Welcome to Shortistory

Welcome to shortistory.com, a mixture of my name and my passion, Shortis and history respectively.

I’m a musician, songwriter and researcher, based in Canberra. With singer Moya Simpson I’m half of cabaret act Shortis and Simpson, and we do a series of shows throughout each year that bring together music, comedy, politics and history. Sometimes it’s up-to-date political satire, other times shows about a particular aspect of Australian history.

So that my research and quirky self-taught view of history is available to a wider audience I now want to write up upcoming and past shows, as e-Essays on this website.

So far I have two essays from the Out of the Cabinet series, performed each year at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra. These shows accompany the latest release of Australian Cabinet Records of decades ago. In a nondescript room, grandly entitled The Menzies Room, we perform a half-hour show about the music, the politics, the general news stories and the trends of the relevant years.

We are the warm-up act for an archives historian, who gives his take on the newly unleashed cabinet papers.

All up it’s an hour-long presentation, is wildly popular, and always books out very quickly.

I hope you enjoy them and watch out for more.

John Shortis