The medal that spoke
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1w ago
In 1805,  Maori chief Te Pahi  was gifted a silver medal by Sydney Governor Philip Gidley King. He had come from Aotearoa to establish trade. But  the medal then disappeared. Two centuries later, Te Pahi's medal resurfaced – in a Sydney auction house ..read more
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The unspoken story of Isabel Pepper
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
3w ago
Producer Fiona Pepper had always known her great grandmother died far too young, but until recently, she never knew the full story ..read more
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Secrets and Lies | My year behind the Iron Curtain
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
3w ago
At the height of the Cold War a New Zealand teenager is sent to a hospital in the Soviet Union to grow new fingers on her left hand. Sounds like fiction? This actually happened to Miranda Jakich and she tells her tale on The History Listen ..read more
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Finding our father, Harry Valentine
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1M ago
Hidden family truths are discovered as two sisters follow the trail of their late fathers' secret life ..read more
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Green Mountain plane crash
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1M ago
It's the 19th February 1937, and a  Stinson passenger plane leaves Brisbane for a routine flight to Sydney, but it never arrives. Instead, its disappearance sparks one of the most extensive air searches in Australia ..read more
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The Unknown Sailor - a wartime mystery
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1M ago
A lost ship, A lost sailor, a lost identity. In November 1941 as war drew closer to Australia. the HMAS Sydney and its crew of 645 sailors disappeared off the Western Australian coast after being ambushed by a German raider. Months later the body of a sailor washed up on tiny Christmas Island and was laid to rest by locals. Half a century on this unknown sailor would help unravel the mystery of how the pride of Australia’s navy just vanished ..read more
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The confidence men: conjuring up a wartime escape
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
2M ago
What if the only tool you had to escape from a prisoner-of-war camp in WW1 was a homemade Ouija board? The story of a wild and elegant hoax concocted by two British soldier POWs to hoodwink their captors ..read more
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Tupaia - star navigator of the Pacific
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
2M ago
In 1768 when James Cook sailed from Tahiti looking for the great southern land, Tupaia, a traditional Polynesia navigator was on board. His knowledge proved invaluable to Cook and his sailing skills astounded the crew. What role did Tupaia actually play in the voyage and why haven't we heard heard about him ..read more
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Retracing the sailors' walk
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
2M ago
March 1797. Five British sailors and 12 Indian seamen are shipwrecked off the Gippsland coast in Victoria The closest settlement is the penal colony of Port Jackson, over 700 km north - the men have no choice but to walk to Sydney. Two centuries later, historian Mark McKenna and naturalist John Blay retrace the sailors' steps, to re-imagine the journey and the cultural encounters with the original inhabitants on this country.  This is one of Australia's greatest survival stories and cross cultural encounters. Two centuries later, historian Mark McKenna and naturalist John B ..read more
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Last Light - the Valentich disappearance
The History Listen
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
2M ago
A young pilot. A distress call. A missing plane. What happened to Frederick Valentich in October 1978 ..read more
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