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 whose governing Council is now headed by a senior executive of Boeing, the world’s No. 3 arms manufacturer: physical AND reputational damage – disgraceful on both counts! 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: latest update 1 September: Audit Office possible work on War Memorial project; War Memorial equivocal response on Frontier Wars; Minister watching closely what is now a $550m project – at least

The War Memorial splurge in graphic terms: see below


Perverse priorities in Australian spending on cultural institutions (ABC)

An agenda for Albanese: areas to do with history, and where new government should take action: Frontier Wars should be commemorated at the War Memorial (equivocal reply received from Memorial on behalf of Minister; Memorial commences PR offensive); historians should be on War Memorial Council; release Brereton/Afghanistan progress reports (report now released); rein in spending on War Memorial extensions project (some replies in)

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

Claire EF Wright reviews Joan Beaumont’s Australia’s Great Depression

Peter Stanley on the failure of the Australian War Memorial to respond to critics of its role

Julianne Schultz’s The Idea of Australia: review note from David Stephens

Richard Broinowski reviews Senator Jim Molan’s book, Danger On Our Doorstep, and says it will increase hostility between Australia and China

Lessons from History: new book edited by Holbrook, Megarrity and Lowe; book note

Forty questions about the book, The Digger of Kokoda: Peter Stanley writes

Looking back

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been