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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.

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

Total Australian spend on Anzac centenary is around $A600 million – or $1.1 billion if you include proposed War Memorial extensions (and a bit more in this year’s Budget)

Parliamentary Committee report on national institutions is rather a ho-hum document

Rowan Cahill reviews Pam Menzies’ Port Kembla: A Memoir, a local history that captures the diversity of Australia

David Stephens reviews Our Corner of the Somme: Australia at Villers-Bretonneux, by Romain FathiRGB-Pinkie-1062x708

For Our Country: Australian War Memorial sidles a little closer to a balanced view of Indigenous warriors: David Stephens writes

David Stephens on a diversity theme in Australian Foreign Affairs, Meanjin and the Australian Dictionary of Biography (picture)

Derek Abbott reviews Peter Britton’s Working for the World, on Australian volunteers overseas

4112126‘German frightfulness’ from the Australian Light Horse, Egypt, 1919: Hall Greenland writes

John Blaxland reviews John Fahey’s Australia’s First Spies: The Remarkable Story of Australia’s Intelligence Operations, 1901-45 (picture)

Looking back …

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been