Honest History

Wominjeka! Yumalundi!*

‍We pay respect to First Nations people and to their Elders past, present and emerging. This website was developed in Kamberri (Ngambri and Ngunnawal people) and Naarm (Kulin Nation) on land that always was and always will be Aboriginal and has never been ceded. The website contains information and images (including images of people who have died) that may cause distress to First Nations people. 


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Honest History website: ten years on and we are winding back a bit; but for the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Frontier Wars, see our sister site, defendingcountry.au

‘The Australian War Memorial must properly recognise and commemorate the Australian Frontier Wars as an essential part of Truth-telling and as a first step to reframing Australian national commemoration.’

A summary of events at the Memorial from September 2022 to September 2023: dithering and dissembling and mixed messages.

Action Plan for Frontier Wars recognition, commemoration

Peter Stanley reviews David Marr’s Killing for Country, about the murderous Queensland Native Police (white officers)

The Big Build at the Australian War Memorial: total $548m (and counting)

The Anzac Parade facade of the Memorial, February 2024 (supplied). See the bladed wall emerging from the scaffolding? Compare with remarks from the Memorial at various times (eg here) that its facade would be unchanged by the redevelopment. Ha!

And a more recent picture from April, showing the revamped Parade Ground.

Audit Office (ANAO) performance audit on management of the War Memorial project

The report; ABC; Age/SMH; Canberra Times; Guardian Australia; Mandarin; PS News; SMH.

The ANAO is always very cautious in its reports but if it gave marks out of 10, this comes in as a bare pass, perhaps a 6 out of 10.

The Memorial’s quick reaction tried to make the best of things.

Minister Keogh has asked for an urgent briefing from the ANAO, followed by discussions with Memorial management. Watch this space.

Looking back

* Wominjeka means ‘welcome’ or ‘come with purpose’ in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Yumalundi means ‘Hello’ in the Ngunnawal language of the Canberra traditional owners.

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