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    Honest History promotes balanced consideration of Australian history by offering contesting, evidence-based interpretations to students, teachers, universities, journalists and the public. We challenge the misuse of history to serve political or other agendas.

    ImageFrom the Honest History vault: Humphrey McQueen and others on the Spanish flu pandemic 1918-19 that killed 13 000 Australians and 50 million world-wide (with 2020 updates)


    Recent highlights

    From the Honest History vault for Anzac Day in the time of Coronavirus: Anzackery and Anzac; Wallendbeen 2014; Norfolk Island 2015

    Michael Piggott reviews a new collection on the life and work of historian Ken Inglis

    Lyndon Megarrity on technology in the age of Coronavirus – and how the future cannot be just digital

    Sue Wareham of Medical Association for Prevention of War on how the coronavirus crisis should redirect us from warfare to healthcare (submarines not much use against a virus)

    The new Director of the War Memorial once wrote some war books for children: David Stephens writes

    A build for the times – or an extravagant folly?

    Heritage Guardians: a campaign against the proposed $498m extensions to the Australian War Memorial

    awmsatWhat role can the War Memorial play in helping service people dealing with psychological stress? What evidence exists for the claim that it can?

    Elizabeth Farrelly, architecture critic, asks whether the ‘dull, wasteful, overblown and smug’ War Memorial expansion is the best we can do

    Total Australian spend on Anzac centenary is around $A600 million – or $1.1 billion if you include proposed War Memorial extensions

    Arms and the Memorial

    Jordon-Steele-John-2019Senator Steele-John speaks out against arms company donations to the Australian War Memorial (pic: Wikipedia) See also: Memorial gets donations from the big arms company players but it is only ‘small change’ to them; Michelle Fahy on how Australia flogs armaments to overseas bidders; David Stephens on the Nelsonian legacy; David Stephens and Sue Wareham on 3CR

    Looking back

    Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been