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Captain Cook

Britain had an urgent problem after it lost its American colonies: where to send its convicts. It settled on NSW after rejecting other options, but the new spot didn't exactly live up to its billing.

ANZAC biscuits

Anzacs biscuits are the perfect treat to bake in COVID-19 isolation. Recipes emerged from another world-changing crisis, the first world war, yet we can still bake together online.

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In 1960, Harold Holt, the then-treasurer, urged the government to abolish import restrictions, resulting in a minor recession. This nearly swung the election in the ALP's favour.

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Historians attribute the Coalition's election victory in 1949 to issues like bank nationalisation and the Communist Party. But the decisive issue was petrol rationing.

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Inclusion of the Parramatta Female Factory on the national heritage register is the first step towards transformative justice, write Bonney Djuric, Lily Hibberd and Linda Steele. 

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World-leading historian Alison Bashford has always been interested in how the past shapes our present. 

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While homelessness is becoming more visible, it is not new in affluent societies like Australia, writes Anne O'Brien. 

Steven Pinker

In this public talk six years after the publication of his bestselling book, scientist Steven Pinker returns to the topic of violence to examine why people mistakenly believe the world is becoming a more dangerous place.

From colonial thoroughfare to financial hub, the evolution of one of Australia's most iconic urban spaces is captured in a new book by UNSW academics. 

 Milky Way

A huge galactic archaeology project called Galah is catching starlight to paint a picture of the galaxy's past, present and future, write Jonti Horner, Jonathan P. Marshall and Sarah Martell.

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