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Since episode one, which chronicled the Spanish Flu's spread in Australia in 1919, Forgotten Australia has been telling the stories we didn't hear in history class. From the weekend Melbourne went mad and our forgotten Titanic hero, to Australia's greatest Aboriginal tracker and the murder wave that shocked Sydney in 1932, this is history as you've never heard it before. www.forgottenaustralia.com

Forgotten Australia Forgotten Australia

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Since episode one, which chronicled the Spanish Flu's spread in Australia in 1919, Forgotten Australia has been telling the stories we didn't hear in history class. From the weekend Melbourne went mad and our forgotten Titanic hero, to Australia's greatest Aboriginal tracker and the murder wave that shocked Sydney in 1932, this is history as you've never heard it before. www.forgottenaustralia.com

    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part Two

    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part Two

    When Sydney detectives confirm star Balmain rugby league player Bob Lulham has been poisoned with Thall-Rat, they begin an investigation that at first turns up few leads. A series of mysterious phone calls to the CIB keeps the police wondering until they finally make a shocking arrest. While the identification of the suspect is sensational, what emerges at the accused's committal hearing has jaws on the floor in 1950s Australia — as it would be today. For more: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz
     
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    • 36 min
    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part One

    The Poisoned Footy Player — Part One

    On the 20th of July 1953, Sydney detectives discovered that someone had used rat poison to try to murder star Balmain rugby league player Bob Lulham. Nearly seventy years on, this remains one of Australian sport’s most sensational, strangest and saddest scandals — and among the least remembered. In part one of this deep dive, we explore Bob’s proud family legacy – his father fought at Gallipoli on 25 August 1915 — and Bob’s meteoric rise in rugby league, which included his record-breaking 1947 debut season and him donning the Kangaroo jersey to represent Australia against England in 1948-49. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz
     
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    The Aussie Who Saved JFK — Part Two

    The Aussie Who Saved JFK — Part Two

    WWII Aussie coastwatcher Reg Evans rescued John F. Kennedy in the Pacific in 1943 but his world-changing role in history would be left out of media articles and campaign propaganda that sought to emphasise Jack’s war heroism. It wasn’t until a little Sydney magazine started digging some 17 years later that the truth about the man who’d saved the life of the 35th President of the United States began to emerge. This is the conclusion and it's a story of wartime bravery, alleged Nazi spies, West African riots, men's magazines, TV game shows and Hollywood movie deals — with... of course... a cameo by Betty White. For more information: www. forgottenaustralia.com.au
     
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    The Aussie Who Saved JFK — Part One

    The Aussie Who Saved JFK — Part One

    Sixty years ago this month JFK won the West Virginia primary — a decisive moment for his campaign — and he did so with a low-blow political move meant to showcase him as a naval war hero. But not even JFK knew the truth behind the story that was to help him capture the White House — that he was only alive thanks to the work of a mysterious Australian coastwatcher. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz
     
     
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    Sydney's Red Year — Finale: Trials & Tribulations

    Sydney's Red Year — Finale: Trials & Tribulations

    1933: Eric Roland Craig goes to trial. But with a strong defence and shaky witnesses, will he be sent to the gallows? This is a finale with shock verdicts, a daring escape and one last tragic death. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz
     
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    Sydney's Red Year — Part Thirteen: A Most Fiendish Murder

    Sydney's Red Year — Part Thirteen: A Most Fiendish Murder

    1933: Detained on suspicion he's the Park Demon, former soldier Eric Roland Craig makes a startling if frustrating confession. CIB detectives are aggressive in their interrogations and investigations, but do they really have enough evidence to charge him with the murders of both May Miller and Bessie O’Connor? For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz
     
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

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An exceptional peek into history

Michael Adams does a brilliant job balancing between relevant historical details and human interest such that the stories feel fresh despite some being over a hundred years old. Look forward to seeing this pod in my queue every week. Always something new and fascinating!

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Lovely bit of history

Really entertaining historical stories beautifully told.

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