In 1891 Henry Lawson published a poem called “The Ghost at the Second Bridge”, which told of encountering a terrifying spectre on lonely Mount Victoria Pass in the Blue Mountains. While a fright of fancy, Lawson’s poem was based on a tragic true story. MORE
A century ago, in the Sydney slum of Surry Hills, a Chinese gunman shot more than a dozen people, triggering a dramatic police siege that was only ended by the violent intervention of a lone American vigilante. MORE
This 1939 murder case seemed ripped from the pages of a detective novel — and may even have been inspired by one. MORE
Private James Coughlan only saw one day of combat — 25 April 1915 at Gallipoli — yet his war would continue at home for years, one of thousands whose quiet fates are often forgotten on Anzac Day. MORE
U.S. Marine Douglas Beane deserted from Vietnam in 1970 and fled to Australia, where he lived the life of a fugitive for 16 years. His 1986 recapture led to international headlines, not least when it was revealed what he’d been up to Down Under. MORE
Long before Mick Molloy or Kyle Sandilands, Arundel Nixon ripped up the radio waves as the risqué “King of the Cads”. For a decade the Cad worked for — and was sacked from — hit stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane as he battled censors, conservatives, radio bosses, his three wives and a small army of his own personal demons. MORE
If you enjoy Forgotten Australia episodes, you’ll enjoy my book, about a beauty who was once a household name in Australia. Click here to read a sample and see a lot of great photos.