Secrets of Our Cities Series 2
In this series Greig Pickhaver delves into defining historical moments and the personal stories of triumph and tragedy that have left a lasting legacy on the way we live today.
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.
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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.
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.”