society

Laurie Matheson, our man in Moscow

Was ‘Australia’s James Bond’ working for the KGB? Or ASIO? Or both?

Mike Parr’s invisible performance and Tasmania’s complex past

Underneath the bitumen in Hobart, history becomes art

Filling a big hole in the property market

The old Cave Hill quarry in Melbourne will be home to thousands

Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre

An extract from the book marking the massacre’s 180th anniversary

Success dogged him

Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister

The crankhandle of history

Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines?

Hump day

The descendants of Australia’s “Afghan” cameleers get together in remote South Australia

True history of the Clarke gang

Infamous bushrangers of Braidwood, New South Wales

Tasmania got gamed

James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry

The unedited life

What is the allure of the writer’s archive?

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