He grew up in a tiny South Australian town famous for its rodeo, but historian Robin Prior has made his career roping in the myths proliferating around Australia’s war efforts. His huge new undertaking, however, is being hampered by cuts to our national archives, and politicians’ priorities which favour hagiography over history.
The heartwrenching television series It’s a Sin has evoked memories of the AIDS epidemic in Adelaide, when young men died and were commonly buried in rejection and shame. Simon Royal wonders if the real, terrible, sins of that time can be remedied.
In the craggy hills of the eastern Mt Lofty Ranges, live the witches of Milendella. Simon Royal explains what they tell about our history – both recent and ancient.
The mystique of the American presidency owes much to photography. Simon Royal reflects on powerful images of the past and how everything has changed in the Trump era.
An old photograph brings up memories of love, loss and chance encounters for journalist Simon Royal.
A few months after the death of his beloved dog Hayley, Simon Royal writes about the absurdity and beauty of the fleeting relationships between humans and their dogs.