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Australia On This Day

Australia On This Day

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Australia On This Day

Australia On This Day

Australia On This Day

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What happened on this day back in the day? From the creator of Forgotten Australia, this is your daily dose of the stories that made headlines and sometimes made history.

Latest Episodes

Season Finale - 23 September - 1935 - The Strange Case Of Boyd Sinclair

On this day in 1935, taxi driver John Smillie (cousin of William Smillie, the razor gangster of the 13 July episode) was shot dead in Sydney. It'd be six months before an arrest was made. His alleged killer? A boy named Boyd Sinclair, who'd be held without trial... for more than a decade. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17 minSEP 23
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Season Finale - 23 September - 1935 - The Strange Case Of Boyd Sinclair

22 September - 1974 - Curtains For The Magician

On this day in 1974, feared and hated criminal Stewart John Regan — nicknamed The Magician for his skill at making people disappear — got his bloody comeuppance on a Sydney street. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15 minSEP 21
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22 September - 1974 - Curtains For The Magician

21 September - 1973 - Blue Poles Polarises Australia

On this day in 1973, the deal was done — Australia was the proud new owner of Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. The price? $1.3m — the most ever paid for an American artwork. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9 minSEP 20
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21 September - 1973 - Blue Poles Polarises Australia

19-20 September - 1992 - The Bodies In Belanglo

On this weekend in 1992, two bodies were found in Belanglo State Forest in the Southern Highlands of NSW. The discovery triggered the hunt for the man who'd become known as Australia's worst serial killer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

14 minSEP 18
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19-20 September - 1992 - The Bodies In Belanglo

18 September - 1950 - The Rich Life of our Forgotten Musical Genius

Arthur Benjamin was born on this day in 1893 — and it was also on this day in 1950 that he was in The Sun newspaper slamming Sydney as a backwater. Stumbling on this article led me to wonder about this then-famous pianist and composer. Scratching the surface was to find a man whose rich life saw him write a tune for a future Queen’s special day, nearly die at the hands of a future Nazi war criminal and help a hot young director become the future master of suspense films. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11 minSEP 17
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18 September - 1950 - The Rich Life of our Forgotten Musical Genius

17 September - 1944 - Damien Parer Is Killed In Action

On this day in 1944, Australia's most famous war cameraman — whose film Kokoda Front Line! had won us our first Oscar the previous year — was killed while filming American Marines trying to retake a tiny Pacific island held by the Japanese. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

13 minSEP 16
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17 September - 1944 - Damien Parer Is Killed In Action

16 September - 1956 - "Good Evening and Welcome to Television"

On this day in 1956, Channel Nine executive Bruce Gyngell uttered these famous words. While TV was a modern marvel, its genesis in Australia dated back to the 1880s. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

14 minSEP 15
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16 September - 1956 - "Good Evening and Welcome to Television"

15 September - 1895 - Mark Twain Arrives Down Under

125 years ago today, Mark Twain, acclaimed as the world's funniest man, steamed into Sydney Harbour — and started cracking jokes to a newspaper reporter before he even got off the boat. For the famous visitor, his trip to Australia was more than the first stop on a world tour. It was Mark Twain’s chance to redeem himself. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10 minSEP 14
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15 September - 1895 - Mark Twain Arrives Down Under

8 September - 1954 - The Dark Side Of Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor was our biggest movie star of the 1960s, beloved by generations of Australians for his knock-about persona and success in Hollywood films such as The Time Machine and The Birds. But a chance discovery in an Australian newspaper database a few days ago revealed a far darker ‘success’. That was: rewriting the history of his first marriage to erase any mention of his horrific behaviour. ** Australia On This Day will return with new episodes soon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12 minSEP 7
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8 September - 1954 - The Dark Side Of Rod Taylor

7 September - 1920 - Captain Snell Goes Stunting

On this day a century ago, Captain Percy William Snell thrilled Brisbane by performing aviation stunts in a biplane right over the centre of the city. After seeing an ad for his 1920 joy flights, I went down the rabbit hole and discovered a man who rose from childhood tragedy to be a Great War fighter ace — but who may also have committed wartime atrocities. After he came back home, Percy Snell introduced thousands of his fellow citizens to aviation, entertained a future King of England and was pilot to a socialist state premier on an aerial election campaign tour that ended in what may have been the first political assassination attempt against an Australian politician in our history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20 minSEP 6
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7 September - 1920 - Captain Snell Goes Stunting

Latest Episodes

Season Finale - 23 September - 1935 - The Strange Case Of Boyd Sinclair

On this day in 1935, taxi driver John Smillie (cousin of William Smillie, the razor gangster of the 13 July episode) was shot dead in Sydney. It'd be six months before an arrest was made. His alleged killer? A boy named Boyd Sinclair, who'd be held without trial... for more than a decade. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17 minSEP 23
Comments
Season Finale - 23 September - 1935 - The Strange Case Of Boyd Sinclair

22 September - 1974 - Curtains For The Magician

On this day in 1974, feared and hated criminal Stewart John Regan — nicknamed The Magician for his skill at making people disappear — got his bloody comeuppance on a Sydney street. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15 minSEP 21
Comments
22 September - 1974 - Curtains For The Magician

21 September - 1973 - Blue Poles Polarises Australia

On this day in 1973, the deal was done — Australia was the proud new owner of Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. The price? $1.3m — the most ever paid for an American artwork. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9 minSEP 20
Comments
21 September - 1973 - Blue Poles Polarises Australia

19-20 September - 1992 - The Bodies In Belanglo

On this weekend in 1992, two bodies were found in Belanglo State Forest in the Southern Highlands of NSW. The discovery triggered the hunt for the man who'd become known as Australia's worst serial killer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

14 minSEP 18
Comments
19-20 September - 1992 - The Bodies In Belanglo

18 September - 1950 - The Rich Life of our Forgotten Musical Genius

Arthur Benjamin was born on this day in 1893 — and it was also on this day in 1950 that he was in The Sun newspaper slamming Sydney as a backwater. Stumbling on this article led me to wonder about this then-famous pianist and composer. Scratching the surface was to find a man whose rich life saw him write a tune for a future Queen’s special day, nearly die at the hands of a future Nazi war criminal and help a hot young director become the future master of suspense films. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11 minSEP 17
Comments
18 September - 1950 - The Rich Life of our Forgotten Musical Genius

17 September - 1944 - Damien Parer Is Killed In Action

On this day in 1944, Australia's most famous war cameraman — whose film Kokoda Front Line! had won us our first Oscar the previous year — was killed while filming American Marines trying to retake a tiny Pacific island held by the Japanese. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

13 minSEP 16
Comments
17 September - 1944 - Damien Parer Is Killed In Action

16 September - 1956 - "Good Evening and Welcome to Television"

On this day in 1956, Channel Nine executive Bruce Gyngell uttered these famous words. While TV was a modern marvel, its genesis in Australia dated back to the 1880s. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

14 minSEP 15
Comments
16 September - 1956 - "Good Evening and Welcome to Television"

15 September - 1895 - Mark Twain Arrives Down Under

125 years ago today, Mark Twain, acclaimed as the world's funniest man, steamed into Sydney Harbour — and started cracking jokes to a newspaper reporter before he even got off the boat. For the famous visitor, his trip to Australia was more than the first stop on a world tour. It was Mark Twain’s chance to redeem himself. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10 minSEP 14
Comments
15 September - 1895 - Mark Twain Arrives Down Under

8 September - 1954 - The Dark Side Of Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor was our biggest movie star of the 1960s, beloved by generations of Australians for his knock-about persona and success in Hollywood films such as The Time Machine and The Birds. But a chance discovery in an Australian newspaper database a few days ago revealed a far darker ‘success’. That was: rewriting the history of his first marriage to erase any mention of his horrific behaviour. ** Australia On This Day will return with new episodes soon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12 minSEP 7
Comments
8 September - 1954 - The Dark Side Of Rod Taylor

7 September - 1920 - Captain Snell Goes Stunting

On this day a century ago, Captain Percy William Snell thrilled Brisbane by performing aviation stunts in a biplane right over the centre of the city. After seeing an ad for his 1920 joy flights, I went down the rabbit hole and discovered a man who rose from childhood tragedy to be a Great War fighter ace — but who may also have committed wartime atrocities. After he came back home, Percy Snell introduced thousands of his fellow citizens to aviation, entertained a future King of England and was pilot to a socialist state premier on an aerial election campaign tour that ended in what may have been the first political assassination attempt against an Australian politician in our history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20 minSEP 6
Comments
7 September - 1920 - Captain Snell Goes Stunting

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