History



Collection
Archive
This Collection includes many reports that were released before the digital age and provides background information on major issues for which the key documents had been either unavailable or inaccessible. The Collection was initially established as a partnership with the National Library of Australia.
Discussion paper

Teaching national shame: history and citizenship in the school curriculum

In this discussion paper, the author examines the impact of changing approaches to teaching history and citizenship on the cultivation of national identity in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Report

Mana wāhine: a history of Te Ohu Whakatupu

This document provides a history of the Ministry for Women (NZ) that primarily focuses on the story of Te Ohu Whakatupu, the Māori Women's policy unit established immediately after the foundation of the Ministry to serve the interests of wāhine Māori.
Guide

Anzac Day 2019 – military anniversaries in 2019: a quick guide

This guide summarises the military anniversaries taking place this year.
Report

Telling Australia's story - and why it's important: report on the inquiry into Canberra's national institutions

This report reflects the outcomes of the inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions, which examined their strategic value, their engagement with the Australian people, and their governance and resourcing challenges.
Audio

World-first Australian website archive

The National Library of Australia has launched a searchable archive of websites allowing you to step back in time and access billions of these early sites. Included among them is a website from Prime Minister Howard and also the first versions of APO as Australian...
Report

Truth-telling symposium report

This report details a symposium in October 2018 which brought together experts from around the country to discuss the ways that truth telling could support healing and reconciliation in Australia.
Blog post

New Zealand and Federation

While New Zealand participated in the Australasian Federation Conference convened in Melbourne in 1890, it had little real enthusiasm for the prospect of federating with the Australian colonies. Dianne Heriot explains.
Report

Australian history’s last stand: an audit of Australian history teaching at universities

This report examines the way in which the history of Australia is currently being taught in Australian universities. It is based on a systematic review of all 147 Australian history subjects taught in 2018 at the 35 Australian universities that offer programs of study in...
Policy report

Identity of a nation: protecting the digital evidence of who we are

Like other countries, Australia is focused on protecting its critical infrastructure from cyber threats. However, there’s a serious gap in how we approach the protection of our valuable digital national identity assets.
Report

The economic value of heritage: a benefit transfer study

Historic buildings form an important part of how people perceive and value their local area. This is recognised in the planning regime, where they receive protection through the designation of listed building and conservation area status. Some public-sector funding exists in the form of grants...
Conference paper

Rooms for the memory: the 30-year iconic legacy of Dogs in Space

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Richard Lowenstein’s acclaimed Dogs in Space, a fictionalized cinematic memoir of nominal bohemians in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. Set 6-8 years before the film’s release, Lowenstein utilised genuine participants in the events/milieu depicted, as well as key locations...
Conference paper

‘The ruins caused a catch in the throat as memories came flooding in’

The origins of a conservation ethos in the urban Australia of the late 1960s and early 1970s is commonly assumed to stem from international influences. Yet there is also a local cultural element to this urban conservationism, the recognition, celebration and preservation of historic environments...
Book

Indigenous mobilities: across and beyond the Antipodes

This edited collection examines Aboriginal and Māori travel in colonial contexts.
Commentary

Rewriting history in the People’s Republic of Amnesia and beyond

For the Chinese Dream to be achieved, it is imperative – as the president himself has spelled out – to ensure people “have correct views on history.”
Guide

Military history: a quick guide to online resources - ANZAC Day 2018

The purpose of this quick guide is to provide parliamentarians and their staff with helpful resources for researching various aspects of Australian military history.
Journal article

Towards zero-emission refurbishment of historic buildings: a literature review

This article presents a systematic review—at the intersection between environmental sustainability and conservation—of the state of the art of current methodological approaches applied in the sustainable refurbishment of historic buildings.
Report

The history wars matter

Understanding the true meaning of Australian history, and debunking the perennial claims routinely made about the role our supposedly perpetual history of ‘racism’ allegedly continues to play in Australian society, is increasingly in the national interest today.
Draft report

Our people, culture and place: a plan to sustain Ballarat's heritage

This plan brings together social and economic development goals with conservation goals, guided by international best practice – UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape approach (HUL).
Report

The rise of identity politics: an audit of history teaching at Australian universities in 2017

This report outlines a systematic review of all 746 history undergraduate courses taught in 2017 at the 35 Australian universities which offer history as a program of study.