Johnny O’Keefe was one of kind, and absolutely ours. Happy Birthday, wild one.
Machteld Hali came to this country in the middle sixties and experienced the scale of our racism. Now, she’s doing something about it.
I might be a new resident of this land, but the alien contours of the National Park are exactly the Australia that we migrants treasure, and remember.
As a means to escape the persecution of Jews in Europe, the top end almost became a sanctuary. Sadly, it was put on the backburner.
Back in the midst of WW2, The Menzies government decided to lock up 15,000 foreigners on our shores under the guise of national security. Bitterly, some of those locked up were born here. Sound familiar?
Nellie Melba was an island upon herself. Alongside her obvious talent, she excelled at the art of the exit. And having foodstuffs named in her honour. What have you done? Hmm?
At the time of the rebellion, Darwin was little more than shantytown of the lost and the deliberately missing. But it was the escalation of beer prices that was the match which set last straws alight.
The story of Eureka has been told to death. There is another, and it is far more interesting, replete with cross-dressing, actors and liberation. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
She bedded Breaker Morant, she bent the truth, and she stole the attention of a nation. Daisy Bates’ story is one that needs to be retold.
It was the first times Australians fought overseas. Sadly, the reasons were anything but noble. No wonder we kept it quiet.
In 1979, NASA’s Skylab fell on an unknown patch of Australia. The media insanity that ensued deserves a retelling.
There has been only one attempt to use a plane as a means of extortion in this country. However, the story is much more than that Qantas flight.
The first female prisoners in this country were subject to awful conditions. However, they quickly fought back, becoming towering figures of rebellion, and great antagonism. Vale.
As Australians, we often feel left out of the diplomatic process. However, we’ll always have Herbert Vere Evatt, the man colloquially known as “the president of the world”.
In the late 1970s, Australia was dithering on whether to allow those escaping Vietnam and Cambodia to resettle here. However, while this was happening, one woman in a bikini managed to jump the queue.
William Lane was an interesting man. Terribly racist and distrusting of the government, he created a place to rail against the establishment of the day.
It seems that the issue with ‘boat people’ is a contemporary one, however, the way we treated the Maltese in 1916 proves that to be a fallacy.
Joseph Holt was a self-appointed General who raised arms against the British, but instead of a cell, he was sent to Australia. Fortunately, his distaste for the empire raised him to folk hero played well on these shores.
Many people have been the first to do something, but few have done as much as the forgotten Catherine Spence.
Malcolm Turnbull has gut the 457 visa system to “put Australians first”. As a nation, we have an awkward history with that particular sentence.
This country has gone through many changes, and seeing what we have now makes me long for what we’ve lost. So today, as a TBS Boomer, I look back.
Ingeborg van Teeseling looks into the figures and the proud history of the commonwealth’s traditional problem: drinking.