Agora (2020/Issue 1) – Australian Histories

Agora is a journal of curated professional reading for history teachers. This digital download covers a broad range of articles about Australian History.

Please note that full-colour, print copies of Agora are available by annual subscription.


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Reflection | Rosalie Triolo
Editorial | Guy Nolch


Welcome to Country: Knowledge | Marcia Langton
This is an extract from the youth edition of  Welcome to Country.

How Can We Make Australian History Global? | Frank Bongiorno
By telling stories about Australians going out into the world, Australian History can be taught in a way that speaks to today’s students’ ambitions of mobility.

The Seventies: The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia | Michelle Arrow
The 1970s saw the origin of many of our most important current public discussions.

An Illusion of Unity: Irish Australia, the Great War and the 1920 St Patrick’s Day Parade | Tim Sullivan
The participation of fourteen Victoria Cross recipients, a controversial archbishop and a notorious entrepreneur in the 1920 St Patrick’s Day parade in Melbourne provides context to the bitter political and sectarian divisions of the conscription debates at the time.

What Do Prime Ministers’ Speeches Tell Us About Historical Attitudes to Immigration? | Indigo Coulson
How have non-British and non-white immigrants been depicted in the election speeches of winning Prime Ministers throughout Australia’s post-Federation history?

Teaching Migration Experiences (1945–Present): A Free Virtual Reality 3D History Tour and Inquiry-Based Site Study | Paul Grover and Bruce Pennay
Bonegilla was once a camp for newly arrived migrants. Now students can undertake a 3D virtual tour that uses multimedia resources to inform inquiry-based historical investigations of the migrant experience.

Members’ Tips About Teaching Australian History | HTAV Members
We asked HTAV members to share tips and ideas about teaching Australian History.

Teaching as Truth-Telling: A Demythologising Pedagogy for the Australian Frontier Wars  | Alison Bedford and Vince Wall
Eight guiding principles add to the academic conversation about pedagogies for traumatic historical periods, and help to establish positive practices when teaching the Frontier Wars.