Hidden deep in the bowels of the State Library of NSW are the last remaining link to the extraordinary and tragic story of Mary Bryant, the convict who escaped Australia with her family, only to be recaptured in Timor and lose her husband and children on the journey back to England.
What does the quiet leafy Sydney suburb of Wollstonecraft share with one of the most gruesome monsters of all time? The answer is Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of the best selling gothic novel Frankenstein. While Mary was living a life of scandal and tragedy with famous poets Shelley and Byron in Europe (where she wrote Frankenstein), her sensible cousin Edward Wollstonecraft was setting up businesses and establishing a new suburb in Sydney.
Aboriginal people are in a race against time to save what's left of their mother tongues. Before the arrival of the Europeans there were more than 250 languages spoken in Australia. Now only half of them are left and all are critically endangered. Daryn McKenny has spent the last decade reviving the Awabakal language.
This lavish film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical celebrates a fleeting, mythical time of love and chivalry - the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table. Although torn apart by the conflicts between passion, love, honour and duty, it was a golden era that could have been - and could yet be.
Shortly after 8pm on the Halloween Eve, 1938, the voice of a panicked radio announcer broke in with a news bulletin reporting strange explosions taking place on the planet Mars, followed minutes later by a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack. It turned out to be H.G. Wells' classic The War of the Worlds, performed by 23-year-old Orson Welles.