History Teachers Around the Capital (National Conference 2018)

Thanks! to the National Library for hosting the first 2 days, to the National Gallery of Australia for the day 1 welcome drinks party and tour of the ‘American Masters’ exhibition, to the National Museum of Australia for the amazing day 2 dinner, tour of the ‘Rome’ exhibition and educational interview with Bettany Hughes,  and to the Museum of Australian Democracy for hosting day 3 and the wrap party!  


Well done!
to all the P-12 teachers, educators, school and community partners and leaders,
even the 4 students (yes, that’s right – students attended the full conference sharing their voices, ideas and visions for Australia!),
who attended and made the HTAA National Conference People, Power and Perspectives
2-4 October 2018 in CANBERRA
so educational, inspiring and wonderful!
The diversity of local, national, regional and international speakers, sharing their visions for developing the teaching of History
while also providing incredibly useful resources, units of work, exhibitions and connections
was inspiring and empowering!
Thank you again to our fantastic sponsors who assisted in a range of ways, to those that made the journey across the country (and globe!), to everyone who came, and especially to the organising committee and volunteers – your work, energy and passion was appreciated! 

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who has devoted the last 30 years to the vital communication of history and ideas. She is the recipient of the Norton Medlicott Medal for History, has been made a DfO of Oxford University for services to the academic and public outreach work of the University and in 2018 will be given Europe’s Helena Vaz da Silva Award for Raising Public Awareness of Cultural Heritage. Her books have been shortlisted for the Writers Guild and Runciman Awards and she was chair of the Orange Prize for Women’s Fiction. Bettany is author of titles which have garnered great critical acclaim and have been translated into over ten languages – they include Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore; The Hemlock Cup, Socrates, Athens and the Search for The Good Life – which was a New York Times bestseller and Istanbul A Tale of Three Cities – which was a Sunday Times bestseller. She is a Research Fellow at Kings College London and a Professor of History at the New College of the Humanities. Bettany has long championed the re-writing of women of back into history and is a patron of a number of charities. She has recently presented the series “Eight Days that Made Rome” which appeared on SBS.

George Megalogenis
 is an author and journalist with more than three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. He wrote and presented the documentary tribute to former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser, Life Wasn’t Meant To Be Easy in 2015. George is also the author of Australia’s Second Chance, Balancing Act – Australia Between Recession and Renewal, The Longest Decade and Faultlines. His latest book is The Football Solution. 

Join us! (2 easy options!)

Dear P-12 teachers, school leaders, community members and history stakeholders:

Thank you for your interest in the ACT HTA (Australian Capital Territory and region History Teachers’ Association).

We are a small but passionate and dedicated group of volunteers running the Association. We are teachers and school leaders from primary and high schools, colleges and a range of community institutions and local groups.  We work together to provide a range of professional learning, resource sharing and strategic networking events for history educators.  Our goal is to recognise the value of the subject and profession for all.

To join your ACT HTA simply complete one of the following –

Option 1. If you / your school / institution want to apply and pay with credit card or paypal go back to the main menu of our web site, click Membership, then choose the option that suits you and follow the steps.

Option 2. If you wish to transfer money from a bank account, go back to the mail menu of our web site, click Contact, then choose the ACT HTA Treasurer (Daniel) and state your full name, school and request for the very simple and easy 1 page application (takes only a few minutes to complete) for us to send to you.
Then use the BSB and account number on the form to pay your 12 month membership and submit your application (please clearly note in the transfer subject section your full name and where you are from). Email your completed form to the HTA Treasurer using the address provided, letting us know the money has been transferred so we can confirm and process.

We will add you to the exclusive email lists so you will be aware of everything going on, including members-only PL, networking and new resource launches, comand much, much more!

Matthew and Daniel
ACT HTA Secretary & Treasurer

ACT HTA 2019 Working Groups

Are you gifted and/or talented, or just interested in developing your skills in Project Management, Community Partnerships and/or with ICT and marketing? (or even just interested in learning more as part of a range of small, practical projects run by passionate teams?).

Do you have any project management, professional and/or community organisational skills and/or want the chance to develop them?

The ACT HTA President Ann and VP Deb are eager to hear from any continuing and/or new members interested in being part of the following Working Groups:

  • ACT HTA 2018 web site and promotional materials review, research, budgeting and brainstorming team


  • ACT HTA regional and national History Competitions trainee coordinators (to work as part of a team)


  • ACT HTA 2018 National Conference organising team.

All three teams have already formed and commenced research they will present to the ACT HTA Executive then at meetings during 2018/19, and more participants on all three are very welcome! Email Ann at aparry49@gmail.com if interested, or with any offers, questions and ideas.

Free! P-12 Quality Teaching Resources for Schools (tested by members of your HTA)

HTAA Primary and Secondary Units and everything educators need about ‘How to teach History!’  https://www.achistoryunits.edu.au/home/website-home.html

Museum of Australian Democracy  https://www.moadoph.gov.au/

National Museum of Australia

Defining Moments in History and Social Sciences for Years 2-10  http://www.nma.gov.au/online_features/defining_moments


ANU and NMA Australian Journey resource videos and kit:  http://www.nma.gov.au/education/resources/activities/australian-journey


Education Section 100s of units, lessons and games (search by key words)  http://www.nma.gov.au/education/resources
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Education ‘The ANZAC Portal’ https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/

Lawless Learning Adventures (History and Social Sciences high quality units and innovative ways to teach)  https://lawlesslearning.com/free/learningadventures/

The Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Group of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia (PNGAA):

Commenced a Project for Australian high schools involving over 150 history teachers designing teaching materials and videos.  The writers have attended the HTAA National Conferences in Sydney and Brisbane and will be attending the HTAA National Conference in Canberra in 2018. The feedback from history teachers at each stage of the project has been greatly appreciated, also the support of History Teachers’ Associations throughout Australia.

All the teaching resources that the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Education Committee of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia have compiled, including the free 15 minute DVD Some Came Home in which POWs and civilian internees are interviewed about their wartime experiences, can now be accessed online at https://www.memorial.org.au/Education/index.htm  .This teaching document has been prepared by Karen McPherson, a member of the ACT HTA, and Patrick.

Please email Patrick for further information about the free unit resources, and with feedback (formal or informal) at Patrick Bourke of the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Education Committee PNGAA  E : patrickbourke58@bigpond.com

(Schools are invited to provide any and all feedback and share your successes using the materials with Patrick and your HTA)

The National Maritime Museum’s Voyager Game (fun-interactive-educational!) https://www.anmm.gov.au/discover/apps-and-games/voyage-game

The National Film and Sound Archive’s Education Resources section packed with so many Aussie media resources! https://www.nfsa.gov.au/learning/educational-resources

…what else have you created or found you have permission to share with us???  Go to the ‘Contact’ tab at front of our site and email the ACT HTA Secretary your resource ‘gold mines’!