Honest History E-newsletter No. 47, 25 October 2017

ISSN: 2202-5561 ©

New and recently on the Honest History website: original material, book reviews, links

Michael Piggott reviews Ross McMullin’s new book, Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words.

Kristen Alexander reviews Clare Makepeace’s new book, Captives of War: British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War.

Here we go again: complaints about history curricula, this time tertiary: David Stephens comments.

David Stephens on a skirmish in the Canberra Times over the bungled editing of a letter about a War Memorial that ‘has lost its way’.

Doug Morrissey on the heritage marketing of Ned Kelly: neither hero nor villain, victim nor psychopath, but cash cow.

John Shield on Dylan Voller, Don Dale, Kinchela and long histories of silence.

An alternative view of Anzac and Anzac Day from St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

Margaret Beavis writes in Fairfax about the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Australian-founded International Campaign against Nuclear Weapons. Links.

Stephen Gapps from the Maritime Museum asks whether ‘blackbirding’ of South Sea islanders to Queensland was slavery. Some comments provoked.

Chris Bowen talks to the Asia Society on the need to engage with Asia. Plus links to Penny Wong and Julie Bishop speeches.

Claire Higgins’ Asylum by Boat, on the origins of Australian refugee policy.

Anna Clark writes in The Conversation about the history of fishing in Australia – and has a new book out on the same subject.

Don Watson (The Monthly) and Tracey Spicer (Fairfax) with more thoughts on the memorials and ‘rewriting history’ debate. (Links to our collection of resources on this topic.)

Patricia Clarke in NLA Unbound on Jennie Scott Griffiths, a Great War feminist, anti-conscriptionist, and mother.

Norman Abjorensen in The Conversation reviews a new book by Strangio, ‘t Hart and Walter on how Australian prime ministers 1949 to 2016 have done the job.

Aaron Corn in The Conversation on Dr Joe Gumbula and Indigenous knowledge passed on through singing.

Matthew Haultain-Gall in Overland on why some battles get remembered and some (like Passchendaele) tend to be forgotten.

Centenary Watch

Monash busted. In other ministerial news. Comebacks.

Whizzbang of the month

‘Okay, imagine the pastoralists are coming in, they’re poisoning waterholes, they’re shooting blackfellas. They’re recognised quickly as a demon. But then the missionary comes in, and he goes, “Hey, if you come and stay on my mission with me, I’ll protect you from the pastoralists, but you have to give up all of your language and culture, and then suddenly, I’m going to start taking your children away if they’re of mixed colour.” And then the policeman’s taking the children away, and the policeman’s aligning with the pastoralists. Some old men go and kill a cow, because they’re hungry, to feed the tribe, then the policeman and the pastoralists are riding together as a posse to shoot the blackfellas. So suddenly, from an Indigenous perspective, they’re all a demon.’ Kaytej film-maker, Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah, Sweet Country, etc., The Saturday Paper, 14 October 2017)

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