Remember When With Harvey Deegan Podcast


Remember When an entertaining romp through bygone days every Sunday night. Join Harvey Deegan and guests as they bring history and our heritage back to life.


  • Jan OConnell - Eating our wildlife

    Jan O'Connell - Eating our wildlife

    25/10/2020 Duração: 20min

    These days we have laws protecting our wildlife but in the early colonial days, anything that moved was literally fair game for the white settlers as a way of supplementing their meagre rations.  From parrots and turtles to kangaroos and emu's, food historian and author of “Australian Food Timeline,” Jan O’Connell looks at the early days of eating our wildlife.  See for privacy information.

  • Military history with Graham McKenzie-Smith

    Military history with Graham McKenzie-Smith

    25/10/2020 Duração: 17min

    In this monthly segment with military historian Graham McKenzie-Smith he takes us on a road trip of defence heritage sites from Kalgoorlie to Perth. See for privacy information.

  • Derek Mott - WA Football history book

    Derek Mott - WA Football history book

    25/10/2020 Duração: 13min

    Derek Mott is compiling a book about the history of footy in WA at WAFL, metropolitan and country levels between 1885 and 1945. Derek is looking for old team photos, pictures of grounds, memberships and cards from this era. The intended release date is 2021.  Harvey also discovered that Derek, back in 2016 travelled around 30,000kms across the State to play, umpire or spectate at least one match from every football league in WA. Facebook: WA Football Research or [email protected] See for privacy information.

  • Richard Carroll - Director - Oklahoma

    Richard Carroll - Director - Oklahoma

    25/10/2020 Duração: 11min

    Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA have announced that actor Emily Havea (Wentworth, Harrow, The Secrets She Keeps) has been cast as cowman Curly McLain in their forthcoming production of OKLAHOMA! The season will run from Saturday 28 November to Sunday 20 December, on the Heath Ledger Theatre stage. Acclaimed director Richard Carroll (Calamity Jane, Once, The Show Goes On) was pleased that the estate of Rodgers and Hammerstein agreed to the cross-gender casting. Oklahoma! will be the company’s first staged theatre production since the postponement of the 2020 season due to COVID 19. Tickets available at or call 6212 9300 Director Richard Carroll joined us on Remember When. See for privacy information.

  • Animals in the archives - Memories of Perth Zoo

    Animals in the archives - Memories of Perth Zoo

    18/10/2020 Duração: 14min

    In this segment with the State Records Office of WA we speak to Senior Archivist Gerard Foley about the history of Perth Zoo, who just turned 122 years old and the interesting material in their collection relating to animals.  See for privacy information.

  • David MacDonald - Eric Edgar Cook

    David MacDonald - Eric Edgar Cook

    18/10/2020 Duração: 09min

    In this snippet of policing history with President of "The Western Australia Police Historical Society" David MacDonald, we look at the story of serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke.  From September 1958 to August 1963 Cooke terrorised Perth committing at least 22 violent crime with 8 of these resulting in deaths.  Cooke was the last person to be hanged in Western Australia. He was executed at Fremantle Prison at 8am on 26th October 1964. David says that every available police officer was put on the case with over 60,000 rifles located for testing and fingerprints taken from over 30,000 males over the age of 12. See for privacy information.

  • Adam Papalia - Brownlow Medal 2020

    Adam Papalia - Brownlow Medal 2020

    18/10/2020 Duração: 06min

    Brisbane Lions midfielder Lachie Neale has won the 2020 Brownlow Medal.  Lachie was the favourite going into tonight’s count and finished with 31 votes.  Port Adelaide’s Travis Boak came in second on 21 votes and St Kilda’s Jack Steele and Melbourne’s Christian Petracca tied for third place with 20 votes. The midfielder also won the Leigh Matthews Trophy for the players’ player of the season and the best player award as judged by coaches. In a year full of firsts Lachie had to place the medal around his own neck. 6PR Sports Director Adam Papalia says that “it was a record breaking medal count for Lachie Neale.” See for privacy information.

  • Roland Perry - “Red Lead: The legendary Australian ships cat who survived the sinking of HMAS Perth and the Thai-Burma Railway.”

    Roland Perry - “Red Lead: The legendary Australian ship's cat who survived the sinking of HMAS Perth and the Thai-Burma Railway.”

    11/10/2020 Duração: 22min

    Best-selling author Roland Perry joins us on "Remember When" to talk about his news book “Red Lead: The legendary Australian ship's cat who survived the sinking of HMAS Perth and the Thai-Burma Railway.”  Just after midnight on 1 March 1942, Australia's most renowned cruiser, HMAS Perth, was sunk by Japanese naval forces in the Sunda Strait off the coast of Java. Of the 681 men aboard, 328 survived the sinking and made it to shore-and one cat. Her name was Red Lead, and she was the ship's cat, beloved by the crew and by the Perth's legendary captain Hector Waller. But surviving shellfire, torpedoes and the fierce currents of the Sunda Strait was only the beginning of the terrible trials Red Lead and the surviving crew were to face over the next three-and-a-half years. From Java to Changi and then on the Thai-Burma Railway, Red Lead was to act as a companion, mascot and occasional protector for a small group of sailors who made it their mission to keep her alive in some of the most hellish prison camps on ear

  • Historical books with Guinevere Hall

    Historical books with Guinevere Hall

    11/10/2020 Duração: 17min

    In this historical books segment with Guinevere Hall from Typeface Books we look at: Nathaniels Nutmeg: How One Man’s Courage Changed the Course of History – by Giles Milton The extraordinary adventure-filled story of how England came to own Manhattan in the seventeenth century. In 1616, an English adventurer, Nathaniel Courthope, stepped ashore on a remote island in the East Indies on a secret mission - to persuade the islanders of Run to grant a monopoly to England over their nutmeg, a fabulously valuable spice in Europe. This infuriated the Dutch, who were determined to control the world's nutmeg supply. For five years Courthope and his band of thirty men were besieged by a force one hundred times greater - and his heroism set in motion the events that led to the founding of the greatest city on earth. The Anarchy: The relentless rise of the East India Company - by William Dalrymple In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling historian William Dalrymple tells the timely and cautionary tale of the r

  • Bruce Lees - Antarctica memories

    Bruce Lees - Antarctica memories

    11/10/2020 Duração: 13min

    Perth man Bruce Lees is a carpenter by trade and in the 80's he went to Antarctica twice to help rebuild important infrastructure for the Australian bases of Mawson and Davis. Responding to an ad in the local paper, Bruce was only 23 years of age on his maiden trip. Bruce joined us on "Remember When" to talk about his Antarctic adventures and challenges. See for privacy information.

  • WAs wildflower heritage

    WA's wildflower heritage

    04/10/2020 Duração: 23min

    In this regular segment with the State Library of WA we speak to Dr Kate Gregory about wildflowers. We are almost at the end of the wildflower season, and the State Library of WA has a wealth of collections relating to WA wildflowers – particularly in the work of Rica Erickson and also the photographer Hilda Wright.   See for privacy information.

  • Does WA have a signature dish?

    Does WA have a signature dish?

    27/09/2020 Duração: 16min

    There are regional differences from State to State both in foods themselves and in what they’re called. Food Historian and Author of "Australian Food Timeline" Jan O'Connell looks at some of these differences including peanut butter vs peanut paste, potato cakes vs scallops and jubilee twists vs the boston bun.  Jan also askes the question does WA have a signature dish? Tassie has the scallop pie, South Australia the pie floater, Queensland the Lamington and Victoria the Aussie dim sim ... so what is ours?   See for privacy information.

  • Graham McKenzie Smith - Defence Sites

    Graham McKenzie Smith - Defence Sites

    27/09/2020 Duração: 21min

    In this military history segment with historian Graham McKenzie Smith we look at defence sites which are north of the river. Some of the ones Graham talks about are Maylands Airfield, Anzac Cottage, Swan Barracks and Matilda Bay which was the home of the Catalina flying boats in WW2.   See for privacy information.

  • Blows, Willy Willies and Cockeyed Bobs: The first official records of cyclones in WA

    Blows, Willy Willies and Cockeyed Bobs: The first official records of cyclones in WA

    20/09/2020 Duração: 15min

    In this segment with the State Records Office we speak to Senior Archivist Gerard Foley about what the State Archives tell us about the recorded history of the major storms in Western Australia since colonial days. Gerard discusses the first official records about cyclones in WA, the different archival records they have which refer to cyclones as Blows, Willy Willies and even Cockeyed Bobs and the cyclone that sticks out in the minds of most West Australians, Cyclone Alby which struck off the Coast in 1978.   See for privacy information.

  • In Western Skies: A lookback at WAs aviation history

    In Western Skies: A lookback at WA's aviation history

    20/09/2020 Duração: 28min

    Perth aviation writer Tony McGrath has just released his new book “In Western Skies” which is a 300 page history of WA Aviation. It covers all 'airlines' (excludes charter, freight etc) that have operated here over the past 100 years, kicking off with Western Australian Airways (Norman Brearley), the oldest operated airline in Australia that commenced between Geraldton-Derby in 1921. It continues featuring over 100 airlines including MMA (Horrie Miller), Airlines (WA) Ltd (Charles Snook), Woods Airways (Jimmy Woods), Skywest, Skipper Aviation, Australian National Airlines (Ivan Holyman), Qantas (Hudson Fysh), TAA (Lester Brain), Ansett (Reg Ansett), East-West Airlines, Compass, Jetstar, Ozjet, plus 34 overseas airlines. The book concludes with a few other WA aviation facts including the history of Perth Airport. Copies of the book can be purchased via  See for privacy information.

  • Lorraine Kelly - Frederick Deeming

    Lorraine Kelly - Frederick Deeming

    13/09/2020 Duração: 14min

    Lorraine Kelly runs the "Goldfield Stories of WA" Facebook Page and recently began revising an article Norma King, her late grandmother had written about the first piano of Southern Cross and then of Coolgardie. In it, she stated that the notorious murderer, Frederick Deeming, who had many aliases, used to play it. She claimed in this article that his reputation as a good pianist helped detectives unravel his alias, which led to his arrest in Southern Cross. Deeming was arrested in Perth and then convicted and executed for the murder of his second wife in Melbourne in 1892. During the investigation it was discovered that he had been married before and had 4 children, who were all found murdered and cemented under a kitchen floor of a property that Deeming had rented. Deeming was also suspected of being notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper. See for privacy information.

  • Kaija Antipas - Rottnest Ranger

    Kaija Antipas - Rottnest Ranger

    13/09/2020 Duração: 10min

    September marks a month long celebration of the Quokka's birthday on Rottnest Island. The Quokka was first observed by a European in 1658 when the Dutchman, Volkersen, wrote that it resembled an Asian civet cat, but with brown hair. In 1696 de Vlamingh described the quokka as "a kind of rat as big as a common cat". He named the Island 'Rotte nest' (meaning 'rat's nest') and the name of the Island was eventually adapted to 'Rottnest'. Kaija Antipas, Ranger on Rottnest Island joined us on "Remember When" to discuss the history of the small marsupial, why it make's sense to celebrate their birthday in September and lets us know why the "happiest animal on Earth" needs little water to survive. See for privacy information.

  • Historical books with Guinevere Hall

    Historical books with Guinevere Hall

    13/09/2020 Duração: 17min

    Guinevere Hall from Typeface Books in Applecross joins us once a month on "Remember When" to talk historical books. In this segment we discuss the books: "Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse" by Cassandra Pybus - The haunting story of the extraordinary Aboriginal woman behind the myth of 'the last Tasmanian Aborigine'. "The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter: William Buckley, John Batman and the theft of Kulin Country" by Adam Courtenay - Just after Christmas 1803, convict William Buckley fled an embryonic settlement in the land of the Kulin nation (now the Port Phillip area), to take his chances in the wilderness. A few months later, the local Aboriginal people found the six-foot-five former soldier near death. Believing he was a lost kinsman returned from the dead, they took him in, and for thirty-two years Buckley lived as a Wadawurrung man, learning his adopted tribe's language, skills and methods to survive. See for privacy information.

  • Dr Kate Gregory - Battye Historian

    Dr Kate Gregory - Battye Historian

    06/09/2020 Duração: 19min

    John Boyle O’Reilly was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (the Fenians). While in WA, John wrote a number of poems in a vellum bound journal, which he appeared to have given to Father Patrick McCabe as a thank you gift. When the book was donated to the Library in 1989, its authenticity was questioned, and Library staff engaged in extensive research in attempts to verify it, including comparing handwriting samples from other O’Reilly manuscript documents and even asking the WA Police if they recognised the shorthand! It was not deemed authentic until Gillian O’Mara translated parts of the shorthand that covered vellum exterior of the volume, using some notes found in the John Flood papers. This revealed that it was by John Boyle O’Reilly. The book has been digitised and is available online through the State Library catalogue. Dr Kate Gregory, Battye Historian joined us on Remember When to talk about this fascinating story. See for privacy information.

  • Professor Robert Crawford - Cadbury

    Professor Robert Crawford - Cadbury

    06/09/2020 Duração: 21min

    In 2022 Cadbury will celebrate 100 years of operating in Australia. Professor Robert Crawford, Professor of Advertising at RMIT University is currently writing a history of Cadbury in Australia and is hoping to collect stories from chocoholics about their favourite memories – whether its sharing a block of Cadbury Dairy Milk with your best friend or hiding it from your brother, or just having Mum make you a warm cup of Bourneville cocoa before going to bed. In 1922 when Cadbury decided to expand internationally they chose Claremont in Tasmania as their factory site in 1922 due to its close proximity to the city of Hobart, good source of inexpensive hydro-electricity and plentiful supply of high-quality fresh milk. To share your memories of Cadbury you can contact Robert on [email protected] See for privacy information.

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