While we may not consume the most on a global scale, our proud history of drinking could see it last far beyond modern hand-wringing.
The general narrative about our involvement in Vietnam is one of shame, opposition and bloodshed based on an accepted lie. Not all of that is strictly true.
Cross-dressing stowaways, inadvertent world records, and clandestine agents working for Napoleon Bonaparte. The French quarter of colonised Australia was wild.
Lachlan Macquarie is a vexing figure, as he’s painted as the architect of the nation or a mass murderer. What is lesser known, however, is the criticism he faced from within the colony.
Back in 1915, violence visited Broken Hill. With the locals blaming German interference or the presence of the ‘Terrible Turks’, troops were quickly called in to “leave no work for the hangman”.
A prominent WikiLeaks activist has started a GoFundMe campaign to bring Julian Assange home. At the time of writing, it has already surpassed its original mark.
This ANZAC Day, I’m pausing to remember those who fought for us. Those who returned to this country only to find that their sacrifice and heroism didn’t count. Lest we forget who we are.
Johnny O’Keefe was one of kind, and absolutely ours. Happy Birthday, wild one.
Machteld Hali came to this country in the middle sixties and experienced the scale of our racism. Now, she’s doing something about it.
I might be a new resident of this land, but the alien contours of the National Park are exactly the Australia that we migrants treasure, and remember.
As a means to escape the persecution of Jews in Europe, the top end almost became a sanctuary. Sadly, it was put on the backburner.
Back in the midst of WW2, The Menzies government decided to lock up 15,000 foreigners on our shores under the guise of national security. Bitterly, some of those locked up were born here. Sound familiar?
Nellie Melba was an island upon herself. Alongside her obvious talent, she excelled at the art of the exit. And having foodstuffs named in her honour. What have you done? Hmm?
At the time of the rebellion, Darwin was little more than shantytown of the lost and the deliberately missing. But it was the escalation of beer prices that was the match which set last straws alight.
The story of Eureka has been told to death. There is another, and it is far more interesting, replete with cross-dressing, actors and liberation. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
She bedded Breaker Morant, she bent the truth, and she stole the attention of a nation. Daisy Bates’ story is one that needs to be retold.
It was the first times Australians fought overseas. Sadly, the reasons were anything but noble. No wonder we kept it quiet.
In 1979, NASA’s Skylab fell on an unknown patch of Australia. The media insanity that ensued deserves a retelling.
There has been only one attempt to use a plane as a means of extortion in this country. However, the story is much more than that Qantas flight.
The first female prisoners in this country were subject to awful conditions. However, they quickly fought back, becoming towering figures of rebellion, and great antagonism. Vale.
As Australians, we often feel left out of the diplomatic process. However, we’ll always have Herbert Vere Evatt, the man colloquially known as “the president of the world”.
In the late 1970s, Australia was dithering on whether to allow those escaping Vietnam and Cambodia to resettle here. However, while this was happening, one woman in a bikini managed to jump the queue.