Honest History update

The Honest History coalition has done a special update of its website for Remembrance Day (which is also the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Australian War Memorial). New on the site are Richard Reid’s reflection on Remembrance Day, a story of how Canberra activists successfully campaigned against a plan to build rival memorials Read more …

Camden History Notes

Ian Willis documents Camden stories drawn from the memories and experiences of local families, local identities, community organisations, local institutions, local rituals and traditions, and a host of other matters. These stories link to other parts of the world and are part of the movement of peoples, ideas, technologies and institutions across national boundaries, from Read more …

Frank the Poet: Francis MacNamara, 1811-1861

Francis MacNamara, was born in 1811 in Cashel, he claimed, in the County Tipperary, Ireland. He was transported to Botany Bay in 1832, then to Van Diemen’s Land arriving 29 October 1842, by which time he was widely known as ‘Frank the Poet’. Mark Gregory’s research project on MacNamara’s life and work is documented in Read more …

The Tiger’s Mouth: Thoughts on the History and Heritage of Chinese Australia

Kate Bagnall’s research focuses on the lives of Australians of Chinese descent in both Australia and China, the administration of the White Australia Policy and the cultural heritage of Australia’s Chinese communities. Herdoctoral research was the first major historical study of intimate relationships between Chinese men and white Australian women, while her other work focuses Read more …