Teach Meet and National History Challenge

First PL for 2020!

Interested in meeting like-minded teachers with a passion for History?

Want to support your students who enter the National 
History Challenge?

Come along and meet History teachers and others at the Museum of Australian Democracy on Thursday 12 March 2020, 4:00PM.

Members free.  Non-members $20.

National History Challenge Winner!

Zachary Johnston

Young Historian of the ACT in the National History Challenge

is presented with the Chief Minister’s Award

by Ms Catherine Orchard

Director, Curriculum Policy, Australian Government Department of Education


Well done to Zac and to all the students, teachers and schools who entered!

Financial Support for Interstate PL for financial, active members in 2020

Dear HTA Presidents and HTAA significant others

I just want you to know if you haven’t already heard via your HTA’s Twitter that I’ve been working as your/HTAA’s representative to AHA and with three members of its Executive to have a donation that Honest History made to AHA be earmarked to support one secondary History teacher’s ability to attend the AHA Conference in 2020 in Geelong. The sum available is $400 per year – to help cover the teacher’s costs of registration, transport and accommodation – and payable to the successful applicant upon completion of something they have promised to do within (3) months of the conference. The successful applicant will more likely be a teacher who would not have institutional or other financial support to attend.

The aim primarily is for the teacher to access the latest historical research as suits their or their school needs, although there are also ‘teaching History’ sessions’ (aimed, however, more at tertiary settings). Nevertheless, there is much to be gained from the whole conference experience for any teacher’s work but also including helping build positive understandings and relationships between secondary teachers and tertiary-based historians.

The AHA Executive members and I have worked on some suggestions of what the teacher might do, and the final list is what AHA approved.

A panel will assess all applications. There is a tight turnaround time, but apparently someone applied almost as soon as the first Tweet went out.

Credits to the AHA and Honest History for this opportunity.

The full scholarship details can be found here.


Do email me if you have any questions  rosalie.triolo@monash.edu

Best wishes

Rosalie   DR ROSALIE TRIOLO  Senior Lecturer   History Education / History of Education Education:  Monash University

Canberra Archaeological Society building links with Schools

What the CAS is offering regional NSW and ACT Schools:

    • Activities include a guided walk to the Old Lands End Homestead in Weetangera – at 10.00 am-12.00 noon on Sat 25 May: https://www.canberraarchaeologicalsociety.com.au/oldlandsendwalk.html
    • Offer by Canberra archaeologists to visit classes – topics include:
      • Indigenous studies
      • ‘long history’ of Australia
      • archaeology of contemporary societies
      • archaeology of European societies.

It’s great that Isabel Dunn at Weetangera PS is soon hosting a visit to her Year 4 class by ANU archaeologists.

Our team is very happy to provide a link role with Dr Duncan Wright of the ANU and his archaeology colleagues: Christopher.Kenna@cit.edu.au and/or Duncan.Wright@anu.edu.au.

It is wonderful to have such a valuable partnership offering to help bring our units of work and fieldwork to life with expertise!

10 000+ resources!

The Howard Library houses more than 10, 000 items of personal papers, official records, political memorabilia, photographs and documents from John Howard’s political career 1974 to 2007.

Should students wish to write about gun reform or another significant political milestone from the Howard years, please load to your digital classroom http://howardlibrary.unsw.edu.au/

and feel free to contact the team at – Andrew  Group Manager, Public Leadership Research Group-Howard Library UNSW Canberra  Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT 2600

M: 0466 402 415 | E: a.blyth@adfa.edu.au Follow me on LinkedIn Review my UNSW Research Profile


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

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

Museum of Australian Democracy quality units, interactive activities and much, much more https://www.moadoph.gov.au/

High quality  P-6 units of work mapped to the Australian Curriculum provided by the AIS of WA, Maree Whiteley and HTAV for all teachers nationally  https://www.historyinthemaking.ais.wa.edu.au/  

National Museum of Australia

Teachers can also contact the ACT HTA Secretary via the ‘Contact’ section of this site and we can email teachers flyer for the National Museum: Defining Moments Digital Classroom Project so you help us by field testing our latest HASS resources (units, lessons, projects & games) for years 3 to 12.

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

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Education ‘The ANZAC Portal’ https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/

Virtual War Memorial Australia http://www.vwma.org.au

Schools Program and student and teacher resources https://vwma.org.au/educationschools.program@vwma.org.au

Lawless Learning Adventures  high quality units and innovative ways to teach in interactive and gamified approaches 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
  • All resources including video Some Came Home : POWs & civilian internees interviewed about wartime experiences https://www.memorial.org.au/Education/index.htm
  • The teaching document has been prepared by Karen McPherson, a member of the ACT HTA, and Patrick email patrickbourke58@bigpond.com

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

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

The Canberra Archaeological Society is eager to collaborate with local ACT and regional NSW schools after very successful pilot programs – bring your fieldwork and primary source lessons come to life! https://www.canberraarchaeologicalsociety.com.au/ and email Duncan.Wright@anu.edu.au

…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’!