Grave Tales Australia: the series
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.’

Death comes to Gracie’s store

Death comes to Gracie’s store

June 3, 2020

An unspeakable crimetwo women murdered, a third left for dead, and a young killer on drugs on the loose. In Autumn 1964, the community of Coorparoo, Brisbane, lost their innocence. We speak with those who were there and remember to this day.

 

The Box Flat mine disaster

The Box Flat mine disaster

May 19, 2020

On Monday 31 July 1972, the residents of Ipswich in Queensland were awoken by a blast that destroyed the Box Flat Colliery and killed 17 miners. But what happened to the men of the mine who remained entombed on the site?

Bohemian Bea - from the asylum to the streets

Bohemian Bea - from the asylum to the streets

March 31, 2020
What’s the real story of the bohemian who broke out of an asylum and was known for her ability to quote any passage from Shakespeare for money?

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