The construction of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

It’s nearly the school holidays and, in Victoria at least, that means thousands of travellers will be making their way down one of the state’s most iconic roads – The Great Ocean Road. While images of this stretch of famous coastline have been made famous on postcards and calendars worldwide, the history behind it may be … Read on

A capital place: The history lover’s guide to Canberra

The secret’s out: Lonely Planet recently picked Canberra as the third best city to visit in 2018, marking the city’s renaissance as a tourist destination. But what does it offer for history lovers? In this article from issue 31 of Inside History, Sarah Trevor explores the capital, from the hallowed halls of its grand civic institutions, to … Read on

Not just a bluff: The Australian Light Horse victory at Beersheba

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Australian victory at Beersheba, secured by the Australian Light Horse — marking one of the last successful cavalry charges in history. In his new book, The Charge: The Australian Light Horse victory at Beersheba, David W. Cameron pieces together how this battle unfolded. Here, he tells Sarah Trevor about his research into … Read on

Neither Hero Nor Victim: A survivor of the Kuttabul attack in Sydney Harbour, 1942

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the night the war came to Sydney. On 31 May 1942, Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour and attacked, killing 21 soldiers on the HMAS Kuttabul. Here, Gary Traynor from Medals Gone Missing tells the story of two Australian sailors who had a close shave with a torpedo that fatal night. … Read on

The story behind the art: Sidney Nolan’s painting of Simpson + his donkey

The Australian War Memorial recently received a donation of a painting of Simpson and his donkey by none other than iconic artist Sidney Nolan. Here, Chris Wagner reveals the painting’s deeper connection to Gallipoli, a baroness volunteer nurse, and a decorated surgeon and photographer.  Quite literally, the story behind the recent donation of a Sidney Nolan painting, depicting Simpson … Read on

Author Q&A: 44 days – an RAAF squadron’s fight for Australia

In March and April 1942, the RAAF 75 Squadron defended Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, alone against the Japanese war machine. Here, author Michael Veitch explains how he researched this untold chapter of Australia’s World War II history for his book, 44 Days.  IHM: What inspired you to start researching the RAAF 75 Squadron for your book 44 Days? Michael: It’s … Read on

Law and disorder: Tracing a mysterious ancestor

Claude Limonaire had been a mystery to his descendants — even his daughter — for decades. Historian Peter Edwell discovered more than he bargained for when he decided to research his great grandfather’s life, as he reveals  in this excerpt from our May-June 2016 issue.  On a cool morning in mid September 1920 a troubled young man … Read on

Our real baptism of fire?: Australia’s little-known WWI campaign in PNG

Just five weeks after the First World War was declared, Australian forces were involved in a skirmish in German New Guinea – one of our earliest episodes of the war – that remains relatively unknown today. Here, Greg Raffin, recipient of the 2005 Premier’s Military History Scholarship, shares the long-overlooked story.   On 11 September 1914, a small group of … Read on

Author Q&A: David Stevens on Australia’s World War I naval history

In the latest issue of Inside History, issue 29, we share an excerpt from the book In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One (by Oxford University Press), which explores the important role that the 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train played in Gallipoli a century ago. Here, Inside History chats to David Stevens, the book’s author – and … Read on

World War I legacies :: Joan Beaumont talks to Inside History

One hundred years after World War I, myths and misconceptions linger. In issue 27, the current edition of Inside History, Joan Beaumont, historian and author of the award-winning book, Broken Nation, talks to Sarah Trevor about the legacy and lessons of the ‘war to end all wars’. The story of the Australian Imperial Forces, important though … Read on

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