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Paul Cochrane
The Full Story of the Palace Backpackers Hostel Fire of June 2000
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4.8 stars from 373 ratings
I just finished listening to this podcast. The last episode gave me goosebumps. Not being from Queensland I only have vague memories of hearing about the fire all those years ago on the news during my teenage years. I’m so glad that I now got to hear this story presented in the way it was....Read full review »
dRYasabone via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/10/20
Heartfelt & Well Narrated
Well done Paul. Thank you for telling the story of Childers in such a respectful way. I’ve recommended your podcast to many people.
TLB_MAMA via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/10/20
Thank You
Paul, you have done an amazing podcast. Thank you for reminding us about the bravery, sharing the raw emotion of the survivors, the family’s & the Childers community! I drove past the hostel years before the tragedy, & remember it’s facade. I’ve not been past since, but with your podcast...Read full review »
listener2074 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/10/20
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