Poster, 1939: small print reads: ‘Hours lost mean fewer Beauforts [bombers] to back up our fighting men’ (source: National Archives of Australia 10460006, MP1472/1; donor: SC Weetman, formerly of Department of Aircraft Production)
Blogs and personal websites
100yearsoftrenches: Tim Leadbeater blogs from Auckland with an alternative view of Anzac and Anzackery from the Aotearoa New Zealand perspective.
A Sydney Anthology: art and literature from the Emerald City via David Morgan.
Adelaide Adagia: a weekly blog (Wednesdays) on what’s happening and what matters in Adelaide.
ANZ Litlovers Lit Blog: ‘for lovers of Australian and New Zealand literary fiction… our members are keen readers of all ages who discuss books and book-related topics by email’: Lisa Hill.
Anzac Her Story: Victoria Haskins tells stories about women with an Anzac connection.
Benjamin Wilkie: blog about history, culture and academia from Deakin University academic.
Bombs & Biodiversity: Ben Wilkie also blogs on the environmental effects of war and conflict.
Camden History Notes: items on this shire south-west of Sydney, from University of Wollongong academic, Ian Willis; particular interest in the shire during World War II and in town-planning and heritage issues.
Chris White: ‘blogging from a life-long unionist’ especially on left politics, union issues, Anzac and China labour law.
Darcy Moore, secondary school deputy principal: leadership, aspects of education, literature, music, photography, impact of social media.
Demos is an online journal run by ANU students and is good on social issues and thoughtful commentary.
Hatful of History worn by Evan Smith, Flinders University, and stressing contemporary history, politics and criminal justice research but also with a comprehensive Blogroll of links to other history and related blogs.
Historypunk: ‘exploring Australian history, new media and digital storytelling’: Jo Hawkins.
Joseph Camilleri, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, has a website encouraging dialogue in the area of peace and international relations.
Milstorical: ‘On mainly (Australian) military history things’: Ashleigh Gilbertson.
Mura Gadi: data base of resources at the National Library of Australia on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
My Mind’s Museum: historical thoughts, present concerns and future directions from secondary teacher Matt Esterman.
Pearls and Irritations: by former senior public servant, John Menadue.
Politically Homeless: Andrew Elder; has a list of links to Australian blogs.
Radical Sydney/Radical History: ‘a platform for radical writing about history’; Rowan Cahill; Terry Irving.
Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist: Celeste Liddle, feminist, Arrernte woman, union official.
Road to war and back: Claire Greer’s blog on her PhD research on the impact of the Great War on one street in Subiaco, Perth.
Shire at War: Phil Cashen on the impact of World War I on the rural shire of Alberton, Victoria.
Stumbling through the past: history and family history and book reviews with Yvonne Perkins.
The Resident Judge of Port Phillip: Janine Rizzetti, La Trobe University post-graduate.
Toni Hassan: Canberra writer on a range of subjects (and Fairfax columnist).
Wendy Bacon on journalism and public affairs.
Western Sydney Frontier: arts activism in Western Sydney with Katherine Knight; sharp Indigenous focus.
Project Gutenberg has a big list of books, with a link on the site to Project Gutenberg Australia, which has a good collection of public domain books published here, generally by authors who died pre-1955.
University of Adelaide Library e-Books is a massive resource of links to out-of-copyright works of all sorts.
Find-of-the Month: Canberra local history from the files of Archives A.C.T.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House ‘brings the journey of Australian democracy to life – presenting its past, present and possible futures’.
The National Archives of Australia: ‘your story, our history’, including photographs.
The National Film and Sound Archive: ‘the nation’s living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing our rich audiovisual heritage’.
The National Gallery of Australia: ‘Over 90 000 works of art across four main areas: Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, International art and Asian art.’
The National Library of Australia: ‘We cannot understand the present or plan for the future without the knowledge of the past.’ (Harold Holt, PM, 1966) A guide to how to use the amazing Trove resource.
The National Museum of Australia ‘is a social history museum. We explore the land, nation and people of Australia. We focus on Indigenous histories and cultures, histories of European settlement and our interaction with the environment.’
The National Portrait Gallery: ‘To increase the understanding of the Australian people – their identity, creativity, history and culture – through portraiture.’
SA Migration Museum: preserving, understanding and enjoying SA’s diverse cultures.
History profession, including commemoration
Gallipoli 100: UK-based resources for students, including material from UK, Australia, Ireland and Turkey.
History Australia is the partly (very much so) free-access online journal of the Australian Historical Association, published by Monash University and comprising articles on a wide range of topics relevant to Honest History.
International Research Network for War Commemoration (IRNWC) is a network of social science and humanities researchers with a common interest in commemoration of the world wars.
John Myrtle (email@example.com) is a Canberra-based researcher and former librarian. John has a database of thousands of Australian history references dating from the early 20th century to the 1970s. From time to time he contributes ‘Online gems’ to the Honest History site from his collection.
Photos of the Great War: image archive.
Public History Commons is an American website sponsored by the National Council on Public History and directed at those interested in the practice and study of history in public.
The Australian Cartoon Museum: Jim Bridges facilitates access to Australian cartoons on a wide range of subjects.
The Australian Historical Association ‘is the premier national organization of historians – academic, professional and other – working in all fields of history’. Honest History is an affiliate member of the Association.
The Australian Policy and History (APH) network, based at Deakin University, ‘works to link historians with policy-makers, the media and the Australian public… to inform public debate and promote better public policy-making through an understanding of history’.
The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) ‘studies the working class situation … and social history in the fullest sense’. (Canberra Branch now has website.)The Many-headed Monster: blog from four younger UK-based historians.
The History Teachers’ Association of Australia ‘seeks to foster an interest in History and the teaching of History, provide a forum for discussion and for the exchange of information relative to the teaching of History’ and achieve related objectives. The site links to state and territory associations.
The International Encyclopedia of the First World War is ‘an English-language virtual reference work’ being produced as an ‘international collaborative project involving more than 1,000 authors, editors, and partners from over fifty countries’.
The Professional Historians Association NSW ‘represents practising professional historians in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory’. The site includes a blog on the World War I centenary.
The TJ Ryan Foundation: progressive think tank focusing on Queensland public policy.
World War One Link links commemorative projects to a wider audience.
Flickr Commons: large resource of photographs, with private and public providers from around the world, annoyingly insufficiently free of permission restrictions.
Wikimedia Commons: free use media and sound files
World Socialist Web Site: news and opinion from a Trotskyist perspective
Peace and related
Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition is a Melbourne-based coalition of peace groups.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) partners with nonviolent movements around the world.
Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC) ‘believes that the most responsible way of honouring our veterans is to learn from past wars and conflicts in order that we may minimise the risk of catastrophic warfare in the future’.
Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation ‘promotes peace through all forms of art that relate to human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability’.
The Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) (Australia) ‘works for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction and the prevention of armed conflict’.
No Glory in War 1914-1918: a UK group which believes the centenary of World War I should be used to advance international peace and co-operation, rather than be turned into a celebration akin to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Pax Christi is an international Christian peace movement ‘involved in peace efforts in the fields of demilitarisation and security, human rights, ecology, development, economic justice and reconciliation’.
Resist Militarism is a UK website which addresses issues like militarisation of education and the treatment of conscientious objectors during the Great War.
Social Policy Connections ‘draws on the rich resources of the Christian social traditions, and works to bring them into creative engagement with contemporary challenges to human wellbeing’.
The United Nations Library at Geneva has extensive research guides ‘dedicated to peace’.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, founded 1915, ‘aims to achieve a more just and equal world, free of war and violence, where everyone has the full benefit of human rights’.
‘Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. We currently care for 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia.’
‘Soldier On is about Australians coming together to show their support for our physically and psychologically wounded; we will always have their backs. We work to enhance recovery, inspire communities and empower Australia’s wounded, giving those who have served our country the dignity they deserve and the chance to do and be whatever they choose.’