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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


Professional Development 2022

Anzac Square. Book your free 2022 school group tour. Enrich the lives of your students by expanding their knowledge of the Australian war experience. More information at //www.anzacsquare.qld.gov.au/education QHTA Webinar Online 13 October 2021. Online. 4-5pm. Topic: Apartheid of South Africa…
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Competition WinnersCompetitionsFeatured

2021 QHTA Historical Writing Essay Winners

2021 student winners QHTA takes great pleasure in announcing the 2021 winners of the Historical Writing Competition. The standard of entries this year was very high and the judges commend both the students and their teachers for the way in…
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Seminars / Workshops

What's On with QHTA

19 March 2022
Ancient History Day (Friends of Antiquity), University of Queensland
Theme: Power, Status & Authority
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pmMore Information
8 March 2022
QHTA Annual General Meeting
Time: 4:30pm
31 March 2022
Australian History Competition
Registrations Close
30 May-3 June 2022
Australian History Competition
Competition run in schools
25 June 2022
QHTA State Conference