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History

About History

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

In the most basic sense, history is the branch of study relating to past events. It’s the record of the past, what it means to us and how it influences our lives. 

The study of ancient history encompasses Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, among others. The Ancient Egyptians are of course best known for their pyramids, which served as tombs for the civilisation’s dead kings. The Ancient Romans are most notorious for their gladiators, the highly trained “working class heroes” of antiquity. The Ancient Greeks are best remembered for their contributions to the foundations of Western culture including politics, literature and philosophy.

In more recent times, history’s focus has been on major world wars and events including the Industrial Revolution, World War I. World War II and the Iraq War. Adolf Hitler, the powerful dictator and leader of the Nazi party, was the catalyst for the start of World War II and one of the most terrible events in human history – the Holocaust.

Closer to home, key moments in Australian history include the first contact between European and Indigenous Australians, the First Fleet and the events Gallipoli during WWI.

Scroll through the videos, photos and articles below to find out more about history.

Pioneering Astronaut John Glenn Was A Lifelong Adventurer loading...
Pioneering Astronaut John Glenn Was A Lifelong Adventurer
The man famous for being the first American to orbit Earth continued to push the boundaries of space travel throughout his career.
A Child Mummy Found In Lithuania Had Oldest Known Case Of Smallpox loading...
A Child Mummy Found In Lithuania Had Oldest Known Case Of Smallpox
What we know about smallpox has been changed by the latest mummified discovery in a 17th century Lithuanian crypt.
75 Years On, Pearl Harbor Survivors Forgive—But Can't Forget loading...
75 Years On, Pearl Harbor Survivors Forgive—But Can't Forget
On December 7, 1941, Japan’s deadly attack catalysed a nation, shattering America’s sense of invincibility and pulling the country into war. Today the site is a symbol of service, science, and healing.

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