The Ides of March: Part 3
Henry Parkes has won. Prince Alfred’s would-be assassin, Henry O’Farrell, is dead. The only problem is that he wasn’t a Fenian. After the execution, Parkes is forced to use every trick in the book as he enters the poli
The Ides of March: Part 2
Convinced that the Fenian Brotherhood is operating in Australia, and was behind the attempt to assassinate Prince Alfred at Clontarf, Sir Henry Parkes starts his own police squad — nicknamed “Parkes’s bloodhounds” — to
The Somerton Man
1948: An unidentified man is found poisoned on a beach in South Australia against the backdrop of Russian spy rings operating in Australia, the formation of ASIO, and secret British weapons tests at Woomera.
Cloak & Dagger 1: Aum Shinrikyo
In April 1993, members of the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo moved to an isolated farm in Western Australia where they established a chemical weapons factory in preparation for a Sarin gas attack on the Tok
You’ve heard of Gallipoli, but have you heard of the Emu War?
Or the war of vengeance against the Mad Mahdi of Sudan?
Do you know who was made the Lord of Armageddon after WWI?
This episode, we look at three unusual, lesser known confl
What happens when 238 settlers described as the “misfits, failures, and malcontents of the left wing of Australian democracy” leave Australia in the aftermath of a brutal shearers strike and attempt to found a socialist utopia in
While Jeronimus Cornelisz reigns over the wreck survivors on a tiny island, Pelsaert and Jacobsz are stuck with each other in a tiny boat on the way to Indonesia. Cornelisz knows that if the authorities are told about the wreck, his part in the
In the mid-17th century, when an unmapped Australia was still only known as Terra Australis Incognita, a Dutch East India Company vessel wrecked off the West coast, only days before mutineers could seize the ship in a bloody uprising.
In part 2 we’re almost ready for the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but dissent is making its way through the New Guard while Jack Lang’s success as Premier continues to haunt Eric Campbell.
Around the world, fascists are gaining populari
It’s 1932 in Sydney: The Harbour Bridge is almost complete after nine years and the whole country continues to struggle with the economic disaster of the previous decade.
But for well-heeled Sydney lawyer and ex-WWI officer Eric Campbell, the b
After double-crossing the rebel administration, William Bligh escapes Sydney on a naval warship, determined to take back the colony.
As Bligh sails off to his rendezvous with destiny, feuding with everyone he meets on the way, Macarthur and Joh
As news of the overthrow and arrest of William Bligh trickles back to England, Sir Joseph Banks mounts a PR offensive against the military junta now running New South Wales. Meanwhile, tensions simmer in the colony as pro-Bligh loyalists start
“And who that is just has anything to dread?” — John MacArthur,
January 25, 1808.
Over the course of 18 months, William Bligh systematically and
relentlessly hammered the colony of New South Wales into a society
that better fit his vision for A
Governor William Bligh arrives in Sydney in 1806 with instructions from the English government to crack down on John MacArthur and the NSW Corps. Using a combination of insults, tantrums and home demolitions, Bligh harnesses his volcanic temper
After shooting his commanding officer in a duel, John MacArthur is shipped off back to London to face disciplinary action. Landing in an England wracked by Napoleonic war fervour, Macarthur gambles everything on an audacious business proposal t
In 1790, the rotting prison hulks of the disastrous second fleet limp into Sydney Harbour. Among the new arrivals is penniless British army officer John Macarthur, a lieutenant in the Rum Corps who duelled the captain of his ship before it even
In the same year that the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales, the French Revolution erupted and a series of increasingly bloodthirsty regimes took power in Paris, culminating in the rise of Napoleon. Disturbed by the unpredictability of th
British naval officer William Bligh was used to mutinies at sea, his most famous one happening aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789. But on Australia Day 1808, 20 years after the first fleet made landfall in Sydney, he experienced his first mutiny on
In 1942, the supposedly unconquerable island Singapore falls to the Imperial Japanese Army and 80,000 allied soldiers are taken prisoner. One of the POWs is Australian 2GB presenter Charles Cousens, the host of popular radio shows including “Re
As white settlement spreads beyond Port Jackson, Aboriginal tribes band together under the leadership of Pemulwuy, who was said to have been at the head of every raiding party to hit the colony until his death in 1802. Meanwhile, Bennelong beco
Governor Phillip began his term as a pacifist, urging restraint even after being speared through the shoulder by an Aboriginal in 1790. But a few short months later, he sent a squad of marines on two punitive expeditions to kill and decapitate
The war for Australia lasted almost 150 years. The first shots were fired in a time before locomotives or electricity; the last casualties died in a world of aeroplanes and cinema. Before the bloodshed, a naval veteran named Arthur Phillip, a w
During Australia’s first royal tour in 1868, Prince Alfred is shot in the back at a charity picnic. In the aftermath, one politician makes it his personal mission to uncover an international conspiracy behind the attempted assassination, and sa
One was a charming con artist who was a master of forgery and seduction.The other a deranged murderer who brutally killed two of his wives and four of his children. Two criminals who made their names, and sealed their fates, in Australia – but
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