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Lifeboat from sunk 19th century The Maid of Lincoln found in rafters of historic farm shed. When an ageing farmer took archaeologist Bob Sheppard aside and pointed high into the rafters of his old hay shed, the history lover could not quite believe his eyes.

Lifeboat from sunk 19th century The Maid of Lincoln found in rafters of historic farm shed

For there, covered in decades of dust and spider webs, was a 136-year-old wooden lifeboat. The wonderfully preserved boat is all that remains of The Maid of Lincoln which was wrecked and sunk off Jurien Bay in 1891. "They were giving me a tour of the sheds and said 'come and have a look at this Bob', and they opened this creaky doorway and I peered up in the gloom and there, hanging in the rafters, was this old boat," Mr Sheppard said. Stowaway has a lucky escape The Maid of Lincoln, built in South Australia in 1885, had set sail from the Abrolhos Islands off the West Australian coast in 1891 laden with guano. But it soon ran into trouble and was wrecked off Hill River, south of Jurien Bay and about 220 kilometres north of Perth.

The captain gifted the lifeboat to the Grigson family to show his gratitude for their help. Melbourne launching new festival, RISING, to showcase Victorian artists and celebrate city. The majestic ballroom above Melbourne's Flinders Street Station has been closed to the public for 35 years.

Melbourne launching new festival, RISING, to showcase Victorian artists and celebrate city

But from late May, as part of a new arts festival being launched in Melbourne, the space will be transformed into a multi-sensory experience, along with 15 other adjacent and secret rooms on the station's top floor. "It's just a journey — it's many, many different spaces," artist Patricia Piccinini said of her exhibition A Miracle Constantly Repeated. RISING will include 133 events and projects, featuring more than 750 Victorian artists, over 12 nights from May 26 to June 6.

The festival claims to be one of the largest showcases of local art in the state's history. Among the highlights of the festival are a "naked disco for one" and a glowing eel that will wind along the Birrarung, or Yarra River, for hundreds of metres. The little-known story of how this crackpot inventor, liar and murderer escaped the gallows. By the standards of the time, it would have been entirely acceptable for Antonio Soro to have been hanged.

The little-known story of how this crackpot inventor, liar and murderer escaped the gallows

Soro was a liar, a fraud, and a murderer. However, extremely fortunate timing, questionable government policy and rather shoddy record-keeping all combined to allow Soro to live to a ripe old age. If he'd lived at almost any other period in Australia over the past 100 years, he would almost certainly have been executed or died in jail. But, he lived in extraordinary times, and was exceptionally lucky. Australia's largest World War II POW and internment camp marks 80th anniversary. In a small locality in South Australia's Riverland region, a significant part of Australia's World War II history lays vacant.

Australia's largest World War II POW and internment camp marks 80th anniversary

Key points: The Loveday Internment Camp was established in 1941 to hold WWII internees and POWsThe piggery, operated by the prisoners, is on the interim South Australian Heritage Register Plans for the 80th anniversary of the camp include a possible visit by the Japanese ambassador The Loveday Internment Camp, built near the town of Cobdogla, was established in 1941 and became the largest establishment housing internees and prisoners of war in Australia. During the conflict, the Australian and United Kingdom governments arrested citizens born in enemy countries, even if they had done nothing wrong, and housed them in camps, like Loveday, across the country. Up to 26 men slept in makeshift cabins, with POWs joining the internees as the war progressed. This party invented a type of politics — and deserves greater recognition for it, expert says. It's a political party that invented a type of politics — despite never managing to get one of its candidates elected — and, according to one academic, deserves greater recognition in its home state.

This party invented a type of politics — and deserves greater recognition for it, expert says

Key points: The United Tasmania Group has marked the start of its 50th yearThe party has been credited with inventing green politicsThere are calls for the group to be better recognised in its home state "It's really hard to overstate the significance of the United Tasmania Group [UTG]," University of Tasmania associate professor of public and environmental policy Kate Crowley said. The UTG marked the start of its 50th year with a reunion on Sunday. The party was formed at a meeting at the Hobart Town Hall on March 23, 1972, with the aim of taking the fight to save Lake Pedder to the political arena.

Old Errowanbang Woolshed has endured 135 years of history on the land, but its future is in doubt. One of Australia's most historically significant woolsheds is at risk of falling into disrepair as maintenance costs continue to climb out of reach.

Old Errowanbang Woolshed has endured 135 years of history on the land, but its future is in doubt

Heritage New South Wales funding has proved expensive to apply for and elusive, raising important questions for privately owned heritage assets everywhere. 75 years since Henry Handel Richardson died, small towns from her childhood keep alive her memory. Henry Handel Richardson spent most of her life in Europe, yet in the small Australian towns she briefly called home, she remains an icon.

75 years since Henry Handel Richardson died, small towns from her childhood keep alive her memory

Key points: Henry Handel Richardson wrote The Getting of Wisdom (1910) and The Fortunes of Richard Mahony trilogy (1917-1929)As a child, she moved between Melbourne, the UK, and the Victorian towns of Chiltern, Queenscliff, Koroit and MaldonShe spent most of her life in Europe, but her connection to Victoria is a drawcard for tourism. Australia's first political assassination is just as mysterious today as it was a century ago.

The basic details sound like the ingredients of a wild west movie: a country town, a lone gunman, armed police and a shootout at the local railway station.

Australia's first political assassination is just as mysterious today as it was a century ago

Key points: Socialist MP Percy Brookfield was fatally shot at Riverton in 1921His killer was Koorman Tomayeff, a migrant originally from RussiaBoth men had been on the same train from Broken Hill, but Tomayeff's motive remains a mystery But unlike a Hollywood blockbuster, the events at the small South Australian settlement of Riverton on March 22, 1921, have never resolved themselves into neat explanation.

Several people were wounded and two were killed, including Percy Brookfield — a charismatic, maverick MP who had held the balance of power in the New South Wales Parliament. Historic organ tells tale of WA shipwreck, settlement and the life of pioneer Sophia Dent. Picture a couple thrust upon a remote beach, the wreckage of their ship just offshore and a pedal organ among the treasured possessions around them.

Historic organ tells tale of WA shipwreck, settlement and the life of pioneer Sophia Dent

The heavily pregnant woman is in labour and gives birth on the beach. No, it's not a Hollywood movie script. It was the reality in 1829 for one pioneering English family. At the time, Elizabeth Dent had just reached the fledgling Swan River Colony aboard the Marquis of Anglesea. But before reaching its destination, the ship ran aground on the rocks off what is now known as Fremantle. Mrs Dent had gone into labour onboard the ship. Upon reaching the beach, Mrs Dent gave birth to a girl, Sophia, reputed to be either the first European child, or the first European girl, born in what is now known as Western Australia.

How the Di Chiera family brought continental food to Perth, changing the local menu forever. When scores of Italian migrants arrived in Perth after World War II, they soon began to look for the food they ate back home, eventually introducing hitherto unknown fare to a whole city.

How the Di Chiera family brought continental food to Perth, changing the local menu forever

One of those stores was founded by the Di Chiera brothers, who emigrated from Naples and opened their first grocery store in 1953. Antonio Di Chiera came to Perth as a young man in 1949, and was followed a few months later by his brother Giuseppe. "Italy was obviously in ruins after World War II, economically, and like a lot of people, they were looking for a better life," Tom Di Chiera, Antonio's son, told Geoff Hutchison on ABC Radio Perth. "Their first job was digging potatoes around Harvey and then later drains along the highway. Historic 'Locomotive 3801' makes comeback in Sydney after being out of sight for a decade.

An iconic and widely adored steam locomotive from the 1940s has returned to the tracks today to the delight of rail lovers across NSW. For the first time in almost 14 years Locomotive 3801 will run again, offering passengers a chance to return to a bygone era of rail travel. The train is the last streamlined steam locomotive in the state and arguably the country's most famous as it's the only engine to have visited all mainland states and territories.

To mark its long-awaited return, the 3801 is taking 1,500 passengers on sold-out trips between Sydney and Hurstville today and tomorrow. In the next few months 3801 will also make trips to the Southern Highlands, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Junee, the Blue Mountains and towns in western and northern NSW. Passengers can choose to travel in the open saloon or a private compartment car. The train has always attracted major public enthusiasm, says Transport Heritage NSW CEO Andrew Moritz, and is the most asked about engine in their historical fleet. After the Yoo-rrook Truth and Justice Commission, Aboriginal people are not obliged to forgive. Who owns truth? And who gets to decide when or how truth is told? These are fundamental questions Victorians are going to face as they begin a process of truth and justice as part of treaty negotiations with the Indigenous community.

The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission has been praised as an important step to facing up to a brutal history. But is it? It is certainly a long overdue opportunity for Aboriginal people to tell the truth of massacre and rape and theft of land and segregation and exploitation and stolen children and broken families. Out of the garage onto the silver screen: Corrick Collection unearths some of Australia's earliest movies. People milling about the Royal Perth Show in the early 1900s, horse-drawn carriages jostling with electric trams, men getting their shoes shone, and women out shopping in ankle-length dresses. It is an extraordinary window into a world that disappeared more than a century ago, and now is your chance to see it. Leonard Corrick, one of the nation's pioneering movie makers, is being celebrated this week with the first public screening of some of his remarkable scenes of early Australian life.

Corrick amassed an extraordinary collection of 135 movie reels over his lifetime, now considered some of the best preserved films from the early 1900s and known as the Corrick Collection. But for decades the 35mm nitrate film reels sat in a Launceston garage, before his Tasmanian descendants offered them to the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra to restore. One-man play to honour life of Tasmanian war correspondent Neil Davis. Thirty-five years after renowned war correspondent Neil Davis filmed his own death, his life story has been adapted for the stage. Key points: Neil Davis filmed on the front line for more than 20 yearsThe Tasmanian left school at 14 and eventually became an ABC cameramanHe died while filming a coup in Bangkok The Tasmanian Theatre Company's production "One Crowded Hour" is inspired by the book of the same title written by Tim Bowden. Out of the garage onto the silver screen: Corrick Collection unearths some of Australia's earliest movies.

More families of servicemen involved in top-secret WWII Australian mustard gas trials and storage speak out. Rhonda McGovern remembers the horror she felt the day her father described being sprayed with mustard gas during secret World War II chemical weapons trials in Australia. Key points: A rock carving left in 1943 highlighted one man's involvement in secret Australian stockpiling of poisonous gas during WWII An ABC story about that discovery led to an "overwhelming" response from other families of men who were involved in Australian mustard gas storage and human trialsResearcher Janine Roberts says many people do not know about the WWII Australian chemical weapons program In an interview recorded about 15 years ago, Bryce Daniel told his daughter he was serving as a Leading Aircraftman (LAC) in the RAAF when he was first told to take part in a gas trial.

"He said basically they lined them all up and they gave what they called a 'gas demonstration' and they went along and just sprayed everybody with mustard gas and phosgene … he said some dropped to the ground," Ms McGovern said. Aboriginal artefact reveals ancient art of slow cooking in Indigenous culture. Discovery of ancient Bogong moth remains at Cloggs Cave gives insight into Indigenous food practices.

Cloggs Cave near Buchan, in eastern Victoria's alpine region, has long been known by the Gunaikurnai people, but a recent archaeological discovery has opened up a dusty window into more of its history. Key points: Historical photos of Brisbane in the 1800s brought to life thanks to volunteer restorer - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Updated 12 minutes agoThu 4 Feb 2021, 4:35am. ASIO spy kid recounts life with secret agent parents and holidays with Cold War defectors. The first rule of being in a spy family: don't share what you see, not even with each other.

From the outside, Dudley and Joan Doherty — plus their three children — appeared like any normal family of the 50s and 60s. How 'Port Essington Jack' and his brothers were kidnapped and brought to Hong Kong. The fascinating story of how three young Indigenous boys were kidnapped and brought to Hong Kong before being rescued by an unlikely hero has been uncovered by a Darwin-based historian. As workers return to the office, men might finally shed their suits and ties. The summer break is over, marking a return to the office. The bravery, tragedy, and mystery of Captain Smirnov's secret diamond delivery.

It's March 1942 — the dark and desperate middle of the World War II. Les Everett's epic quest to uncover Australia's 'lost' cricket pitches. West Australian amateur historian Les Everett is on a mission to document the relics of Australia's cricketing past, no matter how many kilometres he has to cover. Most of Melbourne's slum pockets were demolished, but a few survived - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Updated about 2 hours agoSun 17 Jan 2021, 9:57pm. Tasmania's 150yo Don River Railway plea for funding to survive - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Updated about an hour agoSat 16 Jan 2021, 11:19pm. The unexpected rescue mission that inspired ABC mini-series Flight into Hell — and other survivalists. Child's remains lead Tasmania's historians to unearth fate of convict's daughter.

Tasmanian artist Adam Taylor bringing the past back to life with colourised photos. Meet Arnold and Gregory, two vintage collectors who've built their lives around a love of all things 'funky and wild' In the 1990 NT cabinet documents, a cash-strapped government grapples with evergreen issues. Seven things previously secret cabinet documents tell us about the 'last year of normality' in 2000. Historic change to Advance Australia Fair, Australia's national anthem, in the 'spirit of unity' From shanty shelters to luxe lodgings, Tasmania's bush huts have evolved.

Rare soldier's diary reveals secret massacre of Indigenous Tasmanians after almost 200 years. National Library finds 120-year-old chocolates commissioned by Queen Victoria and owned by Banjo Paterson. Corkman Pub demolition developers jailed for contempt of court - ABC News. Holden's finest vehicles, old and new, on display for the first time - ABC News. History for sale as Beaconsfield banks on a mine-lead recovery - ABC News. The Australian anti-coal campaign that took on 'the world's richest man' and won - ABC News. Forty years after Yeppoon bombing that stunned the nation, Capricorn Resort's future still shaky - ABC News. How Ballarat gold rush museum Sovereign Hill survived its own internal rebellion to turn 50 - ABC News.

New $400m WA museum Boola Bardip opens to public after four years of building works - ABC News. The Afghanistan war crimes report is a nasty but necessary reckoning of a shameful recent history - ABC News. After 152 years, the end is in sight for tiny Elmhurst Primary School - ABC News. 'Freezing' performances and a 'ghost in the theatre': Launceston's Princess Theatre celebrates colourful history - ABC News. Fire destroys historic Trailside Museum at Cradle Mountain - ABC News.

On 100th anniversary of Qantas, Longreach, Winton and Cloncurry all claim to be airline's true home - ABC News. Merle Thornton recognised with honorary doctorate and 'Merle's Pledge' to fight corporate gender inequality - ABC News. Qantas celebrates centenary with release of 'very rare' Empire flying boat film reel - ABC News. How 'Saint Monday' hangovers and the football helped bring us the weekend - ABC News. For 40 years, one family has run Tasmania's only ice skating rink - ABC News. Australia's 'oldest truck' rises from ghost town grave to become outback museum's prize exhibit - ABC News.

Historic Kodak signage could be removed from 100-year-old building in Hobart's Elizabeth St Mall - ABC News. Tears and joy as Melbourne coronavirus restrictions allow churches, mosques and synagogue services outdoors - ABC News. Inside the disappearance of Harold Holt — one of the largest search operations in Australian history - ABC News. Tasmanian Aboriginal community split over dual naming of places - ABC News. Tumby Bay's Dorothy Harris, 107, on meeting Kingsford Smith, living through 20th century - ABC News. Indigenous story wall restored, open to visitors in outback Queensland - ABC News. The Great Race's first winner Frank Coad remembers a rough, hand-laid track, and a car that dealt with it - ABC News. Richmond’s Woosha Squad flies again as the Tigers prepare for Friday's preliminary final - ABC News. Calls for bypass to help preserve Australia's oldest bridge at Richmond in Tasmania - ABC News. West Gate Bridge disaster still haunts the men who were there, 50 years on - ABC News.

Boab tree bears markings of Phillip Parker King, an Australian explorer you may not have heard of - ABC News. Beaudesert says goodbye to 'larrikin' milkman John Fisher on his final milk run, ending 103-year tradition - ABC News. Northern Territory historical society saves satellite tracker from scrap heap after a 3,000km journey - ABC News. Port Hedland covered by dust from iron ore mining, residents resist buyout. How an 'unwritten law', media spin and legal cunning saw Audrey Jacob get away with murder - ABC News.

Mudlarking passion unearths Wallamba River treasures, offering unique glimpse into past - ABC News. The extraordinary life of Nell Tritton, an Australian heiress who saved her husband from assassins - ABC News. UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fremantle prison reveals long-hidden secrets - ABC News. Matthew Flinders' 'Investigator' tree stump analysis busts Chinese explorer theory - ABC News. Crocodile hunter George Craig celebrates 90th birthday on Green Island - ABC News. Wars, droughts, bushfires could not stop Murray River paddle steamers. Then came the pandemic - ABC News. Australian history explored in Biennale of Sydney artwork about female convict turned pirate - ABC News. Thousands of convicts died in Tasmania. Where many lie remains a mystery - ABC News. Scott Morrison says the colony of New South Wales was founded on the basis there would be no slavery. Is he correct? - ABC News.

Historic former colonial flour mill up for sale in Tasmania - ABC News. The dog fight over school funding that went all the way to the High Court - ABC News. Victorian man 'Crayfish Dan' spent 40 years living in a coastal cave near Warrnambool - ABC News. Rare 200-year-old clay pipe depicting thylacine dubbed the 'holy grail' of Tasmanian archaeology - ABC News. Archaeologist searching for thousands of unmarked graves in Australia's cemeteries - ABC News. Captain James Cook's landing and the Indigenous first words contested by Aboriginal leaders - ABC News. Weak with the Spanish flu, my great-grandfather wrote this letter. The coronavirus pandemic gives it a new potency. Early Indigenous accounts of Captain Cook paint a different picture to history. COVID-19 restrictions may be new, but the Australian identity has long been intertwined with isolation. Historical hidden chalk mural found during renovations at Kew Primary School in Melbourne.

Siva Singh, immigrant who fought White Australia policy to regain right to vote, leaves lasting legacy. Coronavirus border closures reminiscent of Spanish flu shutdown in 1919. Historic community landmarks saved from demolition by ordinary Australians. Coronavirus is causing panic buying, but what does that mean for Australia's food security? Stuffed hooves of Larry, Ballarat fire brigade's 'magical' horse, back together after 118 years. Archaeologists uncover alcohol bottles at Tasmanian convict site. Port Arthur's hotel sprung up from ruins and once housed Hollywood royalty. How old newspaper clippings in ABC archives played a key part in The Eleventh podcast about Gough Whitlam's dismissal - Radio - ABC News. Indian Pacific celebrates 50 years but what does future hold for Australia's transcontinental train?

Sydney's secret huts that are one of the harbour's hidden treasures. Shoemaker shuts shop after 64 years, says difficult customers take soul out of business. Australia's oldest single-span wooden bridge facing concrete future after Christmas Eve fire. Fullers Bookshop celebrates 100 years as others fall by the wayside.