Recommended links

Let us know if you have suggestions for more links to include. (The links here were last updated on 26 June 2021.) You can also find hundreds of links from our Centenary Watch section and from the items in our Themes and Resources sections.

prodPoster, 1939: small print reads: ‘Hours lost mean fewer Beauforts [bombers] to back up our fighting men’ (source: National Archives of Australia 10460006, MP1472/1; donor: SC Weetman, formerly of Department of Aircraft Production)

Blogs and personal websites

100yearsoftrenches: Tim Leadbeater blogs from Auckland with an alternative view of Anzac and Anzackery from the Aotearoa New Zealand perspective.

A Sydney Anthology: art and literature from the Emerald City via David Morgan.

ANZ Litlovers Lit Blog: ‘for lovers of Australian and New Zealand literary fiction… our members are keen readers of all ages who discuss books and book-related topics by email’: Lisa Hill.

Anzac Her Story: Victoria Haskins tells stories about women with an Anzac connection.

Australia Explained: Ingeborg van Teeseling on Australia for newcomers from Europe.

Bombs & Biodiversity: Ben Wilkie also blogs on the environmental effects of war and conflict.

Broad Agenda is a newish blog (2017) based in the University of Canberra, for broads, blokes, brawn and brain. Team led by Virginia Haussegger AM, former ABC journalist.

Camden History Notes: items on this shire south-west of Sydney, from University of Wollongong academic, Ian Willis; particular interest in the shire during World War II and in town-planning and heritage issues.

Darcy Moore, secondary school deputy principal: leadership, aspects of education, literature,  music, photography, impact of social media.

Frontier War Stories is a blog wrangled by Boe Spearim, Gamilaraay and Kooma man, based in Brisbane. Truth telling about massacres and the frontier.

George Browning: In service of the common good: blog by former Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn.

Hatful of History worn by Evan Smith, Flinders University, now called New Historical Express and stressing contemporary history, politics and criminal justice research but also with a comprehensive Blogroll of links to other history and related blogs.

Historypunk: ‘exploring Australian history, new media and digital storytelling’: Jo Hawkins.

Joseph Camilleri, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, has a website encouraging dialogue in the area of peace and international relations.

Milstorical: ‘On mainly (Australian) military history things’: Ashleigh Gilbertson.

My Mind’s Museum: historical thoughts, present concerns and future directions from secondary teacher Matt Esterman.

Pearls and Irritations: by former senior public servant, John Menadue.

Politically Homeless: Andrew Elder; has a list of links to Australian blogs.

Radical Sydney/Radical History: ‘a platform for radical writing about history’; Rowan Cahill; Terry Irving.

Shire at War: Phil Cashen on the impact of World War I on the rural shire of Alberton, Victoria.

1914-1918 A World Away: South Australia’s War: monthly posts on the progress of the Great War from a South Australian perspective.

Stumbling through the past: history and family history and book reviews with Yvonne Perkins.

The Resident Judge of Port Phillip: Janine Rizzetti, La Trobe University post-graduate.

Toni Hassan: Canberra writer on a range of subjects (and Fairfax columnist).

Wendy Bacon on journalism and public affairs.

Western Sydney Frontier: arts activism in Western Sydney with Katherine Knight; sharp Indigenous focus.

e-Books and related

Project Gutenberg has a big list of books, with a link on the site to Project Gutenberg Australia, which has a good collection of public domain books published here, generally by authors who died pre-1955.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.


Anzac Centenary keeps track of official commemoration run by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, including the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. See also Anzac Portal.

The Australian War Memorial has immense military history resources and is making a special effort to commemorate the Anzac centenary. There is a separate Facebook page for Education at the Memorial.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is responsible for military history commemorations and education resources. See also Anzac Portal.

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House ‘brings the journey of Australian democracy to life – presenting its past, present and possible futures’.

The National Archives of Australia: ‘your story, our history’, including photographs.

The National Film and Sound Archive: ‘the nation’s living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing our rich audiovisual heritage’.

The National Gallery of Australia: ‘Over 90 000 works of art across four main areas: Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, International art and Asian art.’

The National Library of Australia: ‘We cannot understand the present or plan for the future without the knowledge of the past.’ (Harold Holt, PM, 1966) A guide to how to use the amazing Trove resource.

The National Museum of Australia ‘is a social history museum. We explore the land, nation and people of Australia. We focus on Indigenous histories and cultures, histories of European settlement and our interaction with the environment.’

The National Portrait Gallery: ‘To increase the understanding of the Australian people – their identity, creativity, history and culture – through portraiture.’

SA Migration Museum: preserving, understanding and enjoying SA’s diverse cultures.

Unstacked: finding your way through the State Library of New South Wales.

History profession, including commemoration

Australia Great War is a community-based Facebook page and website with a shop, some of the proceeds of which go to Soldier On.

Contemporary Histories Research Group, Deakin University: Contemporary Histories Blog: explores contemporary histories and decision-making.

Gallipoli 100: UK-based resources for students, including material from UK, Australia, Ireland and Turkey.

Hermes is based at the University of Newcastle and is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research network. It publishes online the journal Historical Encounters.

History Australia is the partly (very much so) free-access online journal of the Australian Historical Association, published by Monash University and comprising articles on a wide range of topics relevant to Honest History.

John Myrtle ( is a Canberra-based researcher and former librarian. John has a database of thousands of Australian history references dating from the early 20th century to the 1970s. From time to time he contributes ‘Online Gems’ to the Honest History site from his collection.

Photos of the Great War: image archive.

Public History Commons is an American website sponsored by the National Council on Public History and directed at those interested in the practice and study of history in public.

The Australian Cartoon Museum: Jim Bridges facilitates access to Australian cartoons on a wide range of subjects.

The Australian Historical Association ‘is the premier national organization of historians – academic, professional and other – working in all fields of history’.

The Australian Policy and History (APH) networkbased at Deakin University, ‘works to link historians with policy-makers, the media and the Australian public… to inform public debate and promote better public policy-making through an understanding of history’.

The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) ‘studies the working class situation … and social history in the fullest sense’. (Canberra Branch now has website.) The Many-headed Monster: blog from four younger UK-based historians.

The History Teachers’ Association of Australia ‘seeks to foster an interest in History and the teaching of History, provide a forum for discussion and for the exchange of information relative to the teaching of History’ and achieve related objectives. The site links to state and territory associations.

The International Encyclopedia of the First World War is ‘an English-language virtual reference work’ being produced as an ‘international collaborative project involving more than 1,000 authors, editors, and partners from over fifty countries’.

The Professional Historians Association NSW ‘represents practising professional historians in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory’. The site includes a blog on the World War I centenary.

The TJ Ryan Foundation: progressive think tank focusing on Queensland public policy.


Australian Independent Media Network

Australian Outlook: foreign and defence policy.

Eureka Street

Flickr Commons: large resource of photographs, with private and public providers from around the world, annoyingly insufficiently free of permission restrictions.

Independent Australia

Inside Story

New Matilda


The Conversation

The Guardian Australia

Wikimedia Commons: free use media and sound files

World Socialist Web Site: news and opinion from a Trotskyist perspective

Peace and related

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) partners with nonviolent movements around the world.

Civil Liberties Australia: ‘We stand for people’s rights, and go in to bat for everyone’s civil liberties’.

Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC) ‘believes that the most responsible way of honouring our veterans is to learn from past wars and conflicts in order that we may minimise the risk of catastrophic warfare in the future’.

Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation ‘promotes peace through all forms of art that relate to human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability’.

Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) (Australia) ‘works for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction and the prevention of armed conflict’.

Pax Christi is an international Christian peace movement ‘involved in peace efforts in the fields of demilitarisation and security, human rights, ecology, development, economic justice and reconciliation’.

Reimagining Peace is an Albany, WA, based website on peace and protest.

Social Policy Connections ‘draws on the rich resources of the Christian social traditions, and works to bring them into creative engagement with contemporary challenges to human wellbeing’.

The United Nations Library at Geneva has extensive research guides ‘dedicated to peace’.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, founded 1915, ‘aims to achieve a more just and equal world, free of war and violence, where everyone has the full benefit of human rights’.


Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. We currently care for 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia.’

Mates4Mates supports wounded, injured or ill current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families.

Rehab Recovery is a UK organisation that provides addiction treatment options. It offers resources for veterans affected by addiction and mental health issues.

Soldier On is about Australians coming together to show their support for our physically and psychologically wounded; we will always have their backs. We work to enhance recovery, inspire communities and empower Australia’s wounded, giving those who have served our country the dignity they deserve and the chance to do and be whatever they choose.’

Vietnam Veterans’ Federation of Australia has affiliates nationwide.