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New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey into the past.

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    • 4.4 • 29 Ratings

New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey into the past.

    The Great Australian Camel Race (part 1)

    The Great Australian Camel Race (part 1)

    It’s April 1988, somewhere near Uluru, and the starter gun fires off one of the strangest, most audacious events to mark Australia's bicentennial year, the Great Australian Camel Race. People came from all around the world to take part in a feat which spanned over 3000km, as camels and humans endured scorching heat, flooding rains and serious sickness that almost sent the race belly-up.

    • 26 min
    Monarto | Lost city of the future

    Monarto | Lost city of the future

    Don Dunstan had a dream - a futuristic city to rise out of The Mallee. What went wrong? After years of planning and designing why was it never built?

    • 28 min
    Blood, prejudice and nursing | Barry’s story

    Blood, prejudice and nursing | Barry’s story

    It's the 1980s, and the first devastating decade of the AIDS pandemic. A young student nurse tests positive for the virus. and this information ends up on the front page of his local newspaper. A tale of fear and prejudice. but also of great courage, and love. 

    • 28 min
    Great Aussie Cons | My Mother The Spy

    Great Aussie Cons | My Mother The Spy

    Mercia Masson, one of Australia’s longest serving undercover ASIO agents, spied on her communist friends, while her only daughter remained in the dark. 

    • 28 min
    Great Aussie Cons | The Lady Imposter

    Great Aussie Cons | The Lady Imposter

    A clever young street urchin disguises herself as aristocracy.  She inconveniently finds herself in a convict cell in Tasmania - but only temporarily.  Then it's onto the streets of 1850’s Melbourne to continue her deception. 

    • 29 min
    Great Aussie Cons | The Qantas Con

    Great Aussie Cons | The Qantas Con

    Richard Roxburgh  heads back to 1970’s Australia . And up 20,000 feet.

    Qantas flight 755 from Sydney to Hong Kong, is threatened by a terrifying phone call. 

    The public watch the sky above Sydney as a Boeing 707 circles for hours.  Fuel running dangerously low

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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Listening from Boston

Glad I found this Australian history. There is so much to learn and it is so well told. Thank you!

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5 stars are Bourne!

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A really interesting look at Aus' history

I can't believe there isn't a review for this! This is a great podcast broadly about Australian history and often manages to be topical to today as well. I love seeing new episodes of this show up in my feed and feel like I know a little more about the country when I've finished an episode.

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