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Australian History: Brilliant stories from Australia's past!
28 Episodes
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Australia has a number of massive continuous barrier fences, built by farmers and pastorlists  from the late 1800's, to try and control the movement of native and introduced pests that were threatening their land and stock.We’re going to look at the development & operation of the massive Dingo Fence, the longest wild dog exclusion barrier, now running as a continuous line across 3 states, over more than 5400 kilometres (3350 miles).                        (52 mins)  www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!Help support the show
We’re continuing our look at the convict era, in particular, the experiences of women convicts who passed through the Cascades Female Factory, in Hobart, Tasmania. After serving their sentences, many became successful members of their communities, and they are representative of the convict women who can be regarded as the literal mothers of the early Anglo-Australian society here.(58 mins) www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!Help support the show
We’re going to look at the female convicts who passed through the Cascades Female Factory, in Hobart, Tasmania, and reflect on the different experience the women convicts may have had, to those of the male convicts. There are both harrowing and hilarious stories to be told about the institution and it’s inmates.  So we’ll focus on the women in that institution in particular, as an example of experiences that might have been familiar to most convict women who were sent out to Australia.  (54 mins)   www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!Help support the show
Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition concluded, and the last of the expeditioners arrived back in Adelaide in February, 1914.  A lot had happened, both on the frozen continent and across the world, in the years they had been away.  We wrap up the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration” in this episode, by reflecting on the AAE, on Mawson’s ongoing relationship with the Antarctic, and Australia’s connection to Antarctica.  We’ll also just touch on the outcome of Scott and Amundsen’s attempts on the pole, which took place while Mawson was in the Antarctic, and just for interest, also discuss Shackleton’s return journey, which pretty much brought the Age to a close. (54 Mins) www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!Help support the show
Douglas Mawson’s expedition was well underway, and the teams from the Cape Denison base had returned, after completing their various research programs.  All except Mawson and his team.  They had undertaken the most ambitious and distant trek, and were now overdue.  We turn our attention to the trek Mawson, Ninnis & Mertz undertook for the AAE.  (48 mins) www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!AHP Facebook                         AusHistPod Twitter   australianhistoriespodcast Instagram 
After returning from Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition and despite rejecting any idea of returning to Antarctica, the trauma of his polar trekking faded and Douglas Mawson began to consider all the exploration & discovery that still lay waiting there.  He set about planning the “Australasian Antarctic Expedition”, to undertake an ambitious scientific & survey program for Australia & the Empire.  This time though, the harsh elements would extract a greater cost for giving up it’s secrets.(51 Mins)  www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!AHP Facebook                         AusHistPod Twitter   australianhistoriespodcast Instagram   
Douglas Mawson, who would later become the leader of Australia’s first Antarctic expedition, undertook his first trip to Antarctica as part of Ernest Shackleton’s “Nimrod Expedition”,  1908.  Though he was young and this was his first foray in to the icy territory, his obvious intelligence, robust constitution and leadership skills, marked him out early for momentous work, and he was tasked with joining teams to explore Mt Erebus and to locate the Magnetic South Pole.The following episode will then focus on Mawson’s leadership of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition itself.(52 Mins)  www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!AHP Facebook                         AusHistPod Twitter   australianhistoriespodcast Instagram    
Australia’s first formal expedition to Antarctica in 1911, the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was led by Douglas Mawson, a geologist from Adelaide University.  This episode we’ll look at what brought Mawson to the Antarctic, and at the earlier British expeditions that helped scaffold Mawson’s later venture.  The following episodes will focus on Mawson’s first trip South with Shackleton and then look in detail at the Australasian Antarctic Expedition itself.(50 Mins)  www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!AHP Facebook                         AusHistPod Twitter   australianhistoriespodcast Instagram   
The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge: After a surprisingly long gestation, it’s path to construction threads through the history, of growth & colonial settlement in Sydney, including the political machinations at state, federal and even international levels.   And that’s before we even consider the working of more than 6 million rivets into the impressive steel structure, now recognisable as a beautiful work of engineering, which Crocodile Dundee spent his early life painting! (60 mins) www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!AHP Facebook                         AusHistPod Twitter   australianhistoriespodcast Instagram   
We're retelling the story of the first encounters of the new British arrivals, in Australia in the 1780s onwards, with our wonderful Platypus, the kerfuffle caused when Platypus specimens were sent back to Europe, and we’ll be reminded of the Platypuses’ place in the development of Darwin’s theory, and of our World War 2 relations with the England. (45 mins)www.australianhistoriespodcast.com.auBrilliant stories from Australia’s past!AHP Facebook       australianhistoriespodcast Instagram      AusHistPod Twitter
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Rob Pedder

Loved this! It is just so well written and paints a vivid picture.

Sep 25th
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