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.

National Capital Authority approves War Memorial’s ‘early works’ application despite 590 public submissions expressing concerns about all or part of the proposal and just three (3) supporting it


David Stephens reviews Douglas Newton’s Private Ryan and the Lost Peace, about the attempts to stop the Great War in mid slaughter

Kristen Alexander reviews Mark Baker’s The Emperor’s Grace, about Australian POWs in Japan

New proposed school curriculum promises a more honest view of our history – which means it will upset some people

President Biden’s recent statement focusses attention again on the Armenian Genocide

Ben Roberts-Smith (innocent until found guilty), Kerry Stokes, Paul Brereton, Brendan Nelson, Matt Anderson, the War Memorial: keeping up with the latest

The Spanish flu pandemic 1918-19 that killed 13 000 Australians and 50 million world-wide (with some recent updates)

A build for the times – or an extravagant folly?

Heritage Guardians: a campaign against the proposed $498m extensions to the Australian War Memorial

National Capital Authority consultation on ‘early works’ associated with War Memorial $498m project: dozens of trees to be cut down; premature demolition of Anzac Hall; massive excavation at Memorial entrance.

Arms and the War Memorial: let’s spend on health, not arms and submarines

Michelle Fahy on how an arms peddler qualified for charitable status. Michelle Fahy on how easily Australia sells arms to Saudi Arabia and UAE, in defiance of our international commitments. Australia, US F35 fighter jet deal: Budget issues, faulty jets, delaysDoes defence spending lead to wars – and does it make any sense against pandemics?; Memorial gets donations from the big arms company players but it is only ‘small change’ to them; Michelle Fahy on how Australia flogs armaments to overseas bidders; Sue Wareham on prioritising health spending rather than arms spending

Looking back

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been