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Invisible History unearths the hidden, forgotten and uncelebrated stories in Melbourne's past, and explores how they have shaped people's lives in Melbourne today. Produced by Clare Rawlinson, with additional audio production by Dave Williams.

Latest Episodes

Chapter 4: Skeletons in the closet

A relative of the convicted killer Morris Ansell describes the man he knew as a gentle uncle, long after Ansell served his prison sentence and began his life again in New Zealand.

7 MIN2016 MAR 11
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Chapter 4: Skeletons in the closet

Chapter 3: Someone to blame

Joan stumbles on a description of the killer, Morris Ansell, which challenges her long-held suspicions about the murder. She also reveals how she eventually did track down her mother, and what happened when they met as adults.

5 MIN2016 MAR 11
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Chapter 3: Someone to blame

Chapter 2: Searching for answers

Alfred Atherton's murder case has been kept closed for 75 years, but in January 2016, the Public Records Office of Victoria opened it to its public collection. Joan is able to read the file for the first time, finding it stirs memories of the legacy her mother left her as a child.

6 MIN2016 MAR 11
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Chapter 2: Searching for answers

Making Sense of a Murder, Chapter 1: What Joan knows so far

In the third season of Invisible History, we follow one woman's journey to make sense of her father's murder in 1939, with the central question being what role her mother may have played.

5 MIN2016 MAR 11
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Making Sense of a Murder, Chapter 1: What Joan knows so far

Chapter 5: Keeping the Olympic spirit alive

Despite its challenges, Maxine says there is something keeping her living in the village, and she will never leave.

7 MIN2015 NOV 6
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Chapter 5: Keeping the Olympic spirit alive

Chapter 4: Hard times at home

Maxine's living situation became so traumatic at one point, she went into a deep depression.

6 MIN2015 NOV 6
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Chapter 4: Hard times at home

Chapter 3: Sticking together

Once a week, locals gather to share lunch in the backyard of a Marist Brother's house in the village. They say they may not have much money, but they have each other.

5 MIN2015 NOV 6
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Chapter 3: Sticking together

Chapter 2: 'The Bronx' of Melbourne

In the 1970s, generational disadvantage amongst the community was compounded by the ageing housing stock.

8 MIN2015 NOV 6
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Chapter 2: 'The Bronx' of Melbourne

Our Olympic Village, Chapter 1: an unlikely past

Nearly 60 years after Melbourne hosted the Olympic Games, those living in the old athletes' village still suffer the effects of a rushed development and public housing policies of the time.

6 MIN2015 NOV 6
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Our Olympic Village, Chapter 1: an unlikely past

Chapter 1: The promise of a future

Robert Young begins to retrace the lives of two daring young Indigenous men. Starting at the corner of Franklin and Bowen Streets in Melbourne's CBD, then going back to the early 1800s in Tasmania, Robert discovers the men are closely connected to one of his own ancestors.

7 MIN2015 JUL 2
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Chapter 1: The promise of a future

Latest Episodes

Chapter 4: Skeletons in the closet

A relative of the convicted killer Morris Ansell describes the man he knew as a gentle uncle, long after Ansell served his prison sentence and began his life again in New Zealand.

7 MIN2016 MAR 11
Comments
Chapter 4: Skeletons in the closet

Chapter 3: Someone to blame

Joan stumbles on a description of the killer, Morris Ansell, which challenges her long-held suspicions about the murder. She also reveals how she eventually did track down her mother, and what happened when they met as adults.

5 MIN2016 MAR 11
Comments
Chapter 3: Someone to blame

Chapter 2: Searching for answers

Alfred Atherton's murder case has been kept closed for 75 years, but in January 2016, the Public Records Office of Victoria opened it to its public collection. Joan is able to read the file for the first time, finding it stirs memories of the legacy her mother left her as a child.

6 MIN2016 MAR 11
Comments
Chapter 2: Searching for answers

Making Sense of a Murder, Chapter 1: What Joan knows so far

In the third season of Invisible History, we follow one woman's journey to make sense of her father's murder in 1939, with the central question being what role her mother may have played.

5 MIN2016 MAR 11
Comments
Making Sense of a Murder, Chapter 1: What Joan knows so far

Chapter 5: Keeping the Olympic spirit alive

Despite its challenges, Maxine says there is something keeping her living in the village, and she will never leave.

7 MIN2015 NOV 6
Comments
Chapter 5: Keeping the Olympic spirit alive

Chapter 4: Hard times at home

Maxine's living situation became so traumatic at one point, she went into a deep depression.

6 MIN2015 NOV 6
Comments
Chapter 4: Hard times at home

Chapter 3: Sticking together

Once a week, locals gather to share lunch in the backyard of a Marist Brother's house in the village. They say they may not have much money, but they have each other.

5 MIN2015 NOV 6
Comments
Chapter 3: Sticking together

Chapter 2: 'The Bronx' of Melbourne

In the 1970s, generational disadvantage amongst the community was compounded by the ageing housing stock.

8 MIN2015 NOV 6
Comments
Chapter 2: 'The Bronx' of Melbourne

Our Olympic Village, Chapter 1: an unlikely past

Nearly 60 years after Melbourne hosted the Olympic Games, those living in the old athletes' village still suffer the effects of a rushed development and public housing policies of the time.

6 MIN2015 NOV 6
Comments
Our Olympic Village, Chapter 1: an unlikely past

Chapter 1: The promise of a future

Robert Young begins to retrace the lives of two daring young Indigenous men. Starting at the corner of Franklin and Bowen Streets in Melbourne's CBD, then going back to the early 1800s in Tasmania, Robert discovers the men are closely connected to one of his own ancestors.

7 MIN2015 JUL 2
Comments
Chapter 1: The promise of a future
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