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In this series, host Greig Pickhaver travels to three iconic places in Australia to unravel their extraordinary and defining history.  An intriguing narrative of global events, migration and transformation, each episode cuts to the heart of the city, uncovering its unique place in Australian society.  With personal tales of triumph and tragedy masterfully woven through the history, a spotlight is shone on the hidden past as Greig reveals the secrets of our cities.

Photo credit Melissa Drummond

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Production Information

Series Director

Anthony Barwell

Series Producer

Lisa Dupenois


Darren Hutchinson

Mathew O’Donnell

Assistant Producer

Sally Rishworth

Executive Producers

Dan Brown

Jacqueline Willinge

Anthony Willinge


Greg Pickhaver

Series Editor

Ivan Davidov

Key Locations




Director of Photography

Darren Mccagh

Dave Lemay

Sound Recordist

Ash Charlton


Sean Tinnion

Production Manager

Claire Pugh-Williams

Post-Production Manager

Rebecca Kelly

Sound Mixer

Ben Morris


Block Branding

Kingdom of Ludd

Kalgoorlie's Dark Past

Kalgoorlie has witnessed a gold boom like no other.

Over the past 125 years, its gold has kept rising to the surface. But so have community tensions. From the early settlers forcing the traditional owners off their land, prostitutes being corralled into a contained section of the city and the incoming Italian miners eventually bringing about one of Australia’s worst ever race riots, Kalgoorlie’s residents haven’t exactly lived in harmony.

Photo credit Melissa Drummond
View of Kalgoorlie
Photo credit Laundon Peacock
Komninos with Greig watching the projection of the riots in Kalgoorlie

An Emotional History

“Where possible, we aimed to tell the history through the eyes of someone with a deep personal connection to it.”

“Hearing first hand testimony made far more powerful and, at times, emotional viewing than an interview with an expert. We also researched locations which resonated with the interviewee, helping evoke an image of a past era. Through the use of CGI we were also able to step back in time and see the extraordinary way in which these iconic places have developed.”

 – Anthony Barwell, Series Director

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