Highlights and Archives

Here you will find links to our series of Honest History Highlights. There are also links to parts of our website which we no longer update but which still contain lots of useful material.

Honest History Highlights


First Peoples

Four years of posts (to end 2017) on Australia’s First Peoples, including stories about their treatment in the past and about their aspirations and demands today. We were particularly interested in how Australians deal with the Frontier Wars and the related issue of the involvement of Indigenous Australians in our defence forces.

Inequality in Australia

Of all modern day Australian domestic issues, apart from those affecting Indigenous Australians, inequality is the one that is most susceptible to historical comparisons. Australia promotes an egalitarian ethos but how does the reality compare? From August 2014 to the end of 2017, Honest History tracked and collated resources on the recent practical history of egalitarianism in Australia – the history of the rise of inequality.

Jauncey’s View

Explores the careers of Australian historian and man-of-the-world, Leslie Jauncey, his older brother, Eric, and Leslie’s wife, Beatrice. Leslie, in particular, found himself in interesting parts of the world in the years before and after World War II and wrote perceptively about them.

Talking Turkey

Here you will find more than 30 months of research on the provenance of the famous words attributed to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and commencing in English ‘Those heroes that shed their blood …’ The research leads to the conclusion that, regardless of the worthy sentiments contained in the words, there is no strong evidence that Atatürk ever said or wrote them. On the other hand, there is strong evidence that the spread of the words at various times since 1953 (15 years after Atatürk’s death) has been due to the needs of Turkish – and to some extent Australian – politics.



There are separate thumbnails on our home page leading to:

Centenary Watch: our continuous chronicle from early 2014 of events, large and small, associated with the Anzac centenary and the centenary of service by the Australian Defence Force.

Divided sunburnt country: Australia 1916-18: an occasional series about the Australian home front during these years, with particular reference to conscription, industrial unrest, and sectarianism. There were 33 posts in the series by February 2018 and we will add more.

February 2018 updated



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