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History • Society-and-culture

New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.

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Finding Eve Langley, writing a life

Dec 14 • 34:55

Commemorating James Stirling?

Dec 7 • 29:21
The statue of Western Australia's first governor, Captain James Stirling, in central Perth is hard to miss; there's also a mountain range, a suburban municipality and even a school named after him. But as the state looks towards its bicentenary in 2029, new questions are being asked about James Stirling, including his involvement in frontier violence and in the British sla...

Caribbean Convicts in Australia

Nov 30 • 28:35
In 1836, the convict ship the Moffatt left Portsmouth harbour in England to travel halfway around the world to the colony of NSW. On board were eighteen convicts from the West Indies, including former slaves William Buchanan and Richard Holt.

Jamaica born, Sydney based author Sienna Brown goes on a deep dive into the archives to uncover the little known history of these men...

Respect! - the 1986 Nurses Strike

Nov 23 • 28:35

150 years at the Art Gallery of NSW

Nov 16 • 28:35


Nov 9 • 29:12
Nazi collaborator is a label that still resonates in Belgium 75 years after the end of the Second World War.  Peter Lenaerts grew up listening to his grandmother’s stories, about her brother Paul and how, one night in September 1944, he was dragged out of bed and nearly killed by an angry mob, about her brother Bert, who volunteered and fought in the horrors of the Eastern...

Brother artist Hosea Easton

Nov 2 • 36:48

Henson Park: the eighth wonder

Oct 26 • 28:35
History, tragedy, and triumph. Marrickville’s Henson Park is an icon of Sydney's inner west.

But before the unshakable Newtown Jets footy fans called it home, the community oval was a giant hole in the ground supplying Sydney's building boom.

When at least nine children drowned at the site, council took charge and began to dream big. It paid off for them when their hidden ...

May Wirth: bareback riding queen

Oct 19 • 28:35

Pentridge prison: a violent past and complicated present

Oct 12 • 28:36
There's a brutal history behind the imposing walls of Melbourne's Pentridge prison, stretching from 1851 right up until its closure in 1997. Today there's a playground, supermarket, cinema and apartments on site – but not everyone's happy about it. Those who know Pentridge best offer their answers to a difficult question: how should you treat a site with such a violent pas...

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