Category: ABC

Ararat – The changing fortunes of a small Australian Town

This was a project I did for the ABC (Australian National Broadcaster) in 2004. It was done in flash format as bandwidth couldn’t handle video back then. This is the first of a four part series that follows the fortunes of the country town of my birth. As flash format is about to become obsolete, […]

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Journey of No Return – African Refugee Experience in Australia

African Refugee Experience in Australia. Feel free to leave a comment telling me what you think of this one. Part One African Refugee experience in Hobart, Tasmania. Part 1 Looks at where African Refugees came from. music- dj marky mark (aka overlander) Part Two African Refugee experience in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Part Three Difficulties refugees […]

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Returning Home – A Story of Ararat 4

The Bush Spirit Aussies in the Bush are an ingenious bunch, making the most of every opportunity. Without rural entrepreneurs many country towns would lose their lifeblood. Mark Shea looked at three success stories ranging from manufacturing to farming.

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The Last Outback Boxing Troupe – Fight Night

Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe is the last tent operating in the world. Before the early 1970’s, Traveling Boxing Tents were part of the regular landscape at most country shows. The tents have such a long tradition in Australia, that in some towns, a young man will fight in the tent, watched proudly by their grandfather […]

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The Last Outback Boxing Troupe – The Tent Boxer

‘Cowboy’ Blair Wilson is a tent boxing legend. He gave away a promising professional boxing career to live the ramblin’ life of a tent boxer. For twelve years Cowboy has fought in the tent (most of his adult life) and has never once been defeated. A tent boxer doesn’t only have to be handy with […]

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The Last Outback Boxing Troupe – The Last of the Showmen

Fred Brophy is the World's Last Tent Boxing Showman, the son of a sideshow operator and a trapeze artist, he is fourth generation carny folk. Before television and radio, there was a strong outback tradition of storytelling. Around the campfires at night people would spin their yarns, never letting truth get in the way of […]

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The Last Outback Boxing Troupe – The Ghost Town Pub

Filmmaker Mark Shea wanted to see the World's Last Tent Boxing Sideshow. His quest took him to Outback Queensland where he found Tent Boxing Showman, Fred Brophy running a hotel in a Ghost Town. Join Mark as he explores the Australian Tent Boxing Tradition. Episode One – The Ghost Town Pub Fred Brophy's wife, Sandi, […]

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