Grave Tales Australia: the series
The man on the advertising poster

The man on the advertising poster

June 12, 2021

For more than a century, Sam Knott was one of the best-known faces on advertising billboards. But how did this unconventional man find himself fronting a beer poster?

Murder in the Botanic Garden

Murder in the Botanic Garden

December 21, 2020

On a beautiful summer’s eve, January 1924, in the Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, five people's lives were about to change. A gunman was on the loose. A true-crime story from the 'Grave Tales: Melbourne Vol.1' book.

The Bradman of Billiards – Walter Lindrum

The Bradman of Billiards – Walter Lindrum

November 30, 2020

If it wasn’t for a persistent father, Walter Lindrum might never have risen to World Champion. He was nicknamed the ‘Don Bradman of billiards’ and they had to change the rules to beat him! This is Walter's story.

The Murder of Chrissie Venn

The Murder of Chrissie Venn

October 20, 2020

On a Sunday afternoon in February 1921, 13-year-old Chrissie Venn left home to run an errand for her mother. Two days later Chrissie’s body was found in a hollowed-out stump 3.5 metres off the ground. No one was ever charged for her murder but did a killer walk free or was the wrong man prosecuted?

Death on the beach – the Somerton Man

Death on the beach – the Somerton Man

September 22, 2020

The man in a suit looked like he was resting in the sun on Somerton Beach, Adelaide, in 1948, until a couple of good Samaritans checking on him, discovered that he was dead. He had nothing on him that identified who he was but Police soon discovered a secret pocket in the man's trousers with a piece of paper rolled tightly, bearing two strange words.

Play on - Leo Rosner, the Jewish musician saved by Oscar Schindler

Play on - Leo Rosner, the Jewish musician saved by Oscar Schindler

September 1, 2020

He was the Holocaust survivor saved by Oscar Schindler – this is the story of Leo Rosner, a talented Jewish musician who made a post-war life in Melbourne. We remember him and speak with his daughter Anna.

 

The One Who Got to Live – George Witton

The One Who Got to Live – George Witton

August 11, 2020

Many Australians know the story of the execution of Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant and Peter Handcock—but there were other Australians charged with them, and one of them wanted to be shot as well but was sentenced to life in prison. This is George Witton's story.

Ladies of the Lighthouse

Ladies of the Lighthouse

July 26, 2020

Years of isolation, deprivation and often the loss of children, even a case of madness; who were the stoic ladies who accompanied their husbands at the Cape Otway Lighthouse Station?

The plague comes to Australia

The plague comes to Australia

July 7, 2020

Sudden deaths from a plague caused panic in Sydney involving quarantining, demolitions and disinfecting. The year was 1900 and the nervousness will feel very familiar today.

Girl Torque - the untimely death of Alice Anderson

Girl Torque - the untimely death of Alice Anderson

June 22, 2020

Alice Anderson was one of Australia’s first female mechanics and her ideas and inventions were ahead of her time. But Alice’s life came to an untimely end on a Friday evening in the back of her garage, with a gunshot to the head. Was it an accident or suicide? We speak with Loretta Smith, author of ‘A Spanner in the Works: The extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and Australia’s first all-girl garage.’

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