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Australia is a land of many people, beautiful landscapes and culture. But behind the tourist commercial is an unexplained strangeness. Join Matthew and Holly each week as they discuss legends of Outback serial killers, UFO's and Monsters lurking in the bush.
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Australia is famous for a few things, most of which will kill you: Sun, Surf, Snakes, and Spiders. We've already covered most of the others, so why not focus on those creatures that feature in the most populous of fears: arachnophobia. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into some of the most interesting spiders on this continent, some interesting stories about them, and maybe learn a thing or two about our little helpful garden mates.
The story of Jimmy Governor and his family is a particularly interesting story. Born in the world of the colonies and dying just short of the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia, this is the story of Australia's Indigenous outlaws who rebelled against the bigots in their life, only to find themselves on the wrong side of the law.Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the life and times of the Governor Clan, and their legacy in the newly-born country.
The story of Jimmy Governor and his family is a particularly interesting story. Born in the world of the colonies and dying just short of the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia, this is the story of Australia's Indigenous outlaws who rebelled against the bigots in their life, only to find themselves on the wrong side of the law.Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the life and times of the Governor Clan, and their legacy in the newly-born country.
At around 6.10pm on Oct 4, 1960, Anglican Minister Rev Lionel Browning and his wife were standing in their dining room, in the rectory at Cressy, Tas. They were looking east towards the hills, which were partially obscured by low clouds and rain, thus forming a rainbow in the setting sunlight.
Anyone who spends a decent amount of time on the wholesome side of the internet knows there are 3 pillars of society that the internet looks up to. These three pillars are men who have made an impression on the people who watched their shows, and encourage them to do their very best. These three men are Bob Ross, Fred Rogers, and Steve Irwin. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the life of the late, great Steve Irwin, his relationship with animals and people, and his self-proclaimed view of money.
Anyone who spends a decent amount of time on the wholesome side of the internet knows there are 3 pillars of society that the internet looks up to. These three pillars are men who have made an impression on the people who watched their shows, and encourage them to do their very best. These three men are Bob Ross, Fred Rogers, and Steve Irwin. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the life of the late, great Steve Irwin, his relationship with animals and people, and his self-proclaimed view of money.
When Adelaide was constructed, planners were sure that, being a free colony without convicts, there would be no crime. How wrong they were...Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the first murder in a government building in Adelaide, and the many voices that saw it happen.
Monsters have been seen on the Australian continent all over, not just in NSW and Victoria. Join Holly and Matthew as they get on the trail of 3 such creatures, and the legends that have sprung up around them.
Australia's record protecting children of all nationalities is poor at best, and nothing makes this more obvious than even a cursory glance at the history of the Australian Catholic Church. For decades, people have been abandoning organised religion Could it have something to do with the power and control abusers have displayed over victims, cushioned in the bosom of the Church?Join Holly and Matthew as they take a deep look into the history of the Australian Catholic Church as presented to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and highlight two of the most shocking cases of long-form rape and abuse to come out of the proceedings...Final episode of the series.
Australia's record protecting children of all nationalities is poor at best, and nothing makes this more obvious than even a cursory glance at the history of the Australian Catholic Church. For decades, people have been abandoning organised religion Could it have something to do with the power and control abusers have displayed over victims, cushioned in the bosom of the Church?Join Holly and Matthew as they take a deep look into the history of the Australian Catholic Church as presented to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and highlight two of the most shocking cases of long-form rape and abuse to come out of the proceedings...
Australia's record protecting children of all nationalities is poor at best, and nothing makes this more obvious than even a cursory glance at the history of the Australian Catholic Church. For decades, people have been abandoning organised religion Could it have something to do with the power and control abusers have displayed over victims, cushioned in the bosom of the Church?Join Holly and Matthew as they take a deep look into the history of the Australian Catholic Church as presented to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and highlight two of the most shocking cases of long-form rape and abuse to come out of the proceedings...
Stop me if you've heard this one. Agent Smith, General Zod and Aldrich Killian walk into a pub...Australia is a land of contrasts: Surf and sand, cold beer and hot days, gay bashings and a cult film about a trio of drag queens...Wait, what?In 1994, a small film made by a bunch of guerrilla filmmakers rewrote what being gay, transgender or a drag queen meant to the Australian public at large. From the feather boas to the famous 'Thong Dress', Priscilla made a splash that can be measured on the Australian consciousness, in our tolerance for those of the 'other'. Join Matthew and Holly as they do a deep-dive into the world of Priscilla, the context of the shoot, and its impact around the world.
Stop me if you've heard this one. Agent Smith, General Zod and Aldrich Killian walk into a pub...Australia is a land of contrasts: Surf and sand, cold beer and hot days, gay bashings and a cult film about a trio of drag queens...Wait, what?In 1994, a small film made by a bunch of guerrilla filmmakers rewrote what being gay, transgender or a drag queen meant to the Australian public at large. From the feather boas to the famous 'Thong Dress', Priscilla made a splash that can be measured on the Australian consciousness, in our tolerance for those of the 'other'. Join Matthew and Holly as they do a deep-dive into the world of Priscilla, the context of the shoot, and its impact around the world.
Between 1975 and 1999, dozens of men across Sydney found themselves the victims of assaults and murders. In 1988, Scott Johnson died off the cliffs of Manly. His body was found naked, and an investigation went underway.30 years, 3 inquests and a public campaign later, his killer was close to hand. The investigation into Scott Johnson's murder uncovered many other men who lost their lives in similar fashion. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the deaths known as the Sydney Cliff Murders, or the Gay Hate decades.
Between 1975 and 1999, dozens of men across Sydney found themselves the victims of assaults and murders. In 1988, Scott Johnson died off the cliffs of Manly. His body was found naked, and an investigation went underway. 30 years, 3 inquests and a public campaign later, his killer was close to hand. The investigation into Scott Johnson's murder uncovered many other men who lost their lives in similar fashion. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the deaths known as the Sydney Cliff Murders, or the Gay Hate decades.
Between 1975 and 1999, dozens of men across Sydney found themselves the victims of assaults and murders. In 1988, Scott Johnson died off the cliffs of Manly. His body was found naked, and an investigation went underway. 30 years, 3 inquests and a public campaign later, his killer was close to hand. The investigation into Scott Johnson's murder uncovered many other men who lost their lives in similar fashion. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the deaths known as the Sydney Cliff Murders, or the Gay Hate decades.
It’s October 1, 1980, in the early morning in Victorian farm country. The sounds of cattle aren't entirely out of place in the area of Rosedale, VIC and one farm hand on the White Acres cattle station decided to investigate a small disturbance to the herd at about 1 am. The tone of the animals was strange, loud and unusual. Something was messing with the herd, causing them distress.Join Holly and Matthew as they look into one of Australia's most mysterious encounters, and the circumstances surrounding it...
When Europeans first set foot in Botany Bay, the local populations found their homes, their foods ounces and their lives under immediate threat. Some sought to negotiate; some fled. Still others stood their ground, and became a thorn in the side of the British Empire. This is one such story. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the scant and biased histories of the era, and seek out the truth on a 210-year vendetta.
How did a criminal on the run result in the election of Pauline Hanson in the 1990s? Why did a man and some photos turn the public against the police? Just who is the Drop-in-Bandit?Join Holly and Matthew as they look into Brendan Abbott and his crime-sprees.
Cockatoo Island, situated deep inside Sydney Harbour, has had continual use since time immemorial. Originally a sacred site, the island became a penal colony, a shipyard, and now a tourist location. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the history of the site, and the stories of ghosts that haunt the island's many buildings.
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stephen martin

Love This Podcast. I Love Learning About Australian History and Having Fun Doing It.

Oct 15th
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mia norris

I thought Me a crawley was part aboriginal and another reason she didn't go out much after her husband died was because she was looked down upon for her indigeousness and people were only nice to her out of respect for her husband. horrible I know

May 18th
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mia norris

I've actually stayed there overnight. it was pretty cool....i didn't see any ghosts even when I snuck out after everyone had gone to bed!! some rooms definately had a sinister feel especially the room where the eldest son resided. oh and by the way Matthew, my grandfather was born in....you guessed it, Tumut!!! My great grandmother was the publican at the woolpack hotel when it was by the river. tumut rocks and so do u guys!!

May 18th
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Sue Frew

👏👏👏👏 Thankyou for 100 fantastic episodes and many laughs. You guys rock!!!

May 5th
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mia norris

this is the funniest episode hands down. thanks for making my day. you guys rock

Apr 11th
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Sue Frew

Agree Holly, why change to outlook, still have my hotmail ☺.

Jan 14th
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Clint Hart

I thought this sounded pretty good, but it's really just a couple of numb nuts having a conversation about thing's they don't know much about and have done little real research on I listened to the Sydney harbour bridge today and thought they were very disrespectful to the men who died building it. and is it really necessary to drop the f word all the time. there are podcasts out there that are better researched and more professionally presented covering the same subjects.

Dec 14th
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mia norris

also...do a show about Secret Valley....pretty please

Dec 11th
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mia norris

guys....blinky bill, dot had a kangaroo and Skippy was stuffed...didn't you see fast forward? "Awwww jeez Skip" 😂😂😂😂 great episode

Dec 11th
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Kirsten Baumhover

great podcast! there were a few things I caught that were inaccurate. The shooting in Dunblane Scotland took place in March 1996, and Martin Bryant was interested to find out if he had killed more people than had died at Dunblane. The Columbine shooting wasn't the same year as Dunblane and Port Arthur, it was April 20th 1999. Eric Harris was the one who had the 24 year old girlfriend (Dave Cullen's book on Columbine is such an interesting and detailed book, highly recommend!) Eric Harris was deffo a psychopath. Lastly, WASP stands for White Anglo Saxon Protestants. Not meaning to come across as rude, but knowledge is power!

Sep 12th
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J

Dingoes aren't contained to WA. You can find them less than 45 minutes south of Canberra in Namadgi NP.

Aug 27th
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