Welcome to the 2018 History Teachers’ Association of Australia Annual conference website. https://www.historyconference.org.au.
The ACT History Teachers’ Association are looking forward to hosting this year’s conference in Canberra.

This year’s theme is People, Power and Perspectives. 


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!

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) by looking at our new web site.

We are a small but dedicated group of primary, high school and college teachers and leaders, and range of community institutions and groups, working together to provide a range of professional learning, resource sharing and strategic networking events for history educators.

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, and much, much more!

Matthew and Daniel
ACT HTA Secretary & Treasurer

ACT HTA 2018 Working Groups

Are you gifted and/or talented with ICT and marketing? (or even just interested in learning more as part of a range of small, practical projects?)

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 2018 National Conference organising team.

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

Free! Quality Teaching Resources for Schools

(Schools only have to provide feedback and share your successes)

The Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Group of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia (PNGAA) commenced Project 150 in Australian high schools just over 3 years ago.

During that time over 150 history teachers and high schools have been contacted in regards to the teaching materials and dvd, and they have attended the HTAA National Conferences in Sydney and Brisbane and intend to attend the HTAA National Conference in Canberra next year. The feedback from history teachers has been greatly appreciated. Also, the support of History Teachers’ Associations throughout Australia.

Patrick is able to post school leaders, teachers and community partners copies of the teaching materials upon request (see 3rd attachment in this email), and next year it is intended to put this updated document on the Rabaul & Montevideo Maru Society’s website with the 15 minute DVD, Some Came Home, as an embedded resource. www.memorial.org.au . This teaching document has been prepared by Karen McPherson, a member of the ACT HTA, and Patrick.

Please email Patrick for the free unit resources and/or for more information, and with feedback (formal or informal) at Patrick Bourke Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Education Committee PNGAA

E : patrickbourke58@bigpond.com

What Matters? Competition

The Museum of Australian Democracy is a partner for the exciting What Matters? Competition which is run by the Whitlam Institute.

The link below takes you to the website which has the student entry forms on it, including details about one of this years’ overall winners. https://www.whitlam.org/the_program/what_matters_writing_competition/what_matters_2017

You can also click on the following link to join their newsletters @moad_canberra /museumofaustraliandemocracy Join our newsletter

For more information, please contact Andrew Harper Deputy Director Email: andrew.harper@moadoph.gov.au Phone: (02) 6270 8170 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600, Australia PO Box 3934, Manuka ACT 2603.