Appearance on The Today Show

With just a week to go until the 20th anniversary of the fire which gutted the Palace Backpackers Hostel in Childers, media coverage is ramping up considerably. I was a guest on The Today Show on Channel Nine this morning to discuss my recollections of the fire and its aftermath and of course, CHILDERS – The Full Story podcast. It […]

Episode 11 of Childers Podcast

Three days after the fire a highly emotional memorial service was held in the Community Centre. It featured the full suite of Government officials, but the focus was on the group of survivors, lead by James Whitehurst, who coined the term which would become synonymous with the 15 victims. Episode 11 of CHILDERS – The Podcast looks at how that […]

Childers Podcast – Episode 8: The Media Arrives

When Australia woke on the morning of June 23, 2000, it was to headlines of the tragedy unfolding in Childers. They were watching the vision shot by Channel 7 cameraman Mick Gray and hearing radio accounts from Wayne Heidrich who ran the local newspaper. They were the first pictures and reports that were seen and heard across the world. Their […]

Childers – Episode 7

Episode 7 of Childers – The Podcast is now available. It is the harrowing story of Julie O’Keeffe – as told by her brother David and his wife Deirdre. There are several ways you can listen to this episode. _____ Here it is in the PLAYER below: _____ _____ It is available on Apple Podcasts (aka iTunes) by CLICKING HERE […]

Episode 6 of Childers Podcast

Episode 6 of the Childers podcast is now available. It focuses on the community response to the fire on 23 June, 2000 – led by the town’s inspirational Mayor of the time – Bill Trevor. 20 years on, Childers continues to deal with the scars inflicted that night. However, with Bill at helm and Isis Shire Council CEO (and current […]

Childers – Episode 5

Episode 5 of Childers – The Podcast has been released. It features the remarkable story of New Zealander Tia Pou who narrowly escaped the fire. But Childers was only the start of her terrifying ordeal. You can hear Episode 5 with Tia on Apple Podcasts by CLICKING HERE You can also listen via the player below: If you’re looking for […]

How to Listen to Childers – The Podcast

There are numerous ways you can listen to the Childers podcast. Here’s how you can access the show. ———– You can just listen to it through the player below: Episode 1 ———– Episode 2 ———– Episode 3 ———– Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Episode 9 Episode 10 Episode 11 Episode 12 Episode 13 Episode 14 […]

Childers Podcast – Coming Soon

On June 23, 2000, the Palace Backpacker Hostel in Childers was set alight while its guests slept. It was the worst arson attack in Queensland history. The perpetrator, Robert Long, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on arson and two counts of murder. 15 people were killed. 69 managed to escape but their lives would never be the same. […]