A panel of award-winning history buffs discuss the most bizarre and little-known stories they’ve uncovered throughout their work, and debate how these reflect on the real Australia. Anna Clark speaks with humourist David Hunt, who presents a quirky side of history that’s absent from most chronicles, and Nick Brodie, a professional history nerd who writes erudite but accessible accounts of our nation’s past. This panel will upend the conventional wisdom of history books.

Related links: History, Modern History, History Extension, English

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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.

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.

Anna Clark (Australian)

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Anna Clark is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney. With Stuart Macintyre, she wrote the History Wars in 2003, which was awarded the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Best Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate.