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History — As You've Never Heard It Before
About this podcast
History — As You've Never Heard It Before
The Human Glove Mystery – Part One
Here is the bumper Season 4 premiere. While a lot of Australians have heard of the Pyjama Girl and Shark Arm Cases, this one somehow slipped out of popular memory. Yet it has it all: a grim Depression-era murder, a body part in the water that led to the victim's identification via incredible forensics, a grisly public exhibition of said evidence and even another killing tied up with the accused murderer. Part Two is out next week – or you can hear it now by becoming a Patreon supporter – www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Human Glove Mystery Preview + Season 4 Trailer
Season 4 starts on Monday 1 March with The Human Glove Mystery. In this trailer you'll hear a preview of this bizarre true-crime case, along with teasers for upcoming episodes, the prologue to the audiobook of Australia's Sweetheart and details about how you can get ad-free early and exclusive bonus content by becoming a Patreon subscriber. As always, thanks for listening — and for your support. www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Woolworths Bombings — Finale: Go Out With A Bang
With Greg McHardie on the loose, there's another Woolworths bombing. Is the fugitive out for revenge or is he leading a far more laidback life? Even if his plans to leave the country don't come off, is there a jail that can hold him? In any case, both Greg and Larry aren't destined to stay behind bars long because that's just how NSW works See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Woolworths Bombings — Part Eight: Larry's Last Stand
In this, the second-last instalment of this special series, Greg McHardie is as free as a bird after his audacious Easter escape from Parramatta Jail. That leaves consummate entertainer and storyteller Larry Danielson to give the performance of his life for the most importance audience he’s ever faced: a jury of his peers. If you enjoy Forgotten Australia, please leave a rating and review because it helps other people find the show. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Woolworths Bombings — Part Seven: Man On The Run
As the trial of the alleged Woolworths Bombers gets underway, the jury hears about ransom letters, suspicious clock mechanisms and gelignite bomb explosions — along with jokey European accents, disappearing Ford Falcons and the provenance of a gaudy blue safari suit. Witnesses include the accused men’s family and friends, cops both upstanding and corrupt — and a police informer who’ll be revealed as one of Australia’s vilest offenders. With the case against Greg McHardie looking airtight, he'll be damned if he’s going to hang around to be convicted. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Woolworths Bombings — Part Six: Operation Softly Softly
The Task Force’s Operation Softly, Softly circles Larry Danielson in Huskisson — with one of the detectives a Manly mate from the good old Flicks days who gets stuck into the booze while on interrogation duty. Fraught though his outlook is, Larry still has a chance at freedom. But Greg McHardie? He's in for serious time, which turns his mind to a gaol break. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Woolworths Bombings — Part Five: Larry The Larrikin
With Greg McHardie claiming to detectives he’s a dead man if he names those behind the Woolworths bombings, the Task Force turns its attentions to his associates on the South Coast, including his housemate Larry Danielson, a lovable larrikin who made his name as a singer-songwriter in Papua New Guinea before becoming the host with the most at one of the best venues of the emerging Aussie pub rock scene. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Woolworths Bombings — Part Four: Get Benny!
After “Mr Bridge” is caught red-handed with the $1m Woolworths ransom, the suspect tells Task Force detectives he’s only a courier hired for the job. The mastermind’s name? Benny. From that moment on, Sydney’s police, press and public are all on high alert for this flashy character, who has threatened four more store bombings and for whose capture Woolies is offering a $250,000 reward. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Woolworths Bombings — Part Three: Operation Alpha
As 1980 ends and the New Year begins, Woolworths and the NSW police wage a war of nerves with Mr Dunmore over arrangements for the $1m ransom handover. While the extortionist bomber has a cunning plan to get away with the loot, the Task Force’s massive undercover Operation Alpha has set an elaborate trap that’ll end in a showdown on Sydney Harbour. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Woolworths Bombings — Part Two: Keep Calm & Carry On Shopping
After the Christmas Eve bombing of Woolworths' flagship Sydney store, the company awaits contact from the extortionist calling himself Mr Dunmore. Meanwhile, Woolies receives dozens more threats, a beer carton bomb is found in a store and a sensational leak splashes the terrorist’s secret $1m ransom demand all over the media. But what crime reporters don't know is that undercover detectives are already on the trail of man fitting the description of a Woolworths suspect — a man just released after a long prison sentence for Sydney gelignite bombings… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Interview with Allan Duncan — First Police Responder to Woolies Xmas Bomb Threat 1980
On Christmas Eve 1980, young constable Allan Duncan responded to the Woolies Town Hall bomb threat and would be inside the building when the device detonated. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Woolworths Bombings — Part One: Christmas Eve 1980
On Christmas Eve 1980, the Woolworths’ head office in Sydney got a phone call from the man already responsible for two regional store bombings in the past week. An explosive device had been placed in the flagship variety store opposite Town Hall. It was going to detonate in 10 minutes. What followed was like something out of a Hollywood movie. But with its Holden utes and safari suits, beer carton bombs and pub rock gigs, this true-blue true-crime yarn could only have come from Australia. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Australia's First Sporting Heroine — The Marvellous Mrs Douglas: Part Two
On Christmas Eve 1859, Margaret Douglas and Beverley Howard started their epic 1500-mile walking match in Melbourne — which the city’s newspapers did their very best to ignore. Despite such hostility at home, our first sporting heroine would be appreciated by English reporters when she performed her walking feats in London and Liverpool. In this episode we also trace Margaret’s likely identity — and learn how she inspired a rival in Emma Sharp (pictured), who in turn nearly 150 years later inspired a distant relative to undertake a stirring long-distance charity walk in Canberra. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Australia's First Sporting Heroine — The Marvellous Mrs Douglas: Part One
Melbourne’s Margaret Douglas was an endurance pedestrian every bit as remarkable as her Sydney contemporary The Flying Pieman. After stumbling upon a passing reference to her in an 1878 newspaper, I took a deep dive to shine a light on her completely forgotten achievements and examine how she was deliberately excluded from many newspapers of the time and then from a seminal history book that provided a chronology of pedestrianism. In part one we look at the colourful history of women who walked long distances in England and America, the abundance of coverage given to a man who walked 1000 miles in 1000 hours in Melbourne in 1858 and how Victoria's newspapers treated Margaret’s attempts to conquer the same challenge in the city six months later. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Australia's First Sporting Hero — The Flying Pieman: Part Three
Having made his dazzling pedestrian comeback, The Flying Pieman takes another tilt at politics in typical comedic fashion before jolting the Sydney establishment with one last audacious stunt. Feeling his mortality as he enters old age, William Francis King makes a public pledge of love — only for heartbreak to follow. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Australia's First Sporting Hero — The Flying Pieman: Part Two
In September 1847, after crashing out during the challenge to walk 192 miles in 48 hours non-stop, The Flying Pieman takes a second tilt at this epic feat of pedestrianism. But he won’t stop there because he has much bigger dreams that include walking 250 miles in 250 hours, spilling his soul in lectures on social issues and finding a damsel he can call Mrs Pieman. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Australia's First Sporting Hero — The Flying Pieman: Part One
In the 1840s Australia was amazed by the epic pedestrian feats of William Francis King, who was known far and wide as The Flying Pieman. Our first sporting hero, this eccentric celebrity was every bit as famous for his non-stop talking as for his non-stop walking. In this episode we delve into his incredible accomplishments, the larrikin streak that saw him lampoon colonial politics and the tragedies that turned his life into legend. We begin with The Flying Pieman taking on his greatest challenge — walking 192 miles in 48 hours… without stopping for a moment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Australia's First Serial Killer Manhunt — Part Three: Short Shrift And A Stout Rope
In San Francisco in February 1897 a trio of Australian police officers await the arrival of Frank Butler, wanted for the murder of three men in the Blue Mountains and beyond. While they’ll capture the fugitive, their problems are only starting as Butler enjoys his newfound American celebrity, with newspapers printing his every word, thousands of people clamouring to meet him and canny defence attorneys arguing he has no case to answer. It’ll be a life-or-death tug-of-war that’ll include cameos from America’s new president, a world-famous famous boxer and one of Australia’s most beloved actress. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Australia's First Serial Killer Manhunt — Part Two: The Monster Of The Mountains
With the alarm raised about three missing miners, Sydney police begin a massive search of the Blue Mountains. It’s a hunt that draws large crowds of ghoulish spectators, who get more than they bargained for as gruesome discoveries are made. Yet by then suspected murderer Frank Butler is well on his way to San Francisco, forcing Australian detectives to give chase across the seas as American newspapers make a front-page sensation of this “Monster of the Mountains”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Australia's First Serial Killer Manhunt — Part One: The Mysterious Mr Butler
In 1896 a cold-blooded serial killer calling himself Frank Butler advertised for mining partners in Sydney newspapers. Those who went west with him to the Blue Mountains were never seen alive again. Yet one man who escaped Butler’s clutches was to become a police officer — and take part in the manhunt for this monster, a chase that stretched from Sydney to San Francisco and made headlines all over the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.