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History — As You've Never Heard It Before
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    The First Dismissal – Part Two (A): The Public Servant Who Brought Down The Premier

    The First Dismissal – Part Two (A): The Public Servant Who Brought Down The Premier

    When – if – Robert Henry Beardsmore is mentioned in connection with the May 1932 dismissal of Jack Lang, he's depicted as merely an old public servant who reluctantly did his job. But in reality he was the Forrest Gump of Australian history in the first half of the 20th Century. In part A, we look at his role on the Aborigines Protection Board and how he was enmeshed in a scandal that tainted Australia's first military victory. Part B is on the way!
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    The First Dismissal – Part One: The Last Days of Jack Lang

    The First Dismissal – Part One: The Last Days of Jack Lang

    On this day 90 years ago, firebrand NSW Premier Jack Lang was sacked by Governor Sir Phillip Game. 
    In this first of two instalments, we look at Lang's early life and business career, the scandalous aspect of his personal life and his embrace of the White Australia policy, his political rise and the massive opposition he faced from his own party, from big business, from the newspapers and from the fascist New Guard. Then, in early May 1932, during the worst of the Great Depression, Lang's collision with the Commonwealth government threatened chaos and civil violence. 
    But it would be one forgotten man who actually brought about Lang's downfall. 
    In part two, The First Dismissal: The Public Servant Who Toppled the Premier, we'll explore the role played in Lang's dismissal by Robert Beardsmore. Usually he's written in and out of the story in a sentence or two, and if there's any elaboration it's to characterise him as a faceless public servant who merely did his duty. But we're taking a deep dive into the background and potential motivations of a man who – between 1900 and 1932 – was like the Forrest Gump of Australian history.
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    Nightmare on the Night Train – Part Three

    Nightmare on the Night Train – Part Three

    Trapped in Melbourne in bizarre circumstances, Herbert Kopit's last chance is to talk his way out of an arrest and flee the country.
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    • 31 min
    Nightmare on the Night Train – Part Two

    Nightmare on the Night Train – Part Two

    How did Herbert Kopit become the most wanted man in Australia, trying to escape a massive tri-state murder manhunt while dressed as a woman?
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    • 38 min
    Nightmare on the Night Train – Part One

    Nightmare on the Night Train – Part One

    It's just after dawn on 2 April 1936 at Brisbane's Central Railway Station and as a porter enters a sleeping car on the overnight train from Bundaberg he discovers a slaughterhouse. Within minutes Queensland police will begin a desperate hunt for a maniac responsible for multiple murders. Parts 2 & 3 will be released next week. But you can hear them now as a podcast supporter. For more: www.patreon.com/forgottenaustralia
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    • 34 min
    'Young Ned Kelly' – The Boy Bushranger of 1922 – Part Two

    'Young Ned Kelly' – The Boy Bushranger of 1922 – Part Two

    With the newspapers depicting Henry Maple as determined to commit crimes as terrible as Ned Kelly's atrocities, and the police handing out high-powered military rifles to civilian vigilantes, the stage was set for a bloody showdown in the thick forest of Glen Nayook. To support the show: patreon.com/forgottenaustralia
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

TizzieNewton ,

Forgotten Australian

Fantastic series, great reader/creator.

Mrs. Gummybear ,

What wonderful storytelling

Obviously well researched … great storytelling cadence … interesting blend of historical tales with a bit of true crime blended … a big ole well done from Maine, USA!!!

bucketheadsdad ,

So insightful

I'm a Yank who became a huge footy fan in recent years, and have delved into learning what I can about the history and "other" Australia. Michael Adams is a terrific host, who provides great insight, while weaving his research into great stories. A joy to listen to as an American, and I'd imagine that if you're Australian, you're going to love it. Highly recommended.

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