Good morning, we are continuing our Time Walkthrough Australia with Tony Robinson. Are you tired of the Tony Robinson palette cleanser? This time, Time is exploring Kalgoorlie in the first episode. The run time for this episode is 26:08. In the second episode, Tony explores Brisbane and the run time for this episode is 26:17. The first episode is not time-stamped but the second episode is.
Tony starts in a super pit. This super pit is the biggest gold-producing mine in the country. In the 1980s the government bought out everyone’s leases and just created a giant size the equivalent of five Sydney harbors. The pit operates 24 hours a day. Nobody is sure when the gold will run out. Tony then moves on to a pub that was built over one of the old mines. Here he learns the differences between Kalgoorlie and Boulder. There is even a place on the floor where one could see the old mine shafts. He tosses a coin down the shaft and it ends up in a bucket several feet down into the mine. Tony takes a tour of the shaft with one of the locals.
After the trip to the pub, head for the main drag. He meets up with a statue of Paddy Hannan. Paddy Hannan bloke likes Tony. He was an Irishman, constantly looking for gold. Eventually, they found Kalgoorlie. He became wealthy from the gold. The city grew up around the gold. Kalgoorlie was wealthy and was willing to flex its political muscle. The city had a choice to join the rest of the provinces to form Australia, while the other choice was to be independent. The government did not want the city to become a separate state thereby losing access to the gold. Kalgoorlie would join up with Australia.
Tony continues his walk-through of Kalgoorlie and gold was not the only valuable asset in the city. Water was valuable and a pipeline would be built between Kalgoorlie and Perth. When the tap was turned on Kalgoorlie would have fresh water. However, the celebrations when the pipeline was open were tinged with sadness. Why were these celebrations tinged with sadness? Why does Tony get into a car when this series is about walking? Continue to watch this episode to find out more.
Tony explores Brisbane in the second episode. Beneath the city of steel and glass, there are plenty of stories to be found. Tony begins the episode at the last remaining tower left over from the days when Brisbane was a penal colony. It was meant to be a windmill, however, there was no wind in its location. Instead of being a windmill, it was used to be punishment for the convicts. The convicts would ground the flour themselves using the treadmill.
After touring the mill, Tony heads on over to the hotel, and the hotel was built to resemble the mill. This hotel was the site of a protest against apartheid. After learning about the poorest, he heads down Jacob’s ladder. He discovers sculptures at the bottom of the stairs. The sculptures tell the story of Agamemnon and his murder. However, the sculptures would remind one of Dr. Who and the Daleks. Tony then learns about World War II and the headquarters of the United States during World War II. General Douglas MacArthur had his headquarters in Brisbane. He stayed there after he “strategically retreated” from the Philippines. The American Forces would transform Brisbane.
However, there were many African Americans who came over to Brisbane as a result of World War II. The Australian government did not appreciate the invasion because of the “White Australia” policy. However, they had to deal with it. Tony then gets distracted by a building that says “John Mills Himself,” and learns the history as to why the building was called that. Tony heads on over to the City Hall, which is the largest city hall in the world. Tony then heads to the bathroom and discovers some graffiti left behind by the soldiers. What else does Tony learn about Brisbane? Tune into there rest of the episode.
Brisbane was an enjoyable episode and Tony’s discussion on World War II would be a good section to show to a history class. In the Kalgoorlie episode, you can skip the brothel section which is at the end of the episode, unless you are showing this to college students.
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