Honest History

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.

ImageFrom the Honest History vault: Humphrey McQueen and others on the Spanish flu pandemic 1918-19 that killed 13 000 Australians and 50 million world-wide (with 2020 updates)

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Recent highlights

From the Honest History vault: three reviews of books on our black history

Stuart Rollo in Overland on how the military-industrial-commemorative complex is militarising Australia

White Australians and Pakeha fight against Maori in nineteenth century New Zealand, writes Ingeborg van Teeseling

Thalia Anthony and Stephen Gray in The Conversation on the history of slavery in Australia

Alison Broinowski reviews Peter Edwards’ biography of Justice Robert Hope, reviewer of intelligence services

A build for the times – or an extravagant folly?

Heritage Guardians: a campaign against the proposed $498m extensions to the Australian War Memorial

awmsatHeritage Guardians submission to Public Works Committee inquiry into Australian War Memorial project

Eighty-two Australians sign collective submission to Public Works Committee inquiry into War Memorial project

Total Australian spend on Anzac centenary is around $A600 million – or $1.1 billion if you include proposed War Memorial extensions

Arms and the Memorial: let’s spend on health, not arms and submarines

Jordon-Steele-John-2019Senator Steele-John speaks out against arms company donations to the Australian War Memorial (pic: Wikipedia) See also: Memorial gets donations from the big arms company players but it is only ‘small change’ to them; Michelle Fahy on how Australia flogs armaments to overseas bidders; David Stephens on the Nelsonian legacy; David Stephens and Sue Wareham on 3CR; Sue Wareham on prioritising health spending rather than arms spending

Looking back

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been

 

 

 

 

 

 

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