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.

The trees have no voice: destroying 100 trees at the Australian War Memorial to build the $498m., 24 000 sq. metres, unnecessary and inappropriate extensions


Getting their story straight: War Memorial squirms (just a little) at Senate Estimates, 24 March

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

John Myrtle reviews Adam Wakeling’s A House of Commons for a Den of Thieves, on Australia’s early history

Alison Broinowski in Independent Australia on why Australia needs an independent foreign policy

Australia’s haunted house: Mark McKenna in The Monthly on how the Australian War Memorial showcases our past and perhaps distorts our future

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. Have your say to the National Capital Authority on the Memorial’s ‘early works’ application.

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

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