Honest History E-newsletter No. 53, 28 September 2018

ISSN: 2202-5561 ©

Honest History marks five years with a symposium in Canberra

‘Presenting, choosing, measuring, changing history’: an Honest History symposium in conjunction with the Australian National University, Law Lecture Theatre, ANU, Canberra, Thursday, 8 November 2018

With Frank Bongiorno, Michael Brissenden, Alison Broinowski, Pamela Burton, Michael Cooney, Shaun Crowe, Paul Daley, Emily Gallagher, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Carolyn Holbrook, Benjamin T. Jones, Ann McGrath, Michael Piggott, David Stephens, Sue Wareham, Clare Wright, in discussion


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Includes Michael Brissenden (ABC) launching a new book On Patriotism, by Guardian Australia‘s Paul Daley. ‘Daley contemplates ways to escape the cultural binds that tie us to Anzac, British settlement and flag-waving.’

Thinking about coming to Canberra for the Honest History Symposium on Thursday, 8 November?

Make a weekend of it. Come to the national capital for the Symposium (only $12.31!) and, while in town, also visit some of the other attractions running at that time. Check them out here: from Heath Ledger to the Armistice, American Masters to Black Mist, and much more besides.


New on the Honest History site

Grieving for Gallipoli: Barrie Dyster asks if Australians are yet ready to recognise that the Great War engulfed, not just Australians, but vast numbers of the world’s population.

Richard Broinowski reviews Brendan Taylor’s book, The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War: is Asia close to a major war and do we care enough about this prospect?

Divided sunburnt country 1916-18: the final in our series (this post again courtesy of the Shire at War blog) looks at ‘Welcome Home’ celebrations in the Shire of Alberton, Victoria, in 1918 and what they tell us about community divisions as the war ended.

Recent posts on the HH site

Margaret MacMillan’s Reith Lectures; book reviews; lots of links to interesting material.

The last Centenary Watch of all

Centenary Watch out; Minister Chester stays in place; Director Nelson makes some speeches; buy a piece of the famous MV Krait; Anzac Bears in schools; poppies and a beam of light.


‘You and I,’ he said, ‘were too young to fight in the war. Other chaps fought, millions of them dead. Not us. We’ll show them. We’ll show the dead chaps we can fight, too.’

‘That’s why I’m here,’ I said. ‘Come from overseas, rallying to old country in hour of need.’

‘Like Australians.’

‘Like the poor dead Australians.’

Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (1945)

Honest History is a coalition of historians and others supporting the balanced and honest presentation and use of Australian history.Honest History is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act (A.C.T.) 1991
President: Professor Frank Bongiorno; Past President: Professor Peter Stanley; Secretary: Dr David Stephens

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