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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, this 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:

Dr Russell Cowie Excellence in History Education Awards
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

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2021 QHTA Historical Writing Competition

Entries must be received by the due date, Friday 17 September 2021. 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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Simpson Prize Competition 2022

CLOSES 5 NOVEMBER 2021 The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students that focuses on the service of Australians in World War I. The 2022 Simpson Prize question is: “To what extent have the Gallipoli campaign…
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Professional Development Workshops 2021

QHTA Webinar Online 13 October 2021. Online. 4-5pm. Topic: Apartheid of South Africa Year 12 Modern History (Alternate Sequence) student webinar delivered by Susan du Rand (Head of History, Brisbane Grammar School) When – 4pm, Wednesday 13th October 2021 Who…
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Seminars / Workshops

What's On with QHTA

28 February 2021
Call for Presentations due
2021 QHTA State Conference
3 March 2021
History TeachMeet (Online)
Run by St Margaret's College
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pmMore Information
4 March 2021
2021 QHTA Annual General Meeting
Time: 4:45pm for a 5:00pm start
Venue: The Brunswick HotelMore Information
20 March 2021
The Friends of Antiquity: 26th Annual Ancient History Day @ UQ
9:00am - 4:00pm More information
31 March 2021
Australian History Competition
Registrations close
27 May 2021
History TeachMeet (Online)
Run by St Margaret's College
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pmMore Information
30 May-4 June 2021
Australian History Competition
Competition run in schools
21 June 2021
QHTA Webinar - Australian Curriculum: History Review
Presented by: Dr Brian Hoepper & Kay Bishop
4-5pm online. Cost: freeRegister
26 June 2021
QHTA State Conference
"History: Who Knew?"
Clairvaux Mackillop CollegeMore information
18 August 2021
History TeachMeet (Online)
Run by St Margaret's College
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pmMore Information
25 August 2021
Year 12 Modern History Student Webinar (Vietnam War)
Dr Benjamin Jones. Central Queensland University
Time: 4:00pm (Free)Registration
27 August 2021
National History Challenge closes
Theme - Significance: History Matters
14 September 2021
Year 12 Ancient History Student Webinar (Augustus)
Associate Professor Tom Stevenson. University of Queensland
Time: 4:00pm (Free)Registration
17 September 2021
QHTA Historical Writing Competition closes
12 October 2021
Year 12 Ancient History - Alternate Sequence - Student Webinar (Perikles)
Associate Professor David M Pritchard. University of Queensland
Time: 4:00pm (Free)Registration
13 October 2021
Year 12 Modern History - Alyernate Sequence - Student Webinar (Apartheid)
Susan du Rand. Brisbane Grammar School
Time: 4:00pm (Free)Registration
5 November 2021
2022 Simpson Prize closes
10 November 2021
History TeachMeet (Online)
Run by St Margaret's College
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pmMore Information
19 March 2022
Friends of Antiquity - Ancient History Day (University of Queensland)
Theme: Power, Status & Authority
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pmMore Information