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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
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Outstanding History Teacher Awards

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'.

Previous recipients
Dr Russell Cowie Excellence in History Education Awards

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.

2017-2019 recipients
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Conferences & Events

FeaturedProfessional Development

2024 QHTA State History Conference

QHTA 2024 State History Conference University of the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay Campus (North Brisbane). Saturday 22 June 2024 9:00am to 4:00pm Call for Presentations due 9 February 2024 The Queensland History Teachers’ Association invites you to submit a proposal…
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2024 QHTA AGM Date: 6 March 2024 Time: 4:00-5:30pm Venue:  The Brunswick Hotel, 569 Brunswick Street, New Farm The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for you to connect with fellow history educators, share your ideas and contribute to the growth…
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Competition WinnersFeatured

2023 National History Challenge Winners

2023 National winners Qld Premier's Young Historian – Isaac Robinson, Brisbane Grammar School NHC Isaac Robinson                   2023 Queensland Premier's Young Historian & 2023 National Young Historian 2023 Queensland winners Queensland Young Historian – Isaac Robinson, Brisbane Grammar School Year 11-12…
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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
29 February 2024
History TeachMeet
4:30-5:30pmMore Here
6 March 2024
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: The Brunswick HotelMore Information
31 March 2024
Australian History Competition
Registrations close
20-24 May 2024
Queensland History Week
27 May-31 May 2024
Australian History Competition
Competition run in schools
22 June 2024
QHTA State Conference
University of Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay Campus (North Brisbane)
9:00am - 4:00pmMore Information