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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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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
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2020 Dr Russell Cowie Excellence in History Education Awards nomination
Previous recipients

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.

Previous recipients

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

On the agenda

Conferences & Events

ConferencesProfessional Development

HTAA Annual Conference

'2020 Hindsight' 2020 HTAA Annual Conference 30th September - 2nd October 2020, Perth Trinity College, Perth 2020 NATIONAL HISTORY TEACHERS' CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 12-14 2021Join us at the 2020 HTAA Annual Conference, 30th September - 2nd October 2020,…
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CompetitionsCurrent CompetitionsFeatured

Simpson Prize Competition 2021

CLOSES 6 NOVEMBER 2020 The History Teachers' Association of Australia (HTAA), together with HTAA State affiliates, conducts this competition for Year 9 and 10 students on behalf of the Australian Government. The focus of the competition is the significance of…
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Seminars / Workshops

What's On with QHTA

14 February 2020
Call for Presentations nominations due
QHTA State Conference: 27 June 2020
22 February 2020
'Grappling with history in the classroom'
James Cook University
9.00am - 12.00pmMore Information
27 February 2020
QHTA Annual General Meeting
Clayfield College
5 March 2020
History TeachMeet
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School
4.30-6.00pm. FreeMore information
6 March 2020
QHTA State Conference Student Art Competition entries due
Theme: 'History - Where Next?'
31 March 2020
Australian History Competiton
Registrations close
10 April 2020
QHTA Outstanding History Teacher Award
Nominations due
10 April 2020
The Dr Russell Cowie Excellence in History Education Award
Nominations due
27 April 2020
QHTA Webinar Program
Valuable Advice and Strategies for Teaching Online: 7-8pm
Michael Cocks (History Skills)Registration
4 May 2020
QHTA Webinar Program
Guiding a Structured Inquiry / Structuring a Guided Inquiry!: 7-8pm
Sue Burvill-ShawRegistration
1-5 June 2020
Australian History Competition
Competition run in schools
20 August 2020
History Teachmeet
4:30 to 6:00pmMore Information
26 August 2020
QHTA Webinar Program
History Essentials for Teachers: 4.30pm
Ben HegertyRegistration
28 August 2020
National History Challenge - "CONTESTED hiSTORIES"
Competition closes
1 September 2020
QHTA Webinar Program
The Value of the Three-Level Guide for Historical Inquiry (for both Middle School and Senior School): 4.30pm
Dr Glenn DaviesRegistration
9 September 2020
QHTA Webinar Program
Contested Places, Contested Spaces: using statues and monuments as sources to teach the complexities of Public History: 4.30pm
Dr Craig JohnstonRegistration
11 September 2020
Anzac Day Schools Awards
Competition closes
18 September 2020
2020 QHTA Historical Writing Competition
Competition closes
6 November 2020
The Simpson Prize 2021 essay competition
Competition closes
11 November 2020
History Teachmeet
4:30 to 6:00pmMore Information
25 November 2020
From HASS to History: transitioning from Year 6 - Year 7
Online Webinar presented by Melissa Roth and Sarah Coleman
Cost: FREE. Starts at 4:00pmRegister Here
4 March 2021
2021 QHTA Annual General Meeting
Time: 4:45pm for a 5:00pm start
Venute: TBAMore Information