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Family albums, photos pressed between the pages of a second-hand book, a photo on a postcard, a greying, dog eared picture on Tumblr.
Old pictures are full of stories. They’re a window into another world, expressions frozen on faces, clothes just as they were.
What can they show us? And what are they hiding?
Produced by Sky Kirkham with additional production by Michael Brydon
We Were Always Here
John Ebert regularly posts vintage photos of gay couples on Twitter. Some photos are from as much as 100 years ago. He tags them with #wewerealwayshere. He says they were able to be taken as part of a gay underground that operated in those early times.
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Produced by Rose Lane
Additional production by Sky Kirkham
No one expects a box of tapes to explain the story behind a strangely posed photo of the grandparents.
But when he was looking through old family photographs, producer David Ross found a cassette made between his mum and her mum more than 20 years ago, where they talked about where his mum was born and why she came to be there.
It talks about a rather forgotten episode in the post-war centrifugal destruction of the British empire, as its long oppressed components spun off.
Produced by David Ross
Music Credits: Roma Khleb, RJB
State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham
Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett
Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon
Image Credit: Supplied by David Ross
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The weather is warm, the sky is blue, and you have to go back to work.
Look, we agree, it sucks. This week we’ll try and drag the holiday out a bit longer, and take you on an island holiday. Three, in fact.
We’ll take you south to South-Western Victoria, to a tall, flat island with a pretty scary story behind it. We’ll head up north, to the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, and climb up into a haunted lighthouse. We’ll take you to an island right in the heart of Melbourne…although it’s probably not the sort of island you’re imagining relaxing on.
This week on All the Best, – islands. Their stories, their histories, and their ghosts.
As kids, Michael and his brother used to look out to the horizon off the coast of South-Western Victoria and on a clear day they could see it. A tall, flat island that we were told had a pretty scary story behind it. Here, he talks to Joel Wright about Deen Maar.
Produced by Michael Brydon
Lady Elliott Island
There’s an island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, 45 hectares of land surrounded by the sea. Lady Elliot Island is an idyllic resort location, but not all of the residents sleep peacefully. In 1907, Susannah Mckee, the wife of the lighthouse keeper was found dead by her husband, and even now some of the resort’s employees claim that Susannah still haunts the grounds where she once lived. But why would Susannah be unable to rest? Rose Lane set out to investigate.
Story and narration: Rose Lane
Additional voice: Eoin Clements
Editing and Supervising Production: Sky Kirkham
Lighthouse by Grouper
The great hidden sea of the unconscious by The Caretaker
Out to Sea by Olafur Arnalds
Ghost of Me by Shaula
Bluebeard 6 by Danny Norbury
Picture an Island. What do you see? It’s probably by itself, away from civilization, untouched by man. it has waves gently lapping at the shore with palm trees bordering a thick jungle. This story is not about that island.
Produced by Laura Kewley
Supervising Producer: Leona Hameed
Nostalgia of an Ex-Gangsta-Rapper by Deef
Presenters: Pip Rasmussen & Michael Brydon
Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan
Image Credit: Paul D’Ambra