I mentioned this morning the story about the expenditure about the federal government of three quarters of a million dollars on the restoration of the childhood home of the late former Labor PM, Bob Hawke.

hawke house advertiser

Predictably, there have been the expected outcries of governmewnt waste, and how this money could otherwise be spent.

However, what price do we place on our history?

Here on the EP, we place plenty of currency in our own local history.

In fact, it wasn't that long ago that the state heritage grants saw the restoration of the Aboriginal mission in Poonindie.


In fact, we have plenty of our history on the EP preserved, with the old mill, our war memorial, and the old mill cottage which now stands as a museum.

war mem

This is particularly important when you consider the way in which many of us have learnt our history.

I don't know about you, but I found history in primary school deathly boring because there was absolutely nothing to engage with aside from the first fleet.


That's not to denigrate the arrival of the first fleet, but for a primary school student who wants to learn about the world around them, being forcefed the same material every lesson got incredibly boring.

Not until high school did I discover the enjoyment of learning about North America, Egypt, Rome, the world wars and developing an understanding of how and why the world came to be what it is.

So, I ask, what price our history? If the federal government, an organisation with an annual budget of an eye-watering five hundred BILLION dollars, should be chipped for spending less than a million dollars on preserving our historic record, how do we learn of our past?

After all, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.