The Fascinating Story of William Buckley Part 4 (Final)

Today’s episode is the final instalment of a 4 part series on the escaped convict Wlliam Buckley who lived with the Wathaourong aboriginal people for 32 years between 1803 and 1835.  It covers the last few years of his life living with the Wathaurong aboriginal people and what became of him after re-contact with British society. 

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Episode 3 of the 4 part series on William Buckley. Buckley’s long stay with the Wathaurong people.

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Today’s podcast covers most of the time Buckley spent living with the Wathaurong people, about 25 years, as they roamed around South-Western Victoria.  I’ve basically summarised a lot of the highlights of this time as related in the book The Life and Adventures of William Buckley. I would like to footnote this episode by mentioning a couple of things first.  There was an ample amount of internecine violence between the various groups of aboriginal people Buckley lived and interacted with during this time and he talks of having witnessed both cannibalism and infanticde.  I have seen some sketchy far right Twitter accounts using these facts as justification for their racist ideologies in which they make sweeping assumptions about the inferiority of aboriginal culture. I want to make it absolutely clear that I do not hold these views.  Furthermore, the book itself was ghost-written by John Morgan, whose own racial prejudice is clearly documented in its preface. One must remember that he has coloured much of its contents with this prejudice. Nevertheless, I think it would be remiss of me not to report the important details of the book and so I have included them here, but it may well be that the Wathaurong account William Buckley, or Murrangurk as they called him, differs in some respects.

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The Westall UFO Incident

A discussion about the Westall UFO incident. In April 1966 hundreds of Melbourne schoolchildren witnessed what has become one of the most iconic UFO sightings ever. We talk about the ramifications and discuss its plausibility and the different theories about what this strange phenomenon was.

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