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.

Honest History in 2018 – and possibly beyond


John Shield looks at Don Charlwood’s All the Green Year (1965), on war, depression and change in 20th century Australia (picture)9781922079428

National Museum’s Australian Journey: a useful resource for secondary and tertiary students

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, the Settlers and the Protectors: Ben Wilkie reviews Bain Attwood’s new book

Centenary Watch: Bombing of Darwin 76 years on. New Minister unveils a tapestry and talks about commemoration events in 2018. How long for Dr Nelson? Donations from arms manufacturers to the Australian War Memorial: an interesting point (picture).

yemen-airstrikes-1024x790Hodeidah (Al Hudaydah), Yemen, 2016: aftermath of airstrike by Saudi jets, supplied and maintained by BAE Systems, a major donor to the Australian War Memorial (picture credit: Independent/Reuters). The Memorial’s theatre has been called the BAE Systems Theatre since 2008. In 2010 BAE was fined $US400 million for conspiring to make false statements to the US government about BAE’s anti-bribery arrangements.

HONEST HISTORY HIGHLIGHT: Western civilisation and education: recent news that the Ramsay Foundation is putting up money for universities to teach courses on Western civilisation raises similar issues to those that surrounded moves on the school history curriculum in 2013 (18 February 2018)

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been