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From alleyway gangsters to cold war spies to eccentric entrepreneurs, Australian history is full of colourful but forgotten characters. Host Jen Kelly talks with experts, historians and yarn spinners to uncover the untold stories of some of our most interesting and offbeat ancestors. Produced by Jonty Burton and Elouise Tynan.
 
Welcome to The Zest Is History, a brand new podcast from Melissa Mason and Josie Rozenberg-Clarke (former hosts of All Aussie Mystery Hour). Each week, they will spin you a 100% legit and maybe 80% researched yarn from Australia's weird, wild and obviously zesty history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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AB 'Banjo' Paterson is well known as the lyricist behind the classic song 'Waltzing Matilda', but the music was contributed by Christina MacPherson, a woman with her own remarkable tale. Chris Adams, author of the Grave Tales series of books joins Jen to tell Christina's story. Like the show? Get background articles and more at https://www.heraldsu…
 
In this episode, Josie tells Mel the chaotic story of Lennie Gwyther, a 9-year-old boy whose parents let him ride his pony Ginger Mick 1000km to Sydney to see the opening of the Harbour Bridge. Shoutout to Nik from the Zest Is History Facebook group for suggesting this yarn! Hate any kind of zest? Skip straight to 20:20. CREDITS: SMH 2015 by Caroly…
 
When Sam Knott explained he 'allus has wan at eleven' when a photgrapher asked why he drank before noon, it became the start of one of Australia's biggest advertising campaigns. Jen Kelly talks with author Chris Adams about the tale. Like the show? go to https://heraldsun.com.au/ibaw for more. Read more from Chris' Grave Tales series - go to: https…
 
This week, Mel tells Josie all about the infamous B&S ball - once called Bachelor and Spinster Balls, now often called "Beer & Sex Balls". In the ye olde days, these events were about matchmaking - now, they're kinda a huge debaucherous festival. As always, love us please: Join The Zest Is History Podcast group on FB by searching for "The Zest Is H…
 
A young man with a self-confessed lazy streak found himself on the end of the hangman’s noose in 1857 for his cruel act while bailing up a family man on Flemington Rd. Like In Black and White? Get backgrounders and more at: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/in-black-and-white See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
CRIKEY, WE'RE BACK! Josie tells Mel the story of one her most favourite people: conservationist, larrikin and family man Steve Irwin. Can she get through it without crying? Probably not! For a bonus video of Josie answering Steve-related questions, head over to our Patreon! To skip the zest, head straight to 20:45. CREDITS: 1992 Who Magazine articl…
 
Topics: Alfred Hitchcock, auteur cinema, space feudalism, Bioshock, Trump being the worst president in history, our Bolshevik Pope, the coming race war, David Koresh, British Scientology, professional clown makes kid shit himself, a twenty person commune having a CIA coup, Mammonburg's religious views, anti-witch hysteria, hotep joker, the Midwest …
 
This week, Josie tells Mel all about the time in 1971 when a mysterious man called Mr Brown called QANTAS HQ and told them there was a bomb on a plane. That was already in the sky. And the bomb would detonate if the plane dropped below 20,000 feet... Wanna skip the zest? Head straight to 27:58. CREDITS: ABC News by Bridget Judd https://www.abc.net.…
 
This week, Mel tells Josie about Toots Holzheimer, Australia's first female truck driver who traversed the chaotic terrain of Far North Queensland (oh, and had like 400 babies while doing so). CREDITS: Toots: Woman in a Man's World by Donna Vawdrey As always, love us please: Join The Zest Is History Podcast group on FB by searching for "The Zest Is…
 
In Part 2 of our second Sydney live show, Mel schools Josie on the most fearsome creature to never exist, the drop bear. You can find the pics for this episode in our Facebook group or on our Instagram page, details below! CREDITS: As always, love us please: Join The Zest Is History Podcast group on FB by searching for "The Zest Is History Podcast"…
 
When a chocolate salesman was gunned down in 1913, forensic police used the newfangled technology of fingerprinting to crack the case. But the scallywag they had in their sights wouldn't go down without a fight. Go to https://www.heraldsun.com.au/ibaw for more on this story. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
This week, it's the first part of our second Sydney live show! In which Josie tells Mel all about Jessie Hickman, a female bushranger who kicked a supreme amount of ass. You can find the pics for this episode in our Facebook group or on our Instagram page, details below! CREDITS: Blog post by Di Moore https://www.openwriting.com/archives/2009/05/el…
 
It's the second part of our first Sydney live show! This week, Josie tells Mel the whole, painfully '00s story of Princess Mary - just a gal from Tassie who ended up at a Sydney pub and happened to hook up with the Crown Prince of Denmark, leading to marriage and some really cute babies. You can find the pics for this episode in our Facebook group …
 
This week, it's a live recording of our first Sydney show! Mel tells Josie about Beth Maynard, a feisty old-timey gal who had 1,000 husbands and traipsed all over Australia, only to meet an untimely death in Silverton, NSW... was she killed? Or did she die of a broken heart? CREDITS: Odd History, Annie O'Reilly http://www.oddhistory.com.au/outback-…
 
MERRY XMAS EVERYONE! As a special holiday treat, Josie tells Mel all about a creepy Icelandic Xmas tradition, the Yule Cat. If you want to see the video of the episode, join our Facebook group by searching The Zest Is History Podcast on FB. CREDITS: https://www.zmescience.com/other/feature-post/christmas-myths-yule-cat/ As always, love us please: J…
 
We normally talk about the hidden characters in Australian history. Dame Nellie Melba was far from that. But while the opera singer's achievements are recognised in our cuisine and our currency, what's less known is her secret life as a prankster. Ben Oliver from Drinking History Tours tells the story. Like the show? Go to heraldsun.com.au/ibaw See…
 
This week, Josie tells Mel all about Errol Flynn, who left Tassie for the bright lights of Hollywood and ended up becoming a huge (and problematic) movie star in the 1940s. We also filmed the episode for Patreon supporters! Become a supporter at https://www.patreon.com/thezestishistory Can't bear the zest? Head straight to 15:15. CREDITS: Vanity Fa…
 
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