Professor Sam Wineburg


Conference keynote speakers are Professor Sam Wineburg, Stanford University (Thursday) and Professor Anne McGrath, Australian National University (Friday).

This will be a 2-day live event held at Loreto Kirribilli.

Program and bookings now available - see below.
CLOSING DATE: 28 June 2023



Completing each day of the 2023 HTANSW State Conference will contribute 4 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2 and 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 


VENUE - 85 Carabella Street, Kirribilli

PARKING - There is no onsite parking at Loreto Kirribilli. Limited street parking is available (but mostly subject to time restrictions).

PUBLIC TRANSPORT - for more details click here



CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS – please use our online facility at the outset. (Please do not submit the hard-copy ‘EFT Payment Form’ as credit card payment cannot subsequently be paid once registration has been processed for EFT payment).

CANCELLATIONS - there will be no refund for cancellations made after the closing date.



ONLINE BOOKING (and pay by credit card) simply click on the “READ MORE” button of the appropriate attendance registration option below.  Please ensure you select the appropriate attendance registration option for your online booking. That is, please select from:

o   2-Day Online Booking (if you want to attend both Thursday and Friday)

o   Day 1 Only (if you want to attend Thursday only)

o   Day 2 Only (if you want to attend Friday only)

  • You will have the option to register multiple teachers on the same online booking so long as they are attending the same day(s).
  • Please start a different online booking for teachers attending on different days or attending for different number of days.
  • 2-day discount/booking cannot be shared between different teachers.


PAYMENT BY ELECTRONIC FUNDS (official School bookings only) please download our EFT Booking Form and return to HTANSW office.

  • You will be issued a Tax Invoice on receipt of your completed form.
  • Note that after issue of Tax Invoice, you will not be able to make payment by Credit Card without duplicating your registration.  

DOWNLOAD FORM FOR EFT PAYMENT (School bookings only)

Professor Ann McGrath


    • Teacher - Conference

    2024 HTAA National Conference - Sydney

    Call for papers now open!





PROGRAM DAY 1 - Thursday 13 July

For more session details, including abstracts and presenter biographies - click on session titles below

8.15  Registration
8.55 Welcome to country

1.1 Is Historical Thinking Enough?
Professor Sam Wineburg (Stanford University, USA)

10.20 Morning Tea
1.2A: Shops, Shopping and the Creation of Material Culture of “Home” in Pompeii
Professor Ray Laurence (Macquarie University)
1.2B: Internationalism in the Interwar Period
Professor Glenda Sluga (European University Institute, Florence)

1.3A: Crazy
for Cleopatra

Dr Fiona Radford

1.3B: Totalitarianism at the Local Level in NSDAP Germany

Dr Denis Mootz

1.3C: PANEL Age of Unreason? Teaching History in the
Age of Artificial Intelligence

Matthew Esterman

1.3D: 50 Years of the NSW History Syllabus – what can we learn?

Michael Condie

1.3E: Leading Literacy in a HSIE Faculty

Peter Dewell

1.3F: Talking to Students about careers in History

Ben Archer

12.55 Lunch

1.4A: Problem of Ancient Historians in History Extension

Dr Stephen Clarke

1.4B: The USA National Study: American Consumerism

Rebekah Poole

1.4C: The Age of Imperialism: a possible Yr 11 MH teaching topic

Chris Tidyman

1.4D: New Developments in
the Anzac Debate

Martin Douglas

1.4E: PANEL Defining Perspective: Navigating Different Points of View

Dr Alison Bedford

Australian Maritime Museum (Pyrmont)

Stories of Deep Time Australia at the Maritime Museum

State Library of NSW

WWI Collection for Junior History Classes


1.5A: The State of Archaeology in 2023 and how to teach new developments

Dr Craig Barker

1.5B: Creating a History Club in your School

Fran Musico Rullo

1.5C: Object based Learning (OBL) in the Classroom

Karl Van Dyke and
Dr Denis Mootz

1.5D: Writing creative non-fiction history for students

Prof. Paul Ashton

1.5E Activity and Creativity in the Stage 4 & 5 Classroom

Sandra Rutter

 Conference Drinks - details TBC

PROGRAM DAY 2 - Friday 14 July

For more session details, including abstracts and presenter biographies - click on session titles below

8.15 Registration
9.00 Welcome
9.10 2.1: Everywhen - Ways of Seeing Australian History beyond 1788
Professor Ann McGrath (Australian National University)
10.10 Morning Tea


2.2A: An Ethical Conundrum? Egyptian mummified human remains in Australia

Dr Melanie Pitkin (Chau Chak Wing Museum)

2.2B: Revisiting Stalinism as Totalitarianism

Professor Mark Edele (University of Melbourne)



2.3A: Reconceptualising 'Ancient History'

Dr Kavita Ayer

2.3B: The Nuclear Age and How to End It

Dr Daryl Le Cornu

2.3C: Rock through History - A 21st Century Perspective

Bernie Howitt

2.3D: Augmenting Critical thinking via Community of Inquiry in the History Classroom

Dr Britta Jensen & Peter Laurence

2.3E: Emerging Digital Tech & Learning in the History Classroom

Vince Wall

2.3F: New Histories in History Extension

Stuart Madgwick


12.45 Lunch


2.4A:Whose Culture? Debating the restitution of historical artefacts

Sarah-Jayne Dooner

2.4B: What was Stalin's thinking? Ideology in USSR 1928-41

Jonathon Dallimore

2.4C: PANEL Using Museum Pedagogy to engage students in history

Dr Rebecca Kummerfeld

2.4D: Causation, Connections and Chance for Yr 7 to Yr 12

Dr Bruce Dennett

2.4E: Integrating Experiential Learning into the Secondary History Classroom

Annabel Elliot

2.4F: Documenting the Holocaust: Work of Fr Patrick Desboi and Yahad in Unum

Greg Keith

Chau Chak Wing Museum

University of Sydney

Museum Tour


2.5A: A Cretan Mystery - Reinvestigating Anemospilia

Alex Thompson

2.5B: Myth and Misogyny - Assessing Agrippina

Luke Simkins

2.5C: Picture This - Analysing Visual Sources to Illuminate the Past

Anne Gripton

2.5D: How to Create an Historical Digital Escape Room

Tara Ellam

2.5E: Listen and Remember - Utilising survivor testimony of genocide against the Tutsi

Dr Ari Lander, Olivier Kameya and Agnes Bunani

2.5F: Classroom Design and Student Engagement

Kristie Lee Knight