January 2010

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 18 January / Repeat Friday 22 January 2010

Hollywood’s First Australian – Part 1

John McGowanIf you recall any of those early silent movies with railway trains steaming towards hapless actors tied to the railway tracks, then most likely the director was Hollywood’s first Australian – JP McGowan.

Born in Terowie in South Australia and now almost forgotten by all but a few film historians, the story of John Paterson McGowan is soon to be the subject of a new Australian film based on the life of this trail-blazing South Australian.

Today, Part 1 of an extended interview with Adelaide film director and author John J McGowan – any family relationship is as yet unproved. John is a regular film reviewer for Learning Works, and author of J.P. McGowan - Biography of a Hollywood Pioneer, published by McFarland & Company (USA). Part 2 will be heard on Monday 1 February.

Online Resources: Audio

Arts Literature and Music
Meet Music Maker Andy Salvanos

Andy SalvanosShoppers in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall have, from time to time, seen a musician playing a most unusual instrument. In this program, we meet Andy Salvanos and hear him talking about – and playing – the Chapman Stick.

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Monday 25 January / Repeat Friday 29 January 2010

Social History
Australia Day – Western Australia’s Early Dutch and French Explorers

On 26 January each year – Australia Day - Australians recall the arrival in New South Wales of the Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet of convicts, and the foundation of the settlement in Sydney Cove. But it’s easy to forget that, for almost 180 years before 1788, other Europeans – including ships from Holland, France, Portugal and even the United States - had come into contact with the Australian continent, and especially on our western coast.

This extensive and fascinating maritime aspect of our history is featured in permanent exhibitions in the Shipwreck Galleries of the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle. For Learning Works, Tony Ryan recently visited the Shipwreck Galleries and was given a guided tour by Myra Stanbury, from the Western Australian Museum.

As well as hearing about some of the maritime history of our western shores, especially the coming of ships from Holland and France, we also hear about the availability of nationally accredited training for anyone interested in marine archaeology as a career with a difference, and about the importance of collections such as this one, in coming to an understanding of our nation’s history. Further information is online –

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