Living History with Mat McLachlan
Historian Mat McLachlan brings Australian 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 Australia and the American Civil War - Interview with Dale Blair 03/17/2019
Australia and the American Civil War - Interview with Dale Blair Historian Dale Blair joins Mat to discuss Australia's intriguing links to the American Civil War, and the extraordinary connection between the city of Melbourne and the CSS Shenandoah, a Confederate raider.
info_outline How to Visit Gallipoli (Part 2) - Interview with Peter Hart 02/26/2019
How to Visit Gallipoli (Part 2) - Interview with Peter Hart In the second episode of our Gallipoli special, historian Peter Hart joins Mat to discuss his favourite sites at Gallipoli, and to give you tips and tricks for walking Australia's most famous battlefield.
info_outline Lost Tanks of Bullecourt - Interview with Richard Osgood 02/10/2019
Lost Tanks of Bullecourt - Interview with Richard Osgood Archaeologist Richard Osgood joins Mat to discuss his recent excavation of the Bullecourt battlefield, searching for evidence of the tanks that attacked alongside Australian troops on April 11, 1917.
info_outline World War I: Behind the Lines 02/07/2019
World War I: Behind the Lines Join Mat as he explores key sites from behind the old front lines of the First World War. In this exclusive documentary, Mat explores headquarters where generals planned battles, an underground city covered in WWI graffiti, an improvised studio where thousands of soldiers were photographed, an unusual military cemetery and a partly destroyed chateau that once housed wounded soldiers.
info_outline North Africa Campaign - Interview with James Holland 02/03/2019
North Africa Campaign - Interview with James Holland Mat speaks to James Holland, one of the world's foremost authorities on WW2, about the significance of the North Africa campaign and Australia's role in defeating the German and Italian armies.
info_outline Anzac Day Update, the Last Dambuster and more! 01/25/2019
Anzac Day Update, the Last Dambuster and more! Mat gives an update on important developments in history and remembrance, including changes to the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux, the search for unknown soldiers, the importance of Gallipoli, the last Dambuster, US soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross and more.
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.