‘Warts and All History’ is an honest accounting of history:
- Historical hard truths
- The historical social contexts
- The attitudes, values, perceptions and prejudices of the day
- The details and causes of historic events
- The prevailing power structure
- The protagonists and antagonists
- The wrongs and rights
- The injustices, the killings and cruelty.
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The telling of Warts and All History is uncomfortable and politically incorrect. Yet it is truth, accepting that history is unchangeable. Some evidence may be ambiguous and it is human nature that different people will interpret history in varying ways.
How many Australian school children would have seen this photo and have an insight into its significance then and today?
Paddlesteamer on the dry river bed of the Darling River during the Federation Drought
(Photo of the Harry Brisbane Williams collection)
Indeed, how many Australian school children have been on a paddlesteamer plying the Darling or Murray?
‘Warts and All History’ telling recognises the cultural context of when, what who and why events occurred as they did. Warts and All History deems any censorship to be so unacceptable a reinvention, as to dismiss such interpretative accounts as works of fiction.
Australia First Party being Australian nationalist is concerned with recent attempts by anti-Australian political forces to dabble in historical revisionism of past events in order to demean prominent historical figures in our history, attack Australianist culture, twist historical themes out of context, and undermine White Australia’s traditions – all to deliberately try to delegitimize White Australian heritage and self-determination in our own country.
Australian History vitally needs to recognise, research, celebrate and educate all Australians on this nation’s distinctive genres of Australian History, namely:
- Australian Aboriginal History
- European Discovery of Australia – notably Australia Day on January 26
- European Exploration of Inland Australia
- Australian Pioneering History
- Australian Colonial History
- Australian Pastoral History
- Digger Uprisings, Eureka Stockade and the Eureka Flag
- Bushranger History
- Significant Australians of History
- Australian Historic Sites
- Australian Watershed Events and Historic Struggles
- History of Australian Architectural Movements
- Australian Military History – notably the ANZAC History, the Japanese Invasion
- Australian Innovation History
- Australian Enterprise and Manufacturing History
- Australia’s Fashion History
- The White Australia Movement and the Chinese Invasions
- Australian Political History (notable Australian Nationalist History).
Australian Heritage Shearing Shed, Charlotte Plains, outskirts of Cunnamulla
A pictorial metaphor of Pastoral Australia – abandoned by globalist ‘free trade liberalisation’ despatched from central Canberra
It goes without saying that history, any history, to be accepted and understood, must be honest.
However, one such pest dabbling in this historical revisionist is the Australian National University’s School of History in Canberra, a globalist institution. It perhaps warrants a name change – both the university and the school of history. The school’s academia has set up a lobby group called ‘Honest History Incorporated’ led by leftist historians Dr Frank Bongiorno, Dr Peter Stanley and Dr Alison Broinowski. Honest History is affiliated with the Australian Historical Association.
Euphemistically, Revisionists reckon they “promote balanced consideration of Australian history by offering contesting, evidence-based interpretations to students, teachers, universities, journalists and the public. We challenge the misuse of history to serve political or other agendas.”
Actually, we sense they’re tasked to do exactly the opposite and are loaded with divisive ‘black armband’ bias hate toward White Australia’s proud, though imperfect heritage. We reserve the right to call out any history that is tendentious, unjustified, exaggerated, distorted, partial, unbalanced, censored and biased.
Australian Historian Geoffery Blainey’s coined ‘Black Armband‘ dark revision of Australia’s colonial history concerning frontier violence is wrongly restrospective. It sows unjust slurs of ‘White Guilt‘, which is perversely out-of-context hateful about our forebears that is unfairly imposed upon current generations and only serves to be ethnically divisive. It is a gross misuses of historical knowledge and story telling.
‘Black Armband‘ revisionism is just as misrepresentative as is the notion of the ‘White Blindfold‘ view – both self-righteous fantastic pontifications by distant future generations of an era so alien to the subjects.
Tell the accounts warts and all but do not retrospectively condemn our ancestors and reverse moral judgments. That is illegitimate historical negationism – works of fiction.
Rather than embarking upon ideological historical revisionism, Australia’s universities with schools of Australian History would be better advocating and researching the lost history and the history about to be lost from the surviving generations so that the ideal of historic accuracy warts and all it attained.
Such scholars of Australian History owe a service to Australians to champion and improve educational curricula to include Australian History, especially localised and recent Australian history.
Why study, research and learn history? Why Australian History?
To borrow from Peter N. Stearns of the American History Association (1998):
“..history helps us understand people and societies…the past causes the present, and so the future. Any time we try to know why something happened…we have to look for factors that took shape earlier…people who have weathered adversity not just in some work of fiction, but in real, historical circumstances can provide inspiration…history also helps provide identity based on insight into a rich past, drive home an understanding of national values. The study of history builds experience in dealing with and assessing various kinds of evidence, helps form the capacity to distinguish between the objective and the self-serving among statements made by present-day political leaders. Historical study, in sum, is crucial to the promotion of that elusive creature, the well-informed citizen.”
The power of knowing your national history before it repeats…
Queensland Blackbirding (1842-1904): Kanaka slave labour shipped from Vanuatu to cut Queensland sugar “to address labour shortages in the Australian market”. January 2019 Australia’s PM Scott Morrison flies to Vanuatu to recruit Kanakas under the Seasonal Workers Program and the Pacific Labour Scheme “to address labour shortages in the Australian market.”
History happened yesterday in my town, so show how it is relevant to me, my family, my community, my country. What are the big recurring historical events that are seriously affecting many Australians?
The recent and recurring drought affects millions of Australians around the nation, past and present.
Does drought not deserve an important genre in Australian History?