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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.

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.

    Moses Tjalkabota – Orator and Evangelist

    Moses Tjalkabota – Orator and Evangelist

    Moses Tjalkabota was a charismatic and well-known personality in Central Australia.

    An Arrarnte man, his early years were spent on country in a traditional Aboriginal lifestyle, learning Arrarnte culture from his elders. As a child, he was schooled on the Hermannsburg Mission.

    Known affectionately as Blind Moses, he became an evangelist. Regarded as a master storyteller and public speaker, he attracted large crowds whenever he preached in public.

    Although he was blind, he travelled vast distances over Central Australia to share his message with Aboriginal people in their communities.

    Further information: Australian Dictionary of Biography Hermannsburg.com.au Alice Springs NewsBlind Moses, Aranda Man of High Degree and Christian Evangelist by Peter Latz, IAD Press, 2015

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au and Katrina Roe at katrinaroe.co
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    Edith Cowan: The First Woman in Parliament

    Edith Cowan: The First Woman in Parliament

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    Edith Cowan made it her mission to see women participating in every area of public life – education, religion, politics, health, the law and social justice.

    She founded and worked for numerous volunteer organisations that promoted the rights and welfare of women and children, including the House of Mercy for unmarried mothers, The Karrakatta Women’s Club, The Children’s Protection Society and King Edward Memorial Hospital.

    She was the first woman to ever sit in an Australian Parliament and today she has a university named after.

    She can be seen on the Australian $50 note.

    Further information:

    Australian Dictionary of Biography National Museum Australia RBA - People on the Bank Notes – Edith Cowan State Library of WA Women Australia

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    David Unaipon: Australia's Leonardo da Vinci

    David Unaipon: Australia's Leonardo da Vinci

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    David Unaipon was an Aboriginal preacher, inventor, author and activist.

    Profoundly gifted in several fields, his achievements emphatically disproved the prejudiced preconceptions that existed about Aboriginal people at the time.

    He lectured publicly on science and theology and patented nine inventions, including a shear that turned circular motion into lateral motion.

    He collected the myths and legends of Aboriginal people and was the first indigenous Australian to be published, although his book was not originally published under his own name.

    By the 1920s, he was the most well-known Aboriginal person in Australia and was able to be a public voice on behalf of his people.

    He can be seen on the Australian $50 note.

    Further information:

    Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines by David Unaipon, edited by Stephen Muecke and Adam Shoemaker, Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 2001

    My Life Story, by David Unaipon, Adelaide: Aborigines Friends Association, 1954

    'Aboriginals: Their Traditions and Customs' by David Unaipon, Daily Telegraph, 2 August 1924.

    Australian Dictionary of Biography

    RBA - People on the Bank Notes – David Unaipon 1872 - 1967

    The State Library of New South Wales: Significant Individuals : David Unaipon

    The State Library of New South Wales – Stories – David Unaipon

    Kids Britannica – David Unaipon

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au and Katrina Roe at katrinaroe.com
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    Ralph Honner: The Kokoda Hero

    Ralph Honner: The Kokoda Hero

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    Lt. Col Ralph Honner is a World War II hero and one of Australia’s best-known officers.

    He is remembered for his inspired efforts leading the exhausted men of the 39th battalion in their heroic defence at Isurava on the arduous Kokoda Track. He also inflicted a decisive defeat on the Japanese at Gona on the Northern coast of New Guinea, where he was severely wounded.

    After his retirement, Honner went on to serve as the ambassador to Ireland.

    A man of faith and a poetic soul, he was deeply respected and admired by the men he led, and even honoured by his enemies.

    Further information:

    Ralph Honner, Kokoda Hero by Peter Brune, Allen & Unwin, 2007

    Gona’s Gone!: The Battle for the Beachhead 1942, by Peter Brune, Allen & Unwin, 1994

    Kokoda Historical

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian Dictionary of Biography

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au and Katrina Roe at katrinaroe.com
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    • 19 min
    Caroline Chisolm - The Immigrants Friend

    Caroline Chisolm - The Immigrants Friend

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    Caroline Chisholm was a philanthropist, social reformer and humanitarian, who devoted herself to helping unemployed migrants, particularly vulnerable young women. She set up a safehouse and employment agency for single women, and personally escorted them to their new homes in the country.She campaigned to bring out the families of former convicts for free, so they could be reunited with their loved ones in Australia.In 1847, she became the first woman to address the House of Lords in Westminster. She was also the first woman, other than the Queen, to feature on an Australian bank note. But the time she returned to England in 1846, she had helped 11,000 new Australians find homes and work. 

    Further information:Caroline Chisholm – An Irresistible Force, by Sarah Goldman, HarperCollins, 2017Caroline Chisholm – The Emigrant’s Friends, by Joanna BogleCaroline Chisholm – The Emigrant’s Friend by Tania McCartney (Junior Historical Fiction)Australian Dictionary of BiographyOne Saint For Australia - Newspaper Article

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au and Katrina Roe at katrinaroe.com
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    • 17 min
    Mary Reiby - The Teenage Convict

    Mary Reiby - The Teenage Convict

    A true, rags to riches story, Mary Reibey came to Australia as a teenage convict in 1792. She was just 14 years old when she was sentenced to seven years transportation. When her husband died, leaving her with seven children, she took over all his business dealings. A tough and determined businesswoman, she built a fortune as a ship-owner, trader and property developer in the early days of the colony. She erected many elegant buildings in Sydney, some of which are still standing, and was one of the founders of Westpac bank. As a philanthropist, she made a significant contribution to education, charity and church.Today her face can be seen on the Australian $20 note.

    Further information:Australian Dictionary of BiographyDictionary of SydneyAussie Notables – Mary Reibey (Children’s book) by Allan Drummond, 2011Mary Reibey: From Convict to First Lady of Trade, by Kathleeen J. Pullen, 1975.Dear Cousin: The Reibey Letters: Twenty Two Letters of the Reibey Family, includuing Letters of Mary Reiby, Her Children & Their Descendants, 1792-1901Minding Her Own Business; Colonial Business Women in Sydney by Catherine Bishop, 2015

    You can find Dr Paul Roe online at theoutbackhistorian.com.au and Katrina Roe at katrinaroe.com
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