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.

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The Voice to Parliament Handbook by Thomas Mayo and Kerry O’Brien


Quarterly Essay 90: Voice of Reason: On Recognition and Renewal by Professor Megan Davis

Time to Listen: an Indigenous Voice to Parliament by Melissa Castan and Lynette Russell


The Uluru Statement from the Heart

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

Frontier Wars retreat at the War Memorial

Time to be honest about the Australian Frontier Wars: a series

Frequently Asked Questions, here; here; Why the Australian Frontier Wars are important, here; here; What has the Australian War Memorial got to do with the Australian Frontier Wars? (here). (pic credit)

‘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 from September 2022 to September 2023. Is the Memorial fair dinkum about the Frontier Wars or is it hamstrung by a reluctant governing Council, including a retired Army Reserve Major General, national president of RSL?

An Action Plan for Frontier Wars recognition and commemoration: first article; second article; media release.

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

The Big Build at the War Memorial: total $548m so far but probably more to come!

Heritage Guardians: the story of a campaign against the $548m extensions to the Australian War Memorial

Ben Roberts-Smith and damaging the Anzac Legend

We’ve followed the story since 2018.

Looking back

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