Episodes
WWII Aussie coastwatcher Reg Evans rescued John F. Kennedy in the Pacific in 1943 but his world-changing role in history would be left out of media articles and campaign propaganda that sought to emphasise Jack’s war heroism. It wasn’t until a little Sydney magazine started digging some 17 years later that the truth about the man who’d saved the life of the 35th President of the United States began to emerge. This is the conclusion and it's a story of wartime bravery, alleged Nazi spies, West...
Published 05/22/20
Sixty years ago this month JFK won the West Virginia primary — a decisive moment for his campaign — and he did so with a low-blow political move meant to showcase him as a naval war hero. But not even JFK knew the truth behind the story that was to help him capture the White House — that he was only alive thanks to the work of a mysterious Australian coastwatcher. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz     See acast.com/privacy for privacy and...
Published 05/15/20
1933: Eric Roland Craig goes to trial. But with a strong defence and shaky witnesses, will he be sent to the gallows? This is a finale with shock verdicts, a daring escape and one last tragic death. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 05/01/20
1933: Detained on suspicion he's the Park Demon, former soldier Eric Roland Craig makes a startling if frustrating confession. CIB detectives are aggressive in their interrogations and investigations, but do they really have enough evidence to charge him with the murders of both May Miller and Bessie O’Connor? For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 05/01/20
John Kinsela is an Aboriginal man, a Vietnam veteran, a two-time Olympic wrestler and a survivor of PTSD and cancer who was awarded the OAM in 2017 for his work with Circle Sentencing, a western Sydney initiative to keep Indigenous offenders out of the prison system where possible. I spoke with him about growing up in poverty in the 1950s, the road to the Mexico City Olympics in 1968, seeing combat in Vietnam two years later, being at the Munich Games in 1972 when Israeli athletes were...
Published 04/24/20
Published 04/24/20
1932: As the Red Year ends, the Park Demon eludes police until Det-Sgt Thomas McRae joins the CIB's murder squad and scores a breakthrough that leads to a man being taken into custody. But is their suspect an unlucky creep or a calculating serial killer? For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 04/19/20
1932: Bodyline begins — and bodies pile up in Sydney as young women are murdered by a man dubbed The Park Demon. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 04/12/20
1932: coroner Mr E.A. May investigates the strangling of Hilda White, the manslaughter of Constables Bush and McCunn, and the hammer murder of Claude Saywell. Meanwhile, the Tin Hares scandal comes to a head, half a dozen more names are added to the death list and Sydney is stunned by the discovery of another dead woman in a city park. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 04/05/20
1932: two police constables meet tragedy on the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the man suspected of Hilda White's murder is arrested and put into Long Bay Gaol, where he shares a wing with William Moxley, who's counting down the days until he hangs. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 03/31/20
1932: Alfred Lockyer claims the police tried to make him confess and kill himself so they can clear the Dorothy Thorne mystery and another young woman is murdered in what Truth newspaper calls a “Carnival Of Killing”. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 03/25/20
1932: had William Moxley actually murdered Frank Wilkinson on orders from Tilly Devine as part of her gang war with Kate Leigh? And had Claude Saywell’s interest in the Tin Hares led to his brains being battered out in his bedroom? For more: www.forgottenaustralia and facebook.com/forgottenoz   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 03/20/20
1932: Sydney woman Dorothy Thorne dies is agony after being poisoned. While detectives investigate, convicted murderer William Moxley tries to evade the noose, Sydney is shocked by another double shotgun slaughter and a newspaper makes an extraordinary allegation – on the very same day a new murder victim’s body is discovered. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 03/13/20
1932: William Moxley goes to trial for the murders of Frank Wilkinson and Dorothy Denzel, Catherine O’Byrne faces court for shooting her ex-lover dead on a Sydney street and the city’s tabloid newspapers embark on a war of words over the stalled Saywell “Hammer Horror” case. To see photos and newspaper articles from Forgotten Australia episodes: www.forgottenaustralia.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 03/06/20
1932: as Premier Jack Lang faces off with fascists and the federal government, William Moxley awaits trial for the slaughter of the sweethearts, Jack Saywell tries to use the tabloid newspapers to convince Sydney he didn't kill his father with a hammer and a vicious razor murderer claims temporary madness turned him into an "automatic slayer". For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 02/28/20
1932: as the victims of the Hammer Horror fight for their lives, accused sweetheart slayer William Moxley makes a startling claim to innocence and the newly opened Sydney Harbour Bridge becomes the scene of the first of dozens of tragic deaths. With the bleakest winter of the Great Depression approaching, two more murderous monsters stir — while a made-up movie monster stalks the city streets. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit...
Published 02/20/20
1932: as Dorothy's body is found and her killer caught, another maniac strikes — this time in the dead of night in the bedroom of an eastern suburbs mansion, in a crime that Truth newspaper will label “The Hammer Horror”. See photos and get more info: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 02/14/20
1932: four murderers stalk the city that’s just celebrated the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as it also grapples with the worsening Great Depression and NSW Premier Jack Lang at war with the Federal Government and the fascistic New Guard. Episode one investigates the case of two young sweethearts killed in a lonely bit of Sydney bushland. For more: www.forgottenaustralia.com and www.facebook.com/forgottenoz For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 02/14/20
Having achieved fame as a fashion model in Paris and London by 1935, Margaret Vyner set her sights on the movies — finding her first substantial film role in the most unexpected place, just as she’d soon meet the love of her life when she least expected it. But the Second World War would change everything — and by the 1950s Margaret would have to reinvent herself yet again to survive. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit...
Published 02/07/20
In August 1934 — more than half a century before Elle Macpherson was dubbed “The Body” by Time magazine — Sydney teenager Margaret Vyner was acclaimed as Australia’s first supermodel after she appeared at Paris fashion parades as muse to legendary French designer Jean Patou. But with the Second World War bearing down, plucky Margaret would have to be more than just a pretty face and figure to fulfill her dreams of living a charmed life. For more information. www.forgottenaustralia.com For...
Published 01/31/20
After helping to catch serial killer Mad Mossy, Tracker Riley became Australia's most-decorated Aboriginal policeman, yet he still faced racism — with tragic circumstances. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 01/12/20
In the Dubbo region in the mid-to-late 1930s, Aboriginal tracker Alexander Riley worked three high-profile murder investigations — including bringing serial killer "Mad Mossy" to justice. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 01/04/20
For nearly 40 years, Aboriginal tracker Alexander Riley chased down thieves, fugitives and murderers in outback NSW — and saved the lives of many people who’d become lost in the harsh landscape. Among Tracker Riley's famous cases were the frustrating manhunt for Roy Governor, known as “the last of the bushrangers”, and collecting grisly evidence against “Mad Mossy”, one of Australia’s most deranged serial killers. For more information: www.forgottenaustralia.com For information regarding...
Published 12/28/19
On an October night in 1938 the Rothbury coal mine was rocked by a series of bomb explosions — but the real story was whether The Daily Telegraph had known this sabotage was going to happen but didn’t tell police for the sake of a front-page scoop. This is rabbit-hole mystery revolving around a Gallipoli-Digger-turned-crook-turned-tabloid-reporter, a detective who’d taken on killers, kidnappers and fascists, and a NSW police commissioner protecting the interests of his mate Frank Packer as he...
Published 12/19/19
After police opened fire on miners at Rothbury on 16 December 1929, killing one man and seriously wounding several more, the battle for the hearts and minds of the Australian public began in the NSW and federal parliaments and in the conservative and leftist newspapers. The most striking image was a Daily Telegraph Pictorial front-page photo that showed a policeman firing over the heads of the crowd. But, as this instalment reveals, this was a fake that conveniently endorsed the official...
Published 12/15/19