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The Queensland History Teachers' Association

The Queensland History Teachers' Association is a voluntary organisation with an executive membership of Primary and Secondary History Teachers, Academics and Educationalists. Our aim is to foster an interest in History and the teaching of History, but especially to support and assist History teachers in Queensland. Our website provides information on the available competitions for students and teachers, as well as available professional development, resources and upcoming events.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The QHTA acknowledges and recognises the traditional custodians of the land throughout Australia. As teachers and educators of history, we know that a better understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures develops an enriched appreciation of Australia’s cultural heritage and can lead to reconciliation. This is essential to the maturity of Australia as a nation and fundamental to the development of an Australian identity. Therefore we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging for they hold the memories, the traditions, the histories, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation.

Contact Details

Queensland History Teachers’ Association Inc
ABN: 77 270 249 802
PO Box 1029. New Farm QLD 4005
Phone: 0418 764 574
Email: qhta@qhta.com.au


For QHTA Membership Enquiries:
Sandra Kenman
For enquiries or comments regarding this website:

Congratulations. Dr Brian Hoepper OAM

Dear Members and friends,

The Queensland History Teachers' Association is very proud to share that Dr Brian Hoepper, Patron and former President, has been recognised for his ‘service to education’ by being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2024 Australia Day Honours list.

Dr Brian Hoepper is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading lights in History education and his influence on the teaching of History and Social Sciences throughout the nation has been profound. For decades he has helped shape and inspire the thinking and classroom practice of thousands of pre-service and practising teachers by virtue of: pioneering a new way of teaching history; helping shape curriculum at a state and national level; his presentations at regional, state, national and international conferences, workshops and teacher meetings; his writing of numerous texts and journal articles; the significant role he played in the National History Project and the National Centre for History Education; his design and leadership of many professional development projects created specifically for History teachers; and his involvement in QHTA in a range of capacities - voluntary Executive member, newsletter and journal editor, President, Life Member and currently as Patron.

QHTA Media Release
Noosa Today article

Please see above our Media Release and an article written by Dr Hoepper OAM, first published in Noosa Today.

2024 Outstanding History Teacher Awards nomination forms

The QHTA each year invites nominations of teachers, who have demonstrated outstanding contributions in the field of History teaching. These awards are sponsored by 'WorldStrides'.

Click here to see 2019, 2023 & 2024 recipients
2024 Dr Russell Cowie Excellence in History Education Awards nomination forms

During four decades, Dr Hamilton (Russell) Cowie (1931-2015) was the most influential force in history education in Queensland. His impact was multi-faceted. He was a brilliant and innovative teacher at both secondary and tertiary levels, led the development of inquiry-based syllabuses, pioneered a new era in history textbooks, helped found the state and national history teacher associations, and presented countless lectures and workshops at conferences.

Known affectionately to all as ‘Russ’, he was a towering and legendary figure in teacher education, admired by the legions of university students whom he nurtured into their professional lives.

Russ was the inaugural patron and life member of the Queensland History Teachers’ Association. He was promoted to Associate Professor by the University of Queensland and in 2013 was honoured by the nation with the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Click here to see 2017-2019 recipients
On the agenda

Conferences & Events

CompetitionsCurrent CompetitionsFeatured

2024 QHTA Historical Writing Competition

Entries must be received by the due date, Friday 13 September 2024. Entries are to be submitted online in PDF and to competitions@qhta.com.au (a student entry form must also be attached for each entry) Students in years 7-12 in Queensland…
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CompetitionsCurrent CompetitionsFeatured

2024 National History Challenge

Closes Friday, 23 August 2024 The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives your students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community and exploring their own roots. It…
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FeaturedProfessional Development

2024 Professional Development

2024 Term 3 QHTA Teacher Webinars Program Monday, 15 July 2024. 4:30pm - Augustus EA Prep - presented by Jay Taylor, Assistant Head of History. Brisbane Grammar School. Wednesday, 17 July 2024. 4:30pm - Vietnam EA Prep - presented by…
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Seminars / Workshops

What's On with QHTA

9 February 2024
Call for Speakers submission forms due
QHTA State Conference: 22 June 2024
University of the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay Campus (North Brisbane)More information
25 February 2024 (Sunday)
Early Career Conference
Stuartholme School
28 February 2024 (Wednesday)
Professional Development Webinars
AC Year 7 v9: Deep Time. Ms Sarah Coleman
29 February 2024 (Thursday)
History TeachMeet
4:30-5:30pmRegister Here
4 March 2024 (Monday)
Professional Development Webinar
Ancient History: Hatshepsut. Dr Glenn Davies
6 March 2024 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: The Brunswick HotelMore Information
31 March 2024
Australian History Competition
Registrations close
3 May 2024
Call for Papers close
2024 HTAA National Conference - Sydney
Inner Sydney High SchoolRegister Here
8 May 2024 (Wednesday)
Professional Development Webinar
Modern History: Cold War (Unit 3). Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell
20-24 May 2024
Queensland History Week
22 May 2024
History TeachMeet
4:30-5:30pmRegister Here
27 May-31 May 2024
Australian History Competition
Competition run in schools
31 May 2024
Anzac Day Schools Awards
Theme: Discover the Stories of Veterans in Your Local Community.
22 June 2024
QHTA State Conference
University of Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay Campus (North Brisbane)
9:00am - 4:00pmMore Information
9 July 2024
Reforming the Roman Republic student experience day
University of Queensland
15 July 2024 (Monday)
Professional Development Webinar
Augustus EA Prep. Jay Taylor
17 July 2024 (Wednesday)
Professional Development Webinar
Vietnam EA Prep. Julie Hennessey
22 July 2024 (Monday)
Professional Development Webinar
Teaching the Holocaust. Emily Fraser
24 July 2024 (Wednesday)
Professional Development Webinar
Fifth Century Athens. Amelia Brown
15 August 2024
History TeachMeet (Term 3)
4:30-5:30pmRegister Here
23 August 2024
National History Challenge closes
Theme: Crisis and Response
13 September 2024
QHTA Historical Writing competition closes
3-4 October 2024
2024 HTAA National Conference - Sydney
Inner Sydney High School
8 November 2024
Simpson Prize 2025 closes