John Hirst


John Hirst
John Hirst is a historian, social commentator and emiritus scholar in the history program at La Trobe University. His books include The Australians: Insiders and outsiders on the national character since 1770, Freedom on the Fatal Shore: Australia’s first colony and The Shortest History of Europe.



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Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Public goods & pipe organs

nation_reviewed

If a town hall has an organ should it also have an official town-hall organist? I thought I took a wide interest in public affairs but until I met Professor Ian Harper, who was in charge of refurbishing the organ in the Melbourne Town Hall, I had never …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Following Menzies

Politics

What should the Liberal Party do when Labor governments favour private enterprise, contracting out and selling off? Join in, of course. In August, Barry O'Farrell, the leader of the New South Wales Liberals, refused to join in when Morris Iemma's Labor …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

An indigenous game

Society

Aboriginal people make up 2% of the population and 10% of footballers in the Australian Football League. As anyone who has seen them in action will attest, they seem made to play the game, but were they makers of the game as well? Their role in the game's …

An oddity from the start

Society

Convicts and national character

Australian Government poster - "Australia: land of Tomorrow", by Joe Greenberg, 21 September 1949, National Archives of Australia

Australia

Politics

The official history

Political courage

Politics

Some Australian examples

The first XI

arts

The best Australian history books



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