Honest History website officially launched 2013: Archived

After months of preparatory work, this website was officially launched on 7 November 2013 with an enthusiastic ceremony at Manning Clark House in Canberra. The full content is now available to visitors and search engines, including over 500 unique references in the Resources section, translating to about 1000 bibliographical items with extensive cross-referencing. Honest History’s President,Professor Peter Stanley, exhorted all concerned with the importance of Australia’s history to support and help improve the site, invoking ‘crowd-sourcing’ to encourage offers of information and commentary from historians, teachers, student, journalists or anyone sharing our interests.

Please let us know of books, articles, multimedia and relevant links that we should mention on the site.. If you find errors or if you disagree with something we have said, tell us that, as well. The Forum section of the site is for your feedback on all manner of things. [Forum since replaced by inline Comments system – ed.]

Ideas for articles are welcome, from interested lay people and academics-in-training, as well as from established practitioners.

We think the next few years – the years of the centenary of the Great War – will be important not just for the practice and presentation of Australian history but for Australia itself. We have summarised our message as ‘Not only Anzac but also many other strands of Australian history’. That message is relevant both to the centenary and to discussion of what history is taught in our educational institutions and how it is taught… Honest History is a loose coalition – a broad church, if you like – and our supporters, do not agree on everything. But I suspect we all agree on one thing: history is too important to be left to ideologues – or to politicians.