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. 


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.

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The Uluru Statement from the Heart

Truth-telling under the Uluru Statement: the Australian War Memorial has a special responsibility: Time to be honest about the Australian Frontier Wars (a series)

‘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.’

For more on the War Memorial and the Frontier Wars see our associate site, defendingcountry.au

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

What First Nations people said about invasion, the Frontier Wars and sovereignty: extracts from the Referendum Council report 2017

Alison Broinowski reviews Henry Reynolds’s Truth-telling: History, Sovereignty and the Uluru Statement (2021)

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 (failed) campaign against the $548m extensions to the Memorial

Ben Roberts-Smith and damaging the Anzac Legend

We’ve followed the story since 2018. Latest: War Memorial stumbles towards a position (sort of) on BRS.

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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