Weird Crap in Australia

Weird Crap in Australia

WCIA is a show that was originally envisioned as exploring the stereotypical weird of Australia - the yowie sightings, the aliens, the weird lights that zoom off over the horizon if you try and chase them. But since we’ve started working on this series, we’ve come to realise that Australia is just about the strangest place on earth, and not because of the Big Cats living out near Toowoomba. Did you know a full firefight between MPs and soldiers took place in Central Station (Sydney) in February 1916, and you can still find the bullet holes in the pillars? Did you know that one of Australia’s convict ships was waylaid by Americans during the aftermath of the American Revolution in 1815? Did you know we have a dinosaur called Qantassaurus, and that most Australian fossil expeditions of the 1970s and 1980s were sponsored by corporations, rather than the government? Did you know that the majority of the miners that took part in the Eureka Stockade of 1854 were Chinese, African-American, or from other ‘minority’ groups? And that the Victorian Gold Rush is where Australia learned to love Chinese food? There’s a lot of history when it comes to this country - even just in the last 200 years - and very little of it is taught in our school systems. We feel that, in order to preserve the past, we have to get it out there into the minds of the present, and hopefully apply those lessons to the future. If you agree, we'd love you to join us. New episodes release 12pm AEDST/AEST every Monday.

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January 17, 2022 51 min
Australia's crime world can be a little intimidating for newcomers. You have men that look like normal bogan car enthusiasts, you have women that look like kind grandmothers, then you have Shane Chartres-Abbott: the Vampire Gigalo.

Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the man behind the moniker, the crimes that brought him to the police's attention -- and the court hearing that had him assassinated.
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Australia's crime world can be a little intimidating for newcomers. You have men that look like normal bogan car enthusiasts, you have women that look like kind grandmothers, then you have Shane Chartres-Abbott: the Vampire Gigalo.

Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the man behind the moniker, the crimes that brought him to the police's attention -- and the court hearing that had him assassinated.
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In the 1820s, a man would take the wilderness - and women - of Van Diemen's Land by storm, stealing hearts, wallets and watches alike. The Gentlemen Bushranger was a man who was feared by the men and adored by the women, doing his part to keep chivalry alive in the face of life in Tasmania.

Join Holly and Matthew as Matthew swoons over Brady, they discuss his history, and his antics.
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In the 1820s, a man would take the wilderness - and women - of Van Diemen's Land by storm, stealing hearts, wallets and watches alike. The Gentlemen Bushranger was a man who was feared by the men and adored by the women, doing his part to keep chivalry alive in the face of life in Tasmania.

Join Holly and Matthew as Matthew swoons over Brady, they discuss his history, and his antics.

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December 20, 2021 55 min
While Australians are known for our "eh, screw it" attitude when it comes to dealing with things, sometimes that doesn't turn out for the best. In December 1974, That attitude led to death, destruction, mayhem, and the second rebuilding of Darwin in 35 years.
Join Holly and Matthew as they explore the cyclone, the wrong turns (on behalf of cyclone and human alike) and the lessons we should have learned decades ago about...
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December 13, 2021 51 min
The "Francis & Eliza" departed Cork, Ireland, as part of a convoy of convict ships bound for Australia on December 5, 1814. The ship was under the command of Captain William Harrison, and began its journey under shifting, unsettled Northern Hemisphere winter weather.

A month after departing Ireland, on January 4, 1815, the Francis and Eliza was separated from its convoy by a winter storm near Madeira, an autonomous arch...
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Blue ringed octopi are octopi covered in blue ring markings. You're welcome.

Join Holly and Matthew as they examine a creature that has a more dangerous reputation than they deserve, and listen to the reminisce about the before-times (Before the 2019-2020 fire season, and covid, and quarantine, and more covid, and...)
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November 29, 2021 59 min
In the late 1980s, a man single-handedly led a 14-month reign of terror on the elderly population of Sydney, attacking women in broad daylight with a hammer, stealing their purses and running away.

With a clear signature, the Granny Killer sought out elderly women he thought would make an easy mark for a fast robbery - and found a thirst for blood along the way.

Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the history of the Killer and...
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November 22, 2021 48 min
In the late 1980s, a man single-handedly led a 14-month reign of terror on the elderly population of Sydney, attacking women in broad daylight with a hammer, stealing their purses and running away.

With a clear signature, the Granny Killer sought out elderly women he thought would make an easy mark for a fast robbery - and found a thirst for blood along the way.

Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the history of the Killer and...
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November 15, 2021 59 min
In 1942, Darwin was a small town with limited civil and military infrastructure. Seeing its location in close proximity to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Portuguese Timor and others, the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force constructed bases near the town in the 1930s and the early years of World War II (1939-1945). In spite of being the Northern Territory’s capital city after the Territory split from South ...
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In 1942, Darwin was a small town with limited civil and military infrastructure. Seeing its location in close proximity to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Portuguese Timor and others, the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force constructed bases near the town in the 1930s and the early years of World War II (1939-1945). In spite of being the Northern Territory’s capital city after the Territory split from South ...
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November 1, 2021 48 min
As of 2021, Skylab is the only space station 100% operated exclusively by the USA - everything else has been at the bahest of or in conjunction with another nation, or as part of the ISS mission.
Join Holly and Matthew as they look into this historic effort, its achievements, and the reason why it's sometimes called the "Chicken little Satellite" in Australia.
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It's Halloween again! Join Holly and Matthew as they look into 3 stories from Canberra, and their spooky legacies:
- The 1940 Canberra Air Disaster
- The Ghosts of Duntroon House
- The Tuggeranong Yowie
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October 18, 2021 59 min
Australia is famous for a few things, most of which will kill you: Sun, Surf, Snakes, and Spiders. We've already covered most of the others, so why not focus on those creatures that feature in the most populous of fears: arachnophobia.

Join Holly and Matthew as they look into some of the most interesting spiders on this continent, some interesting stories about them, and maybe learn a thing or two about our little helpful garde...
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The story of Jimmy Governor and his family is a particularly interesting story. Born in the world of the colonies and dying just short of the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia, this is the story of Australia's Indigenous outlaws who rebelled against the bigots in their life, only to find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the life and times of the Governor Clan, and their legac...
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The story of Jimmy Governor and his family is a particularly interesting story. Born in the world of the colonies and dying just short of the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia, this is the story of Australia's Indigenous outlaws who rebelled against the bigots in their life, only to find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the life and times of the Governor Clan, and their legac...
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September 26, 2021 49 min
At around 6.10pm on Oct 4, 1960, Anglican Minister Rev Lionel Browning and his wife were standing in their dining room, in the rectory at Cressy, Tas. They were looking east towards the hills, which were partially obscured by low clouds and rain, thus forming a rainbow in the setting sunlight.
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Anyone who spends a decent amount of time on the wholesome side of the internet knows there are 3 pillars of society that the internet looks up to. These three pillars are men who have made an impression on the people who watched their shows, and encourage them to do their very best.

These three men are Bob Ross, Fred Rogers, and Steve Irwin.

Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the life of the late, great Steve Irwin, his rela...
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Anyone who spends a decent amount of time on the wholesome side of the internet knows there are 3 pillars of society that the internet looks up to. These three pillars are men who have made an impression on the people who watched their shows, and encourage them to do their very best.

These three men are Bob Ross, Fred Rogers, and Steve Irwin.

Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the life of the late, great Steve Irwin, his rela...
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When Adelaide was constructed, planners were sure that, being a free colony without convicts, there would be no crime. How wrong they were...



Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the first murder in a government building in Adelaide, and the many voices that saw it happen.
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