei Quong Tart - The Tartin Mandarin

    Mei Quong Tart was a Sydney businessman and Mandarin of the Fourth Grade.

    His QVB tearooms were regarded as the finest in the city. Quong Tart was an active philanthropist, and his thriving business was a hub of charity and community.  He hosted free meals for the city’s homeless, for Aboriginal Australians and anyone in need.

    A leader in the Chinese community and an anti-drug campaigner, Quong Tart was a colourful character who embraced Chinese, Scottish and Australian culture.

    Further reading:

    Who was Quong Tart? | State Library of NSW

    Quong Tart, wife Margaret, and family, 1903 - Chinese Australian Families - Culture Victoria (cv.vic.gov.au)

    Biography - Mei Quong Tart - Australian Dictionary of Biography (anu.edu.au)

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au
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    • 14 min
    Professor Graeme Clark - The Bionic Ear (Cochlear Implant)

    Professor Graeme Clark - The Bionic Ear (Cochlear Implant)

    Professor Graeme Clark may not be a household name, but as the man behind the Cochlear implant or ‘bionic ear’, he is one of Australia’s most successful inventors. When he first outlined his dream of bypassing the inner ear so deaf people could hear, he was ridiculed by many in the medical profession. Today, hundreds of thousands of deaf and hearing-impaired people have benefitted from his invention. In 2001, he was named Senior Australian of the Year.

    Further reading:

    About Graeme Clark - Graeme Clark Foundation

    Professor Graeme Clark AC - Australian of the Year

    Professor Graeme Clark, Otolaryngologist | Australian Academy of Science

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au
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    • 13 min

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