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 ‘sacred’ War Memorial that is destroying itself. And now the costs are blowing out – $50m so far but probably more to come!

Heritage Guardians: a campaign against the $548m extensions to the Australian War Memorial; War Memorial responses on Frontier Wars; Minister watching closely what is now a $550m project – at least; analysis of the secret $50m boost under Morrison

The War Memorial splurge in graphic terms: see below


Perverse priorities in Australian spending on cultural institutions (ABC)

Frontier Wars retreat at the War Memorial

Estimates Committee transcript shows the extent of the Memorial’s backsliding as former Chair Nelson flies out to London; Henry Reynolds and Rachel Perkins at the National Press Club; War Memorial misses opportunity to clarify confusion about Frontier Wars; Media reports 9-18 November; Media roundup on Frontier Wars at the Australian War Memorial: RSL grumbles, united front crumbles; Encouraging noises from the War Memorial about future recognition and commemoration of the Frontier Wars – but is the Memorial backsliding under conservative pressure?


Mark Baker in Inside Story on the parlous state of digitisation of World War II records (while the War Memorial big build goes on)

Funny figuring in financing the Memorial’s big build: $5om extra bounces around the Budgets

Michael Piggott reviews David Lee’s biography of John Curtin

Frank Bongiorno and Michelle Arrow on the crisis in Australian spending on cultural institutions (see graph above for one aspect)

Looking back

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been