• Bringing ancient Rome to life

    Open Forum     |      September 12, 2019

    Filmmakers just love the vivid drama of Ancient Rome. But which screen visions of the ancient superpower do our history experts rate the best?

  • Conviction politics: How prisoners shaped Australian democracy

    Open Forum     |      September 9, 2019

    British deportees aren’t often celebrated for their contribution to the nation’s progressive political traditions, but they played a vital part in building the country’s values as well as early infrastructure.

  • What history can really teach us

    Mark Edele     |      June 9, 2019

    History is too intricate to teach simple lessons, but knowing your history is key to understanding the complexities of the present.

  • Digging into Australia’s deep history

    Michael Bird     |      April 21, 2019

    The Australian continent has a remarkable history — a story of isolation, desiccation and resilience as an ark at the edge of the world.

  • Preserved leaves tell a tale of floods and drought

    Open Forum     |      February 20, 2019

    A study by University of Adelaide researchers and Queensland Government scientists has revealed what south-east Queensland’s rainfall was like over the last 7000 years – including several severe droughts worse and longer lasting than the 12-year Millennium Drought.

  • Australia’s friendly history

    Roland Wettenhall     |      September 1, 2018

    When a worker was injured in 19th century Australia, their prospects were bleak. They wouldn’t receive sick pay or worker’s compensation, and often faced starvation or relying on charity. But, in the days before governments stepped in to provide welfare, friendly societies provided vital financial and social support to many Australian communities.

  • How Soviet tanks shook up the Australian left

    Stuart Macintyre     |      August 22, 2018

    The crushing of the Prague Spring by Soviet tanks in 1968 posed a problem for Communist sympathisers and apologists in Australia. It would be another 20 years before eastern Europe freed itself from Russian occupation.

  • 3D images offer clues to the loss of Australia’s first submarine

    Open Forum     |      June 23, 2018

    Australia’s first submarine, HMAS AE1, was lost at sea for over 100 years, but advanced 3D processing of new photographs of the wreck may offer clues towards understanding its fate.

  • The ‘criss-cross’ history hidden in a colonist’s letter

    Katherine Ellinghaus     |      June 17, 2018

    A colonist’s letter of 1839 is crammed with adventure, but holds a deeper and unsettling insight into the history of Australia’s frontier conflict.