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Inspired by the people and events that have shaped Australian history and character, with his authentically Australian down to earth approach, Adam Blum explores and shares their stories. Learn how in the past and more recently, service, sacrifice and grit have and continue to play a central role in Australia's True Blue History. Continue Reading >>
Inspired by the people and events that have shaped Australian history and character, with his authentically Australian down to earth approach, Adam Blum explores and shares their stories. Learn how in the past and more recently, service, sacrifice and grit have and continue to play a central role in Australia's True Blue History. << Show Less
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True Blue History - Kitty's War: The remarkable wartime experiences of Kit McNaughton By Dr Janet Butler The remarkable wartime experiences of Kit McNaughton Kitty’s War is based upon the previously unpublished war diaries of Great War army nurse Sister Kit McNaughton. Kit and historian Janet Butler grew up in the same Victorian district of drystone walls, wheatfields and meandering creeks, except many decades apart. The idea of this young nurse setting out on a journey in July 1915 which would take her across the world and into the First World War took hold of Janet Butler and inspired her to research and share Kit’s story.    Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Dr Janet Butler Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike
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True Blue History - Kitty's War: The remarkable wartime experiences of Kit McNaughton By Dr Janet Butler The remarkable wartime experiences of Kit McNaughton Kitty’s War is based upon the previously unpublished war diaries of Great War army nurse Sister Kit McNaughton. Kit and historian Janet Butler grew up in the same Victorian district of drystone walls, wheatfields and meandering creeks, except many decades apart. The idea of this young nurse setting out on a journey in July 1915 which would take her across the world and into the First World War took hold of Janet Butler and inspired her to research and share Kit’s story.    Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Dr Janet Butler Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike
True Blue History - Carly Box Carly Box served in the Australian Army for 11 years, where she became the first female to enlist into a Combat Corps as an operator of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, commonly known as Drones). She deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as a ScanEagle UAV operator, racking up over 1000 operational flying hours, returning in 2013 as a Shadow mission commander. Carly now co-owns the successful Barracks Gym in Brisbane, and hosts the Becoming Badass podcast.   Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Carly Box Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike
True Blue History - Gwen Cherne Gwen Cherne was appointed as the inaugural Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner on the Repatriation Commission in August 2020. The following year in March, Gwen was selected as a member of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. Gwen is committed to representing the perspectives of veteran families in ongoing policy and decision-making across Government. As a single mother with two young children at home, and having tragically lost her husband to suicide, Gwen is acutely aware of many of the challenges that Defence families face. “I am proud to be the Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner and to be charged with ensuring the voice of veterans’ families are heard,’ Gwen says. “As the widow and mother of veterans I am very passionate about this work and the important role that families play in Australia’s veteran support system. There is so much we can, and should, learn from families and I will make sure we do.”   Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Gwen Cherne Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike
True Blue History - Kevin Dasher Wheatley VC with Author Michael Madden Warrant Officer Kevin Arthur "Dasher" Wheatley VC enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1956. He served in Malaya with various units until 1965 when he was posted to the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV). Dasher is one of the most extraordinary characters in Australian military history. He was a husband, father, champion footballer and one of the finest soldiers this country has ever produced. The story of his sacrifice is used by the ADF to this day as a perfect example of valour and mateship. Although he is one of the most famous Victoria Cross recipients of all time, his story has never been fully told, until now. Author Michael Madden’s book captures every sense of this compelling story of courage, sacrifice and never leaving your mates behind.   Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Michael Madden Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike
Special 50th episode of True Blue History: Former Australian Army intelligence Officer Major (Ret) Sarah Watson In this Special 50th episode of True Blue History I am joined by Former Australian Army intelligence Officer Major Sarah Watson. Sarah served 18.5 years in the military, including a deployment to Iraq where she provided strategic intelligence support to Overwatch Battlegroup West 2.  Sarah discharged from the Army in 2015, Since that time Sarah has thrown herself into supporting Veterans through her work with ‘Soldier On’, and ‘Mates for Mates’. Sarah competed in the 2017 Invictus games winning 5 gold and 2 silver in swimming, cycling and athletics events.  When Sarah is not helping veterans she is busy raising her two sons George and David, training for triathlons, and running her new business ‘Good 2 Go’ mindset.   Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Sarah Watson Editor: Kyle Watkins Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway
True Blue History - Former SASR Veteran Team Leader Sergeant Anthony "Harry" Moffitt My guest today is former SAS Sergeant Harry Moffitt, who spent the majority of his 30 years in Australia’s Defence Force with the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). Harry completed 11 service deployments amassing nearly 1,000 days on combat operations globally, including being wounded in action in 2008. He completed his time with the SASR as its Director of High-Performance. He recently authored his memoir, Eleven Bats, a book about his military service and his love of cricket. He has a research Master of Psychology from Deakin University and recently completed a Harvard Business School Program. Harry and his family are based in Melbourne where he practises as a psychologist and strategic advisor across high performing sports, corporate, and government organisations as the founder and Director of Performance at Stotan Group. Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Anthony "Harry" Moffitt Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike
True Blue History - ANZAC DAY SPECIAL - Villers Bretonneux with Dr Aaron Pegram Welcome to a very special episode with today’s guest, Dr Aaron Pegram as we talk about one of the Australians’ most significant military actions during the Great War In early April 1918, the Australians and British had successfully defended the French village of Villers Bretonneux, only to have it lost later that month on 24 April. With the German Spring Offensive still threatening to break through towards the crucial transport and communications centre of Amiens, two exhausted Australian Brigades rushed towards Villers Bretonneux that afternoon to not only stop the German advance, but to retake the town. The significance of the pending anniversary was not lost on these Aussie troops as they fixed bayonets and waited in the darkness for the order to attack...   Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Dr Aaron Pegram Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike
True Blue History - Curtis McGrath: ‘Blood Sweat & Steel’ Part 2 Welcome back to our podcast with former Australian Army Combat Engineer, Author, Paralympian Gold medallist and World Champion, Curtis McGrath. We previously learned of his near-death experience with a landmine in Afghanistan that cost him his legs. In Part 2, we speak with Curtis about his road to recovery; not just physically, but mentally. Through his passion for sport Curtis approached every setback and challenge with courage, resilience, humour, grit and determination. This saw him compete in two Paralympic games where he won several gold medals. His is a truly inspiring story. Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Curtis McGrath Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike
True Blue History - Curtis McGrath: ‘Blood Sweat & Steel’ In todays podcast Adam is joined by former Australian Army Combat Engineer, Author, Paralympian Gold medallist and World Champion, Curtis McGrath. While serving in Afghanistan in 2012, Curtis stepped on a land mine, which resulted in life threatening injuries. Still conscious and aware he’d bleed out within minutes, Curtis, as the unit’s chief first aid officer, calmly directed his comrades to apply tourniquets and administer an IV and morphine. As Curtis was stretchered to a helicopter, fearing he would never see his family again, he joked that he would one day become a Paralympian. Against the odds, just months later Curtis was up and walking on prosthetic legs, motivated by the opportunity to march with his unit in their welcome home ceremony. Kayaking gave Curtis a new sense of purpose and this saw him go on and win Gold in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In 2021, Curtis stormed home to victory in the Tokyo Paralympic Games bringing home 2 more Gold medals. Through his passion for sport and how it can transform lives, Curtis is ready to share his extraordinary story, and how he has approached every setback and challenge with courage, resilience, humour, grit and determination.   Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Curtis McGrath Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway Academic Adviser: Margaret Strike
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