191 episodes

WCIA is a show that was originally envisioned as exploring the stereotypical weird of Australia - the yowie sightings, the aliens, the weird lights that zoom off over the horizon if you try and chase them. But since we’ve started working on this series, we’ve come to realise that Australia is just about the strangest place on earth, and not because of the Big Cats living out near Toowoomba.

Did you know a full firefight between MPs and soldiers took place in Central Station (Sydney) in February 1916, and you can still find the bullet holes in the pillars?

Did you know that one of Australia’s convict ships was waylaid by Americans during the aftermath of the American Revolution in 1815?

Did you know we have a dinosaur called Qantassaurus, and that most Australian fossil expeditions of the 1970s and 1980s were sponsored by corporations, rather than the government?

Did you know that the majority of the miners that took part in the Eureka Stockade of 1854 were Chinese, African-American, or from other ‘minority’ groups? And that the Victorian Gold Rush is where Australia learned to love Chinese food?

There’s a lot of history when it comes to this country - even just in the last 200 years - and very little of it is taught in our school systems. We feel that, in order to preserve the past, we have to get it out there into the minds of the present, and hopefully apply those lessons to the future. If you agree, we'd love you to join us.

New episodes release 12pm AEDST/AEST every Monday.

Weird Crap in Australia The Modern Meltdown

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WCIA is a show that was originally envisioned as exploring the stereotypical weird of Australia - the yowie sightings, the aliens, the weird lights that zoom off over the horizon if you try and chase them. But since we’ve started working on this series, we’ve come to realise that Australia is just about the strangest place on earth, and not because of the Big Cats living out near Toowoomba.

Did you know a full firefight between MPs and soldiers took place in Central Station (Sydney) in February 1916, and you can still find the bullet holes in the pillars?

Did you know that one of Australia’s convict ships was waylaid by Americans during the aftermath of the American Revolution in 1815?

Did you know we have a dinosaur called Qantassaurus, and that most Australian fossil expeditions of the 1970s and 1980s were sponsored by corporations, rather than the government?

Did you know that the majority of the miners that took part in the Eureka Stockade of 1854 were Chinese, African-American, or from other ‘minority’ groups? And that the Victorian Gold Rush is where Australia learned to love Chinese food?

There’s a lot of history when it comes to this country - even just in the last 200 years - and very little of it is taught in our school systems. We feel that, in order to preserve the past, we have to get it out there into the minds of the present, and hopefully apply those lessons to the future. If you agree, we'd love you to join us.

New episodes release 12pm AEDST/AEST every Monday.

    Episode 189 - The Death of the Vampire Gigalo Part 2

    Episode 189 - The Death of the Vampire Gigalo Part 2

    Australia's crime world can be a little intimidating for newcomers. You have men that look like normal bogan car enthusiasts, you have women that look like kind grandmothers, then you have Shane Chartres-Abbott: the Vampire Gigalo.

    Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the man behind the moniker, the crimes that brought him to the police's attention -- and the court hearing that had him assassinated.

    • 51 min
    Episode 188 - The Death of the Vampire Gigalo Part 1

    Episode 188 - The Death of the Vampire Gigalo Part 1

    Australia's crime world can be a little intimidating for newcomers. You have men that look like normal bogan car enthusiasts, you have women that look like kind grandmothers, then you have Shane Chartres-Abbott: the Vampire Gigalo.

    Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the man behind the moniker, the crimes that brought him to the police's attention -- and the court hearing that had him assassinated.

    • 57 min
    Episode 187 - The Gentleman Bushranger Part 2

    Episode 187 - The Gentleman Bushranger Part 2

    In the 1820s, a man would take the wilderness - and women - of Van Diemen's Land by storm, stealing hearts, wallets and watches alike. The Gentlemen Bushranger was a man who was feared by the men and adored by the women, doing his part to keep chivalry alive in the face of life in Tasmania.

    Join Holly and Matthew as Matthew swoons over Brady, they discuss his history, and his antics.

    • 49 min
    Episode 186 - The Gentleman Bushranger Part 1

    Episode 186 - The Gentleman Bushranger Part 1

    In the 1820s, a man would take the wilderness - and women - of Van Diemen's Land by storm, stealing hearts, wallets and watches alike. The Gentlemen Bushranger was a man who was feared by the men and adored by the women, doing his part to keep chivalry alive in the face of life in Tasmania.

    Join Holly and Matthew as Matthew swoons over Brady, they discuss his history, and his antics.

    Happy New Year!

    • 45 min
    Episode 185 - The Christmas Day Cyclone

    Episode 185 - The Christmas Day Cyclone

    While Australians are known for our "eh, screw it" attitude when it comes to dealing with things, sometimes that doesn't turn out for the best. In December 1974, That attitude led to death, destruction, mayhem, and the second rebuilding of Darwin in 35 years.
    Join Holly and Matthew as they explore the cyclone, the wrong turns (on behalf of cyclone and human alike) and the lessons we should have learned decades ago about complacency for Christmas.

    • 55 min
    Episode 184 - The Francis & Eliza

    Episode 184 - The Francis & Eliza

    The "Francis & Eliza" departed Cork, Ireland, as part of a convoy of convict ships bound for Australia on December 5, 1814. The ship was under the command of Captain William Harrison, and began its journey under shifting, unsettled Northern Hemisphere winter weather.

    A month after departing Ireland, on January 4, 1815, the Francis and Eliza was separated from its convoy by a winter storm near Madeira, an autonomous archipelago officially under the control of Portugal.

    Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the longest trip of a convict ship, and the series of unfortunate events that prolonged its expedition - from pirates to mercenaries to American armsmen.

    • 51 min

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