• Hysterical history

    Evan Smith     |      September 16, 2021

    A long running Twitter thread has unearthed hundreds of unexpected facts and insights from the nation’s academics and historians.

  • Remembering Indigenous figures in Australian history

    Open Forum     |      January 6, 2021

    The role played by an aboriginal woman called Turandurey and her daughter Ballandella in an early colonial expedition are among 25 new biographies published by the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

  • The history of the Hawkesbury

    Rachel Gray     |      October 11, 2020

    UNSW Sydney’s Grace Karskens reveals the complex and controversial history of the Hawkesbury River in her latest book People of the River.

  • Cheer up, it’s been worse before

    Claudia Hooper     |      September 20, 2020

    2020 has been grim, but there have been worse years in history. In this article, experts from science, history and literature take us through just some of the other terrible times people have endured before now.

  • Toys for the boys: White men’s business at the War Memorial

    Karen Brooks     |      August 20, 2020

    The National Gallery of Australia has slashed its annual acquisitions from 3000 pieces a year to 100 and other core institutions are struggling, but there is no shortage of funding for the Australian War Memorial to present a very ‘Aussie’ view of history.

  • How Australian industry helped win the Pacific war

    Andrew T. Ross     |      August 18, 2020

    The efforts of Australian industry, as well as the heroism of its troops, supported allied efforts to wrest victory over Japan in the Pacific theatre in World War Two.

  • Facing up to our past

    Sharman Stone     |      June 16, 2020

    Australia’s history is complex and confronting, and needs to be known, and owned today to restore social harmony.

  • Looking back to glimpse the future

    Open Forum     |      June 13, 2020

    Monash historians and archaeologists take the opportunity to look at precedents for our current situation and find some consolation in our forebears’ pathways to recovery from the pandemic.

  • What Thucydides and the plague of Athens can teach us today

    Chris Mackie     |      March 28, 2020

    Thucydides offers us a description of a city-state in crisis that is as poignant and powerful now, as it was in 430BC.

  • Did an Australian asteroid impact end the Earth’s big thaw?

    Open Forum     |      January 23, 2020

    Curtin University scientists have discovered that an asteroid strike at Yarrabubba, in outback Western Australia coincided with the end of a global deep freeze known as a Snowball Earth 2.2 billion years ago.

  • Cracking the oldest code in history

    Andrew Trounson     |      November 7, 2019

    The deciphering of Linear B, the earliest form of Greek, was a history changing achievement, but decoding the older Linear A would open a new window on the origins of European culture.

  • Mapping lost childhoods to find your way home

    Kirsten Wright     |      October 19, 2019

    A new interactive online map of Australian care homes is helping those who grew up in care track down the institutions they stayed in.