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Honest History promotes balanced consideration of Australian history by offering contesting, evidence-based interpretations to students, teachers, universities, journalists and the public. We challenge the misuse of history to serve political or other agendas.

Honest History: Beyond Anzackery: the Honest History book is coming in April 2017cover


‘Awkward humility’: the speeches of Brendan Nelson: Part I: Thrice more with feeling. Part II: Long bows, Holly Golightly and political baseball bats.

Turks did the heavy lifting: a longer look at the story of the Ataturk Memorial in Anzac Parade, Canberra, 1984-85 (Part I; Part II).

Honest History highlights reel: Nick Dyrenfurth’s Mateship: A Very Australian History

Elizabeth Tynan’s Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story, reviewed by Richard Broinowski

Divided sunburnt country: Australia 1916-18 (15): Final thunderous appeals, pro and con, on the eve of the conscription plebiscite; full ‘Divided sunburnt country’ series

Honest History goes to the pictures: reviews of movies and television series from the Honest History archives

retro-dining-set-ebay-regarding-contemporary-household-retro-kitchen-tables-and-chairs-ideasA material triumph and an aesthetic calamity‘: the work of Australian architect Robin Boyd, as seen by Humphrey McQueen in 2002 (picture)

Centenary Watch: Australian War Memorial Annual Report 2015-16, a new exhibition and Story Time. Building the Ataturk Memorial in Canberra. Estimates Committee. Conscription plebiscite centenary in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. More on the speeches of Brendan Nelson. Tour operators gear up for 2017 and 2018 – but not on Cup Day in Melbourne. More.


Neither rosy glow nor black armband … just honest


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