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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)

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Recent highlights

A round-up of material on the (necessarily low-key) 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival

Twice as many New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli as the mythology had it: definitive research

Romain Fathi’s submission to a Senate inquiry trenchantly criticises Australian commemorative efforts in France

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

Stephen Holt reviews Terry Irving’s The Fatal Lure of Politics: The Life and Thought of Vere Gordon Childe

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

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