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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: 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). A heavy hint from the General Staff.

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 (14): No conscription! Facts for doubting boneheads; 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: 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. Fairly quiet on the Western District front (but Camp Gallipoli report received). New exhibitions at the War Memorial (and another important work).


Neither rosy glow nor black armband … just honest