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 destroyed itself and whose governing Council is now headed by a senior executive of Boeing, the world’s No. 3 arms manufacturer. Which adds up to physical AND reputational damage – disgraceful on both counts! And now the costs are blowing out!

Heritage Guardians: a campaign against the $498m extensions to the Australian War Memorial: latest update 2 July


Alison Broinowski’s review of Persons of Interest, the book by Pamela Burton and Meredith Edwards about their parents, Cecily and John Burton

Greg Lockhart on Anglicans, Anzac and the nation: from Pearls and Irritations

An agenda for Albanese: seven areas to do with history, where the new government should take action: Frontier Wars at the War Memorial; historians on War Memorial Council; release Afghanistan reports; rein in spending on War Memorial project

David Stephens reviews Bobbie Oliver’s book, Hell No! We Won’t Go!, on resistance to conscription in post-World War II Australia, including the Vietnam War era

Ben Roberts-Smith (innocent until found guilty), Kerry Stokes, Paul Brereton, Brendan Nelson, Matt Anderson, the War Memorial

Looking back

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been