Renee Erdos Award

The History Teachers' Association of NSW established the Renée Erdos Award in 2009. It is an occasional award aimed at acknowledging achievement in or contribution to school based History.


2017 - Trent Hugler

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The 2017 award recognises the extraordinary achievement of Trent Hugler from Parramatta High School in the 2016 HSC. Trent achieved 1st in Ancient History, 2nd in History Extension and 3rd in Modern History. He says, "I have a strong passion for history as it is an incredibly dynamic and continuously evolving field that is engaging, intellectually rigorous, and fulfilling."
Trent will continue his study of History by pursuing a Bachelor of Ancient History at Macquarie University. "My dream career from this is to become a field archaeologist working on international excavations in Egypt and Europe".

Trent is shown here with his teachers, Ms Helen Kougelos (L) and Ms Luisa Cossu.

2015 - Kate Cameron


Kate Cameron who is well-known not only to the legions of students she has inspired in her high school classrooms, but also to a host of history teachers who have benefitted from her expertise and experience through a range of Professional Development programs and publications over many years. Kate is a former President both of HTANSW and of the national body, the History Teachers’ Association of Australia. She was also a long-time editor of Teaching History and is currently co-ordinating HTA’s regional professional development program. Kate’s most recent career appointment was as Senior Assessment Officer at the NSW Board of Studies. Prior to this Kate taught in secondary high schools in western Sydney, including Penrith, Katoomba and then at Mt Druitt where she was Head Teacher, History for many years. Kate won a Premier’s History Scholarship in 2004 and travelled to Russia to research the life and career of Alexandra Kollontai. In 2010 Kate received a citation from the NSW History Council in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of History. Kate has also lectured in History Method at Macquarie University and has published texts for both junior history and senior Ancient History. Her most recent publication, Discovering History, co-authored with Dr Jenny Lawless, was written for the new K-6 Australian Curriculum and received a 2013 Australian Educational Publishers Award.

This Renée Erdos Award recognizes Kate Cameron as an outstanding historian and communicator and a thorough professional who has demonstrated a special vocation for those whose educational needs are greatest.


2013 - Dr Jennifer Lawless


The 2013 award acknowledges Jenny's long contribution to history in NSW and her many achievements. Jenny is a former President of the HTANSW. In her role as Inspector with the NSW Board of Studies Jenny has overseen the revision of many history syllabuses and played a critical role in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: History, in NSW. Prior to joining the Board of Studies Jenny taught history in a number of western Sydney secondary schools and also lectured in history method at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney. Jenny's expertise in history has been recognised with a number of awards including a Churchill Fellowship, an Endeavour Scholarship and two Australian Military History Scholarships. Her PhD focused on the experiences of Australian POWs captured at Gallipoli. Jenny is the author of may popular history texts. Most recently her Discovering History primary series, co-authored with Kate Cameron received a 2013 Australian Educational Publishers Award.

Jenny Lawless was presented with her award by HTANSW President Bernie Howitt at the 2013 State Conference Dinner.


2011 - The Hon. Bob Carr


In 2000 Bob Carr set up the NSW Premier's History Teacher Scholarships which have now given numerous history teachers access to overseas study opportunities. Bob Carr also presided over the introduction of mandatory junior history courses and the wonderful History Extension course, both bolstering NSW's reputation as the 'history state'.


2009 - Alison Witchard


In 2008 Alison Witchard completed her HSC at Boorowa Central School in western NSW. Alison studied both Modern and Ancient History, the latter through distance education. In the 2008 HSC, Alison achieved an extraordinary double with a top ten place in both Modern and Ancient History.

From the left: HTA President Beatriz Cartlidge; inaugural Renée Erdos Award winner Alison Witchard; HTA Patron Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington and Mr Col Witchard, 2009



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