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In this series Tony Robinson brings his inquisitive storytelling approach into Australia's streets. His mission is to uncover the hidden history that lies behind, below and above the places we walk every day.
Tony Robinson's Time Walks - Ep 4 Woolloomooloo
Tucked around a corner from the iconic sights of Sydney is a forgotten pocket-handkerchief sized suburb that contains hidden history from every era since settlement. From the Razor gangs of the 1930s to the Heritage Battles of the 1960s, Woolloomooloo has seen it all.
Tony Robinson's Time Walks - Ep 5 Bendigo
It's common knowledge that Bendigo was one of the biggest gold finds in history. Not everyone knows the city now sits atop a complex honeycomb of shafts and tunnels; it's literally built on rivers of gold. Her grand hotels and theatres have played host to international celebrities... and some shady characters too.
Tony Robinson's Time Walks - Ep 6 Newcastle
Taking its name from the English coastal mining town, Australia's Newcastle also has a reputation for toughness and heavy toil that began when the convicts were first dropped there to collect coal from the beaches. But it's also a town with a unique identity, a rich maritime history and more than its share of eccentric characters.
Tony Robinson's Time Walks - Ep 7 Carlton
Well known as the headquarters for generations of crime bosses, Carlton was also the epicentre to a creative outpouring in the 1960s and 70s that lead to the emergence of a uniquely Australian film and theatre culture. This inner-city gem has always been a suburb of incredible diversity. It's also home to Australia's first world heritage listed building, the remarkable Exhibition Building.
Tony Robinson's Time Walks - Ep 8 Brisbane
In 1941 sleepy tropical Brisbane found itself the nerve centre for the Pacific War effort, playing host to 100,000 US military personnel. The former convict colony found itself changing quickly, and the pace of progress has barely slowed since then. Yet politically Queensland is the most conservative state in Australia, even playing host to a white South African rugby team at the height of the apartheid era in the face of international condemnation.
Tony Robinson's Time Walks - Ep 9 St Kilda
Once a seaside retreat for 19 Century yuppies escaping "Smell-bourne", later a suburb completely defined by the heroin addicts who flocked there, St Kilda has endured a constant cycle of boom and bust - even carrying the label "Rock Capital of the World" for a few heady years in the 1980s. Today it is again one of Melbourne's most desired addresses.