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Forgotten Australia

Forgotten Australia

Forgotten Australia

Created by Michael Adams, author of The Murder Squad and Hanging Ned Kelly, Forgotten Australia delves deep into bloody crimes, dark histories, unsolved mysteries, eccentric personalities and bizarre happenings that are almost always stranger than fiction. Each episode brings to life people and events that were once known to everyone but are now barely remembered by anyone. Based on intensive original research, Forgotten Australia is crafted with a novelist’s eye for character and detail to create gripping narratives that sound so fresh it's like they're ripped from today's headlines. This is the history you wish you’d been taught in school.


You can get early ad-free access and bonus Forgotten Australia episodes by subscribing at Apple or supporting at Patreon.



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247 - The Forgotten Man – Part One: The Murder
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  • 247 - The Forgotten Man – Part One: The Murder

    In September 1935, John Smillie was shot dead in his taxi in western Sydney.


    Who had murdered this war veteran, loving husband and doting father? Was it a robbery gone wrong? A maniac with a grudge against cabbies? Or was he the victim of mistaken identity in a vicious gangland war?


    The Forgotten Man is an incredible tale of murder and mystery, fact and fantasy, insanity and injustice, which unfolded over nearly half a century.


    This four-part miniseries concludes with an unexpected revelation from one of Australia’s most respected journalists, who joins us with his recollections of covering this story early in his career.


    To support the show and get access to all episodes ad-free, get access to bonus shows and get a show shout-out:


    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia

    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia


    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com


    Check out my books:

    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185

    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504



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    Tue, 16 Jul 2024 - 48min
  • 246 - The Comic Book Killer

    From 1946, Sydney’s Leonard Lawson was a hero to kids for creating the comic book The Lone Avenger. But in reality the young artist was a psychopathic villain responsible for crimes far more terrible than anything in his stories. For five decades, Lawson would outrage the nation by destroying innocent lives and making a mockery of the law’s ability to control violent offenders.


    I’ve re-released The Comic Book Killer in anticipation of my new miniseries, The Forgotten Man, which will be out from next week. Not only does The Comic Book Killer fit with this season’s theme of Crimes That Shocked Australia, it also crosses over with The Forgotten Man in strange and significant ways.


    To support Forgotten Australia:

    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia

    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia


    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com


    Check out my books:

    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185

    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504




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    Fri, 12 Jul 2024 - 38min
  • 245 - Weachurch: Werewolf of Pentridge – Part Three

    A year after he's 'disappeared' into a solitary cage at Pentridge, Weachurch makes a last stab at freedom... and leaves behind a haunting legacy of resistance to injustice.


    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com


    Check out my books:

    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185

    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504



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    Fri, 28 Jun 2024 - 45min
  • 244 - Weachurch: Werewolf of Pentridge – Part Two

    *Due to an incorrect audio upload error, I'm re-releasing Part Two – this is the correct audio*


    With Weachurch’s pleas for justice ignored and obstructed as he has punishments piled upon him illegally, he takes desperate action against him enemies again... and again... and again.


    This never-before-told story is based on extensive research in archival files. It’s made possible by Ancestry’s sponsorship and by supporter contributions.


    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia

    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia


    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com


    Check out my books:

    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185

    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504



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    Thu, 27 Jun 2024 - 44min
  • 242 - Weachurch: Werewolf of Pentridge – Part One

    *New episode* A century before Mark ‘Chopper’ Read became infamous in Pentridge, a convict named Weachurch struck terror into that prison’s warders and from behind its bluestone walls he loomed large as an Australian boogeyman. Weachurch’s attacks were so bloodthirsty that he was dubbed a ‘human tiger’ – a ‘wehrwolf’ – and he was kept in a cage in between court trials for attempted murder. If convicted, he faced the hangman. But Weachurch risked the noose because he was a rebel with a cause: he wanted the public to hear about his illegal detention and the barbaric treatment he suffered ‘outside the regulations’.

    To some he was a monster. To others a martyr. To himself he was unbreakable.


    This never-before-told story is based on extensive research in archival files. It’s made possible by Ancestry’s sponsorship and by supporter contributions.


    Parts 2 and 3 will be on general release soon.

    They’re available now to Apple and Patreon supporters:


    Apple - http://apple.co/forgottenaustralia

    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenAustralia


    Email: forgottenaustraliapodcast@gmail.com


    Check out my books:

    Hanging Ned Kelly @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/hanging-ned-kelly-by-michael-adams-9781922992185

    The Murder Squad @ Dymocks

    https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-murder-squad-by-michael-adams-9781923046504





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    Mon, 24 Jun 2024 - 52min
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