The Ides of March: Part 1

The Ides of March: Part 1 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…

Frontier Wars (Part 2)

Frontier Wars (Part 2)

Frontier Wars (Part 2) 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…

Frontier Wars (Part 1)

Frontier Wars (Part 1)

Frontier Wars (Part 1) 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…

The Ides of March: Part 3

The Ides of March: Part 3

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…

The Ides of March: Part 2

The Ides of March: Part 2

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

The Somerton Man

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 2: Jack the Ripper

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,…

Cloak & Dagger 1: Aum Shinrikyo

Cloak & Dagger 1: Aum Shinrikyo

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…

Odd Wars

Odd Wars 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…

New Australia

New Australia

New Australia 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 the…