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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:

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

ConferencesProfessional Development

2022 QHTA Online State History Conference

QHTA 2022 Online State History Conference 25 June 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm Theme: Sharing Stories The Queensland History Teachers’ Association invites you to the 2022 Online State History Conference. The program assists teachers in their implementation of State and National…
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2022 Professional Development

2022 QHTA Webinar Program ... click each link below for each online registration 9 May 2022. 4:30pm - Topic: Cold War - delivered by Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, University of Queensland 11 May 2022. 4:30pm - Topic: Indigenous Rights and…
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2022 Queensland History Week

Daily History Story Activities (click the link for each day) Monday - History Story Activity - 1888 Anti-Chinese Riots in Brisbane Chinatown Tuesday - History Story Activity - Women Protest Wednesday - History Story Activity - Carnarvon Gorge. Ancient Australia…
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Seminars / Workshops

What's On with QHTA

28 February 2022
Call for Presentations due
2022 QHTA State History Conference
8 March 2022
QHTA Annual General Meeting
Time: 4:00 to 5:00pm
Venue: OnlineMore Information
9 March 2022
History TeachMeet
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School
4:30-5:30pmRegister Here
19 March 2022
Ancient History Day (Friends of Antiquity), University of Queensland
Theme: Power, Status & Authority
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pmMore Information
31 March 2022
Australian History Competition
Registrations close
22 April 2022
'History Connects'. HTAA National Conference
Presenting Proposals close
9 May 2022
Cold War webinar
Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, University of Queensland
11 May 2022
Indigenous Rights and Freedoms webinar
Julie Hennessey, Brisbane Girls Grammar School
18 May 2022
Decline of the Roman Republic webinar
Associate Professor Tom Stevenson, University of Queensland
23-27 May 2022
Queensland History Week
25 May 2022
History TeachMeet online
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School
4:30-5:30pmRegister Here
30 May-3 June 2022
Australian History Competition
Competition run in schools
25 June 2022
QHTA Online State Conference
Theme: 'Sharing Stories'
9:00am - 4:00pmMore information
30 June 2022
Anzac Day Schools' Awards competition
Theme: 'Engaging with veterans: Stories of peacekeeping'
Entries close at 5pmMore information
26 August 2022
National History Challenge
Student entries due
16 September 2022
QHTA Historical Writing Competition
Student entries due
30 September - 3 October 2022
HTAA National Conference
Theme: 'History Connects'
Darwin Middle School. NTMore information
4 November 2022
Simpson Prize
Student entries due