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Shooting The Past - ABC RN

Shooting The Past brings you Australian history through a new lens. Each episode features a historical event or era, and starts with a single photograph and the question; what is going on in this picture?
Shooting The Past - ABC RN

Description

Shooting The Past brings you Australian history through a new lens. Each episode features a historical event or era, and starts with a single photograph and the question; what is going on in this picture?

Episodes

The rugmaker of Prahran

Oct 20, 2017 00:25:01

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A photograph of a man radiating pride amidst a sea of riotous colour and luxury, sends Clare Wright diving into the recent history of immigration to Australia.

Flo and Bena and the Mallee root

Oct 13, 2017 00:25:02

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A family photograph of two prim women standing in barren wasteland casts Clare Wright into the heart of Victorian Mallee country, to unearth a story of destruction and renewal. 

Zelda in chains

Oct 6, 2017 00:24:58

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Clare Wright unlocks the story behind a 1969 press photograph of a neatly dressed woman smiling demurely at the camera while chained to the front doors of a city building.

Bones

Sep 29, 2017 00:25:01

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Clare Wright heads to the hallowed ground of the MCG to tackle the man in the centre of a photograph which defies every notion of the modern day professional sporting hero. 

The sunshine cure

Sep 22, 2017 00:25:12

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Clare Wright looks squarely into the faces of a line of bed-ridden boys in a photograph that recalls the terrifying scourge of polio, a disease which ravaged Australia in the first half of the 20th century.

Shattered Anzacs

Sep 15, 2017 00:25:02

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An affecting photograph of a wounded unknown WW1 soldier takes Clare Wright deep into Anzac territory, to examine the physical and moral legacies of war.

All hands on deck

Sep 8, 2017 00:24:52

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Clare Wright massages the meaning behind an intriguing photograph which reveals a very different view of the White Australia era.

The promised land

Sep 1, 2017 00:25:02

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Clare Wright poses a slippery question about a photograph of Wurundjeri leader William Barak, taken at Coranderrk station in 1897.

Introducing Shooting The Past

Aug 25, 2017 00:01:12

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A new history program from ABC RN. Shooting The Past brings you Australian history by using a photograph to discover the story behind it. Begins Friday September 1 at 1.30 pm on ABC RN, ABC Radio app and iTunes.