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


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

Sue Wareham on not letting the War Memorial becoming something much uglier

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

Amy McQuire on why Australia Day really doesn’t cut it for Indigenous Australians: article in Guardian Australia; new book Day Break (with Matt Chun)

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