From LGBTI bushrangers to early stories of travel and conquest, learn something new with this panel of history buffs led by Mark McKenna. David Hunt (True Girt) highlights the humour in Australian history, while Jürgen Tampke (A Perfidious Distortion of History) addresses misinformation about WWII. Nick Brodie (1787) offers an alternative take on Australian settlement, and Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu) argues that we must take a new look at Australia’s past. 

This event will be Auslan interpreted. The National Relay Service is available to assist with phone bookings. Call SWF Box Office on (02) 9256 4200 or email ticketing@swf.org.au to book access tickets. 

Nick Brodie (Australian)

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Nick Brodie is a professional history nerd. Having worked as a history lecturer and field archaeologist, he has brought fresh angles to old tales in 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings, Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation and The Vandemonian War.

David Hunt (Australian)

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David Hunt is an acclaimed historian and children’s writer who uses humour to undercut the perception that history is a tired, boring pastime. His award-winning books Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia and its sequel, True Girt, are side-splitting accounts of Australia’s lesser-known past.

Bruce Pascoe (Australian)

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Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man. He is a member of Yuin Gurandgi, past secretary of Bidwell-Maapand has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. His book Fog A Dox, won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Dark Emu won the NSW Premier’s Award Book of the Year in 2016.

Mark McKenna (Australian)

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Mark McKenna is one of Australia's leading historians. A professor of history at the University of Sydney, his books have won several national awards while his essays and commentary appear regularly in The Monthly, Australian Book Review and The Australian. His most recent book is From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories.