For those who just came back: recent Honest History highlights

Honest History has been working (at slightly reduced capacity) over the Christmas and New Year holidays. You can track much of what has appeared on the website during that time by scrolling down Top recent posts, Reviews and Features. Look particularly for our review of Peter FitzSimons’ latest blockbuster Fromelles and Pozières: In the Trenches of Hell (‘This is a better book than this reviewer expected’), our Christmas miscellany of books and blogs worth consuming (there still is time to catch up), and another review note of a handful of books.

Then, there’s a note on the centenary of the Gallipoli evacuation, including some thoughts on how the Australian War Memorial and Minister Robert marked the occasion, a link to some essays on the tenth anniversary of the Cronulla riots of December 2005, and a Eureka miscellany. If you missed the items in our December newsletter, now two months ago, you can track them here.

More recently, Top recent posts has some items on Australia Day and the Australian of the Year and we noted the sod-turning for the whizzo Monash centre at Villers-Bretonneux, after the awarding of the contract had been announced in the shadow of Christmas. A donation from Rio Tinto brought the total Australian commemoration spend to $562 million (our estimate; if anyone has a better one, with reputable evidence, we will gladly publish it).

Finally, as we always do, we remind readers that Honest History, too, is always on the lookout for donations. Our HH elves are not starving but their work would be greatly facilitated if there was a bit more money in the kitty.

2 February 2016