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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Heritage Guardians: a campaign against the proposed $498m extensions to the Australian War Memorial

Total Australian spend on Anzac centenary is around $A600 million – or $1.1 billion if you include proposed War Memorial extensions

Steve Flora reviews Robert Macklin’s book, Castaway, about a French cabin boy marooned in North Queensland and befriended by Aboriginal people

Margaret O’Connor writes about the old song, ‘The Mountains of Mourne’

Richard Broinowski reviews Tom Gilling’s Project Rainfall: The Secret History of Pine Gap

Alison Broinowski reviews Brian Toohey’s Secret: The Making of Australia’s Security State

Former senior government lawyer Ernst Willheim on Witness K and Bernard Collaery

John McLeod reviews Jared Davidson’s Dead Letters, on censorship in World War I New Zealand

download (1)Derek Abbott reviews Geoffrey Blainey’s memoir, Before I Forget, a narrative of emergence as man and historian

Tony Abbott has form on commemoration but is the wrong choice for the War Memorial Council: David Stephens writes (picture ABC)  But, he’s the pea!

Looking back

Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been