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Honest History Incorporated is a non-profit association registered under the laws of the Australian Capital Territory in June 2013. The Rules of the Association are based on the Model Rules under the Associations Incorporation Act, amended to suit the circumstances of the Association. Honest History is also a business name registered to the Association.

The Honest History committee

The committee of Honest History is:

President: Professor Peter Stanley of the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, Canberra, a former Principal Historian at the Australian War Memorial, is one of Australia’s most active military-social historians. His book, Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Murder, Mutiny and the Australian Imperial Force, jointly won the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian history in 2011.

Vice President: Dr Alison Broinowski, formerly an Australian diplomat, has written and edited 11 books and an untold number of articles on Australia’s interface with Asia and the world. She is working on a collection of historical essays involving Asian-Australian fiction, Australian public diplomacy and the operations of the ‘deep state’. Dr Broinowski is a committee member of Australians for War Powers Reform.

Secretary and Editor: Dr David Stephens is a former Commonwealth public servant, consultant and lobbyist. He has post-graduate qualifications in political science, law and French, has published a number of articles in journals and the Canberra Times and was involved in the Canberra campaign against the rival war memorials.

Treasurer: Michael Piggott is currently deputy chair, Territory Records Advisory Council, and president, Friends of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU. He was a librarian and archivist at three Canberra-based national heritage organisations (1972–98) and the University of Melbourne (1998–2008). He has been active in the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) since the 1970s and is the author of Archives and Societal Provenance: Australian Essays (2012).

Pamela Burton was a solicitor and barrister in Canberra for many years, has served on government boards and tribunals and is the author of a biography of Justice Mary Gaudron and of a prize-winning book on the Waterlow killings. She is a member of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia.

Dr Carolyn Holbrook is a research fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. She is working with Professor James Walter on a history of policy making in Australia, with particular emphasis on refugee, indigenous, employment and housing policy. She is the author of Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography (New South, 2014), which won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize, jointly won the NSW Premier’s History Prize and was shortlisted for the CHASS Prize and Asher Literary Award in 2015. Carolyn has previously worked as a food, wine and travel journalist and as a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Department under Paul Keating and John Howard.

Dr Carole Wigg MB BS MBioeth is a retired medical practitioner who migrated to Australia in 1985.  She has been a peace activist since joining Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament rallies in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and is active in the Medical Association for Prevention of War. She has a keen interest in history, developed through reading, travel and study of world affairs.

Supporters

Honest History has received the support of many distinguished individuals, including Michelle Arrow, Joan Beaumont, Frank Bongiorno, Judith Brett, Alison Broinowski, Pamela Burton, Richard Butler, Burcin Cakir, Anna Clark, Liz Conor, Ann Curthoys, Paul DaleyTom Griffiths, Gideon Haigh, Carolyn Holbrook, Stuart Macintyre, Mark McKenna, Robert Manne, John Menadue, Douglas Newton, Melanie Oppenheimer, Glenda Sluga, Peter Stanley, Tony Taylor, Christina Twomey, Sue Wareham, Ben Wellings, Richard White, Carole Wigg, Damien Williams, Angela Woollacott, Clare Wright and many others.

Where individuals or associations are described publicly as ‘supporters’ of Honest History they have agreed to be so described.

Honest History is an Affiliate Member of the Australian Historical Association.

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Contact

For all enquiries (including about getting Honest History speakers for your group or to pitch to Honest History) please contact:

Dr David Stephens
Secretary
Honest History Inc.

email: admin@honesthistory.net.au

Privacy and legal

Honest History will not pass on to third parties names and addresses or other details provided to it in the course of its activities, unless this action is expressly permitted by the person concerned.

Where individuals or associations are described publicly as ‘supporters’ of Honest History they have agreed to be so described.

Honest History Incorporated is subject to the law of the Australian Capital Territory under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 as amended and the Associations Incorporation Regulation 1991 as amended.

Please see also our editorial and moderation policy.

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