Bill Peach retraces the first attempts to cross the Blue Mountains and the difficulties encountered by explorers like Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson
Bill Peach retraces the early journeys of Evans, Oxley and Cunningham as they cross the Great Dividing Range & move west & north, discovering vast areas of good grazing land and many western flowing rivers
Bill Peach follows the tracks of Hume & Hovell, who established the overland route from Sydney to Melbourne which survives in today's Hume Highway.
The most baffling question facing the early explorers was the destination of the inland rivers of NSW. Charles Sturt solved the mystery in an epic whale-boat journey to the mouth of the Murray River and back again.
Bill Peach tells the story of Sir Thomas Mitchell, the stormy petrel of Australian exploration. Surveyor-general of new South Wales for nearly thirty years. He discovered Australia Felix or western Victoria.
Bill Peach describes the conquest of Australia's high mountain country. A Pole Dr. John Lhotsky was the first European to climb the snowy mountains. Another Pole, Paul Strezlecki climbed and named Australia's Mt Kosciusko.
Bill Peach tells the story of Edward John Eyre, the young explorer who set off with four companions to make a westward journey across the Nullarbor Plain.
Bill Peach describes the first attempts to open an overland track from the eastern settlements to the coast of northern Australia.
Bill Peach reports on the race to cross Australia from south to north. Both South Australia and Victoria wanted to capture this honour for themselves.
Bill Peach tells the story of the last epic adventure, the conquest of the western desert. The overland telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin, built along Stuart's track, established frontier camps from which the explorers reached the west coast.
Learn why some are dark and others are white, how they create rainbows, halos and sun dogs, and how clouds are formed.
For the Allies, 1918 proved to be the costliest year of the war. On the Western Front 2 million British and 3 million French were either captured, wounded or killed - over a few miles of French and Belgian mud.
This program is the result of a series of community projects run by Big Hart, a non-profit organisation. From 1998 to 2004 over 500 young people were asked to tell stories about when they felt 'not at home'. Stories of Love deals with the issues of parental love, drug use, gaol and grief.
This episode deals with the issues of bravery, friendship and family duty. Seven young people tell their own story in their own way about how they survived a time when they needed to make some very tough choices in the face of adversity.
Melvyn Bragg discusses the way Australian English has evolved, from the First Fleet to Elizabeth II's first visit, influenced by criminal slang and Aboriginal terms along the way.
In Australia, English was coloured by a few of the local Aboriginal words - kangaroo, koala, boomerang, barramundi, woomera and
Tonight Dave decides to challenge the idea that all politicians are liars by standing on a platform of complete truth and honesty in the recent Queensland election. Is this a pipe dream, or is Dave pioneering a new way forward?
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