Peter Stanley


Decades of expansion for Whyalla were followed by decades of contraction. The steel making port city has seen optimism and idealism but also alienation and apathy, writes Peter Stanley.

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Reading Ham and Gerwarth's sombre narratives beside FitzSimons' nationalist boosting shows he really doesn't understand the Great War, writes Peter Stanley.

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There's danger in linking your national identity too closely to your military history, write Peter Stanley and James McConnel.


Anzac is about remembering all our wars, including those that took place on home soil, writes Peter Stanley


The Victoria Cross has become a standard benchmark of valour in war, but is our fascination with the medal skewing our perspective on Australia's military history, asks Peter Stanley.

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Melbourne Museum’s new exhibition, with its well chosen artefacts, tells the human stories of Australians in WWI, writes Peter Stanley.

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British historian Peter Barton’s The Lost Legions of Fromelles tells a familiar story – of slaughter in the ditches and marshes of Word War One – but it also warns us to be wary of popular legend, writes Peter Stanley.