I am, at the moment, doing research into the 1967 referendum to change the Australian constitution, in order to make some civics and citizenship learning resources. I was lucky enough, through my local library website, to find a interview with Faith Bandler. Mrs. Bandler campaigned both for the ‘yes’ vote for the referendum, and for …

In April the thoughts of many history teachers turn to ANZAC Day (April 25th). Marked on the anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand troops being deployed in World War One, ANZAC day is often as much about nation building as it is about commemoration. Australia’s efforts in Gallipoli were the first time the newly …

This past Saturday, February the 13th 2021, marked 13 years since then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to Indigenous Australians for the cruelty, brutality and injustice that they had been treated with in the past, since Australia had been colonised and settled by England. We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and …

Have you heard that saying, “history is written by the winners”? It means that, ultimately, the version of events that is recorded and passed on is created and sanction by those who have the power. We see this all the time in history – how often is it written by men, giving us a skewed …

Ah, the internet. There’s many things to hate about the internet. As with any tool people use it to spread hate, to manipulate, to commit crimes, and to hurt others. I’ll admit that I control my children’s access to the internet (and in particular any forum where they can interact with others over the internet) …

This Wednesday we remember those who fought for their country. Originally a day to mark the end of WW1 – at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month – Remembrance Day now gives us an opportunity to remember men and women who have defended their country across the years. Days of …

Is there any more mysterious and enthralling period than the time of the Ancient Egyptians? A civilisation that grew up along the fertile banks of the Nile river and spanned three thousand years, Ancient Egypt has been a puzzle for modern historian to solve over centuries. And it’s not just the pyramids and the hieroglyphs …

Welcome to October. One could argue that 2020 has been a year-long horror story but just to up the ante we’ve entered the month of Halloween and your local supermarket has probably set up their corner of fake cobwebs and witches hats. But given that we live in Australia, what’s the deal with that? Halloween …