This Month in Radio

Year Series
1933 Then - and Now
1933 Tiger Rose
1933 South Seas
1933 Bought and Paid For
1933 Wedding Bells
1933 Saturday Night Shockers
1933 My Lady's Dress
1934 Taxi FL2226
1935 Return of Inspector Scott
1935 French Revolution
1935 Tale of the Black Opal, The
1935 Swiss Family Robinson
1935 Birth of the British Nation
1935 Search for the Missing Link, The
1935 Clive of India
1936 Adventure Bound
1936 Voice of Fate
1936 Dead Or Alive
1937 Arabian Nights, The
1936 Mr & Mrs Everybody
1937 Double Crossed
1937 Leaves from the Other Woman's Diary
1937 Real Life Stories
1937 Pickwick Club, The
1937 Fly By Night
1937 Unsolved Mysteries
1937 Empress Josephine
1937 Tooth and Claw
1937 Synchronisation
1937 Lady Jane Grey
1937 Under Two Flags
1937 Newspaper Adventures
1939 Recollections Of Geoffrey Hamlyn, The
1939 Get Tour Man
1940 Prisoner of Zenda, The
1942 Piccadilly
1940 Time Will Tell
1940 Andy the Yes Man
1940 Beyond Reasonable Doubt
1940 Martins Corner
1940 Pauls Family
1941 Casting Bureau
1941 Roosevelt, Man of Destiny
1941 Here's A Queer Thing
1941 Secret Service Memoirs
1941 Just So stories
1941 Rank Outsider, The
1942 That's How it Started
1942 History of Mr Polly, The
1942 Mr Polly
1942 Halliday And Son
1942 In His Steps
1943 Their Finest Hour
1943 Music With Mirth
1943 Talking Drums
1944 Story of Susan Lee
1944 Forgotten Men
1944 Doctor's Memories, A
1944 This Man is dangerous
1944 Man I Might Have Married, The
1944 Top Flight
1944 Septimus
1945 Private Secretary
1945 Quick as a Flash
1945 Departure Delayed
1945 Passing Parade
1945 Adventures Downunder
1945 Young Pioneers
1945 Amateur Gentleman, The
1946 Love Making Incorporated
1946 Sparrows of London
1946 Woodleys, The
1946 Constant Nymph
1946 Anderson's Place
1947 Bob Dyers Dude Ranch
1947 Young Company, The
1947 Anne of Green Gables
1948 Two Dianas, The
1948 Come With Me Caroline
1948 Wind In The Water, The
1948 Here Comes the Toff
1948 Cavalcade
1948 Aspro Housewives Quiz
1948 Golden Colt, The
1948 Pollyanna
1948 Adventures of Bren
1948 Space Explorers, The
1948 Strange House of Jeffery Marlowe, The
1948 Thundering Hooves
1948 Blue Danube, The
1948 Queen's Necklace The
1948 Beau Gest (1948)
1949 Lorna Doone
1949 Colonel X
1949 Double Indemnity
1949 House in the Country
1949 All Visitors Ashore
1949 Rajahs Diamond, The
1949 Emma (ABC)
1950 Convict Girl
1951 Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1951)
1951 Dawlish
1951 Affairs of Harlequin, The
1952 Invincible Kate
1952 Legend
1952 Black Arrow, The
1952 Famous Novels of Rafael Sabatini
1952 House of Darkness
1953 High Window
1953 Famous Rescues
1953 Tom Corbett Space Cadet
1953 Twilight Ranger
1953 Mission to the Nation
1953 Lord Arthur Seville's Crime
1954 Famous Explorers
1954 Operation Spaceman
1954 Franchise Affair, The
1954 Persuasion
1955 Shades Will Not Vanish, The
1955 Second Fiddle
1955 Sea Hound
1956 Lord Jim
1956 Timber Ridge
1956 Campbell's Kingdom
1956 Adventures of Clara Cluff
1956 Mile Pegg
1956 College of Knowledge
1956 Stranger in Paradise
1957 Shining Harness
1958 So Little Time
1958 To Catch a Falling Star
1958 A wren Called Smith
1959 Steak For Breakfast
1959 Made for Each Other
1961 Emma (3AR)


The Sinking of the Centaur

As they search for the Centaur, and now have found it, we have an episode that details the tragic event, as well as an episode on the HMAS Sydney click here to read and listen

Colonel X - Can We Help You
ABC 16/10/2009

Click here if you want to watch how we assisted the grandson of Colonel X learn more about his grandfather Colonel X of the radio serial fame. Look for episode 36

Please come back soon for the full Colonel X story


click here if you want to advertise/link here

click here if you want to send us a private message

The Sinking of the Centaur

by Ian Grieve

centaur There is a part of Australian history happening off the Queensland coast at the moment.

Something that is never far from the mind of a responsible Radio Transcription Collector is the content of the discs he/she has on their shelves. The members of the Australian Old Time Radio group have openly made recordings available from their collections to descendants and interested parties. We have supported Radio Stations, Television Productions and many individuals with a need to access particular items. We also support the copyright owners of the recordings and seek permissions and work with them.

In view of the publicity surrounding the new search for the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur and the expected find before Christmas, I thought I would share with you a recording from my collection. This recording may not be as popular to some as an episode of Carter Brown Mysteries but it is rather special. It is episode 58 of Lest We Forget from 1943. Lest We Forget was a Red Cross program that combined music of the day, and current news of the Red Cross. Yes, it is a thinly disguised call for donations but this is in the days where ads were often a part of the program and not an interruption.

In this episode, the program features the sinking of the Centaur. The episode will be of interest to many people for the music and songs by William Laird, Tenor William Herbert, Orpheon Choristers and the Heidelburg City Choir. Listening with today's ears it will seem old fashioned and it is. Descendants of those singers and members of the choirs however will have extra reason to listen. During the performance, you will hear details of the sinking of the Centaur just as it was discussed 66 years ago.

At 4.10am 14th May, 1943, Australian Hospital Ship Centaur travelling from Sydney to Port Moresby, New Guinea, was sunk by torpedoe from a Japanese submarine. Controversy evolved around the fact that visibility was clear, the ship was clearly marked as a hospital ship and well lit. There were 363 crew, medical staff and nurses, only 64 were rescued.

The Transcription Disc is very worn with several bad scratches and skips a bit. I have overcome that as best as I could. The Compare for the show is the famous Norman Banks and the program was Directed by Hector Crawford.

The 2nd recording is These were their yesterdays ep42 HMAS Sydney AWA, 1951. The reason I have included this is because I didn't get the opportunity to make it available when HMAS Sydney was found. This recording has significance to me as my Father was on HMAS Sydney and was transferred off as it left on its final voyage. He had passed an exam and was promoted and was exchanged for a rating on a smaller ship who suffered seasickness. That rating was then transferred to HMAS Sydney being larger and they felt he was less likely to feel the effects of sea sickness. Ironic. I felt that since the same group who found HMAS Sydney was handling the search for Centaur, that the two recordings would compliment each other.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Anderson for permission to use Lest We Forget from my collection. NFSA & Chris Maitland for permission to use These Were Their Yesterdays and Craig Nugent for supplying the episode. Centaur image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

Listen to:

Lest We Forget ep 58 These Were Their Yesterdays ep 42


right click on episode name below and click Save Target As

Lest We Forget ep 58 These Were Their Yesterdays ep 42
Please note that the recordings are copyright to AustralianOTR Group and other copyright owners. Whilst permissions have been sought and granted for listening and downloading, it is strictly prohibited for the recordings to be sold, or broadcast on Radio without permission in writing from Australian OTR Group. Breaches of this agreement will result in prosecution and no further recordings being made available. Community Radio please take note!