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.

logo PNGHonest History symposium, ANU, Canberra, 8 November, ‘Presenting, choosing, measuring, changing history’. With Frank Bongiorno, Michael Brissenden, Alison Broinowski, Pamela Burton, Michael Cooney, Shaun Crowe, Paul Daley, Emily Gallagher, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Carolyn Holbrook, Benjamin T. Jones, Ann McGrath, Michael Piggott, David Stephens, Sue Wareham, Clare Wright, in discussion. Booking and program.

‘An essential and well-timed volume on the development of northern Australia’: Rolf Gerritsen reviews Lyndon Megarrity’s Northern Dreams

Margaret Macmillan Reith Lectures 2018, ‘The Mark of Cain’: on war and humanity

A century on, Sir John Monash deserves evidence-based analysis, not boosterism: Chris Roberts and Peter Stanley write

downloadReview by Vance Gainsborough of Steve Sailah’s novel, Killing Kitchener: ‘a nicely paced yarn’

Centenary Watch: War Memorial consultations on its proposed extensions: ‘Look on my Works’. Old wine in new bottles?


tumblr_nv0hr0SUmj1tqaanho1_1280From another banking royal commission. ‘There is no possibility of any well-ordered progress being made in the community, under a system in which there are privately–owned trading banks which have been established for the purposes of making profit … In my opinion the best service to the community can be given only by a banking system from which the profit motive is absent, and thus, in practice, only by a system entirely under national control.’ JB Chifley (born 22 September 1885), dissenting report, 1935-37 Royal Commission on banking [14 September 2018]

Looking back …

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been