Living History with Mat McLachlan
Historian Mat McLachlan brings history to life in this engaging, educational and entertaining podcast. From the ancient age to the modern world, take a trip through time with Living History!
info_outline Australian War Memorial - Roger Lee, Karl James & Aaron Pegram 10/22/2018
Australian War Memorial - Roger Lee, Karl James & Aaron Pegram Mat joins a panel of three of Australia's leading military historians, Drs Roger Lee, Karl James and Aaron Pegram, for a special episode from the Australian War Memorial. Topics discussed include the nature of commemoration, the Anzac centenaries, the 75th anniversaries of WW2, returning to civilian life after war and the future of remembrance in Australia.
info_outline REVISIT: Interviews with WW1 & WW2 Veterans - Peter Hart 10/04/2018
REVISIT: Interviews with WW1 & WW2 Veterans - Peter Hart A revisit of an episode from earlier in the season, when historian Peter Hart joined us to discuss his lifetime's work of interviewing veterans from the First and Second World Wars.
info_outline 1918: The Last Battle - Interview with Peter Hart 10/02/2018
1918: The Last Battle - Interview with Peter Hart Mat interviews Imperial War Musuem historian Peter Hart about the closing days of the First World War, and the crucial role played by Australian, British and American troops in defeating the German Army.
info_outline The Death of Hitler 09/23/2018
The Death of Hitler Mat interviews French journalist Jean-Christophe Brisard about his work exploring Russian archives for evidence about the fate of Adolf Hitler. Over the course of several years, Jean-Christophe received unprecedented access to records, photographs and witness accounts that paint a vivid picture of Hitler's final days. And in a confronting twist, Brisard discovered samples of human remains that prove conclusively that Adolf Hitler died in Berlin in April 1945.
info_outline The Last Post - Interview with Emma Campbell 09/09/2018
The Last Post - Interview with Emma Campbell Mat interviews author Emma Campbell about her new book, 'The Last Post', which details both the history of this iconic bugle call and its roll in the daily commemorative service at the Australian War Memorial. The book also brings to life the story of many of the Australian men and women who were killed during wartime, and whose names on the Roll of Honour form the backdrop to the service at the War Memorial.
info_outline Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre - Interview with Jane Lydon 09/05/2018
Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre - Interview with Jane Lydon Mat interviews Professor Jane Lydon about her new book, 'Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre', which sheds new light on one of the most infamous chapters of Australian colonial history.
info_outline The Bulldog Track - Interview with Peter Phelps 08/19/2018
The Bulldog Track - Interview with Peter Phelps Mat speaks to veteran Australian actor Peter Phelps about his new book, 'The Bulldog Track'. The books tells the story of Peter's grandfather, who endured a torturous trek along a track even longer and tougher than Kokoda, to escape the advancing Japanese in 1942.
info_outline Murder at Dusk - Interview with Ian W. Shaw 07/01/2018
Murder at Dusk - Interview with Ian W. Shaw Murder at Dusk is a new book by historian Ian W. Shaw about the 'Brownout Strangler', a serial killer who terrorized Melbourne in 1942. In this interview, Mat and Ian explore life in wartime Melbourne, and the social impact of the arrival of hundreds of thousands of US troops on a conservative Australia.
info_outline Convicts, Colonists and Cholera - Sydney Quarantine Station 06/11/2018
Convicts, Colonists and Cholera - Sydney Quarantine Station Mat explores convict history at the historic Quarantine Station in Manly, NSW.
info_outline An Australian Band of Brothers 05/25/2018
An Australian Band of Brothers Mat interviews historian Mark Johnston about his new book, An Australian Band of Brothers, which follows a group of men from Don Company, 2/43rd Battalion, through operations in Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo.
info_outline Sir Tony Robinson 05/17/2018
Sir Tony Robinson Sir Tony Robinson has been a beloved comedy actor and history presenter for more than 40 years. In this episode he joins Mat to discuss the significance of history in his life and career. He also discusses his latest TV series, Britain's Great Cathedrals, which follows Tony as he explores six of the UK's finest cathedrals (York, Canterbury, Durham, Salisbury, Liverpool Anglican and Winchester), admiring their design and looking at the turbulent history that has taken place inside their walls.
info_outline Monash and Me - Interview with Peter Greste 04/19/2018
Monash and Me - Interview with Peter Greste Journalist Peter Greste joins Mat to talk about his new documentary, 'Monash and Me: Peter Greste on Australia's Great Commander', which tells a new story of General Sir John Monash. Through his personal family connection to the war, Peter explores the story of Monash as he rose from citizen soldier to the commander of all Australian forces on the Western Front.
info_outline Sinking of Titanic - Interview with Tim Maltin 04/12/2018
Sinking of Titanic - Interview with Tim Maltin Mat speaks to historian Tim Maltin about the RMS Titanic, on the 106th anniversary of her sinking. Tim explains amazing new information that has recently come to light about the loss of the great ship, and unravels some misconceptions we have about that fateful night in 1912.
info_outline Temora Aviation Museum 04/07/2018
Temora Aviation Museum Mat enjoys a behind-the-scenes tour of the Temora Aviation Museum, one of the world's premier collections of flying warbirds. Join him as he explores the museum's astounding collection including two Spitfires, the world's only flying Hudson bomber, the Boomerang fighter, the Gloucester Meteor and many others. Visit www.facebook.com/BattlefieldTours to see photos and video from Mat's visit.
info_outline Battle of Dernancourt - Interview with Aaron Pegram 03/30/2018
Battle of Dernancourt - Interview with Aaron Pegram In March and April 1918, German forces threw themselves against the Allies in one of the largest offensives of the First World War. Australian troops were rushed into the line to help stem the tide, and at the Somme village of Dernancourt they faced the largest enemy attack they would encounter in the war.
info_outline 1918 German Spring Offensive - Interview with Paul Reed 03/23/2018
1918 German Spring Offensive - Interview with Paul Reed In March 1918 Germany played its last card on the Western Front, launching its enormous Spring Offensive against the British in a last-ditch attempt to win the First World War.
info_outline Kokoda Special (Part 2) - Veteran Lloyd Birdsall 03/10/2018
Kokoda Special (Part 2) - Veteran Lloyd Birdsall In the second episode of our Kokoda special series, Mat speaks to veteran Lloyd Birdsall, who served as a signaller with the Australian artillery throughout the Pacific War. In this enthralling interview, Lloyd talks about fighting in Kokoda, Lae, Morotai and Borneo and shares his insights into life and loss on the battlefield.
info_outline USS Lexington Found! 03/07/2018
USS Lexington Found! Mat discusses this week's discovery of the USS Lexington, the WW2 aircraft carrier sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942. The ship was found in 3km of water, 800km off the coast of Queensland, and is a link to one of the early turning points of the Pacific War.
info_outline Kokoda Special (Part 1) - Veteran Reg Chard 03/02/2018
Kokoda Special (Part 1) - Veteran Reg Chard In the first of a special series of episodes, Mat interviews WW2 veteran Reg Chard about his experiences fighting against the Japanese in the Pacific. Reg served throughout the New Guinea Campaign, and fought at Milne Bay, Kokoda and Sanananda. In this emotional and harrowing account, Reg shares his recollections of life and death in the jungle, and the horrors of fighting a brutal enemy.