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HTANSW's online events are conducted through Zoom. System or device requirements to participate in a Zoom meeting are minimal. Full details are available here.

Participants will need a reliable internet connection and a relatively recent computer or device that allows access to a microphone, speaker and video. Mobile device users may need to download a Zoom app before joining a meeting. Ensure that any network or system internet controls allow participation OR use a personal computer.

Members Only: Webinars will be limited to HTANSW members only. A current year HTANSW member number is required for registration.

Capacity: Most online events will have a limited capacity. Every effort will be made to repeat events where there is high demand.

NESA: Some courses are accredited. Participation in non-accredited webinars may be used as evidence of 'Elective PD' for maintenance of NESA accreditation. For more information, please visit the NESA website.

How to participate in an HTANSW online event:

  1. Register using the appropriate link in the schedule below.
  2. To complete registration you will need a regularly checked email address, a current HTANSW member number and the ability to pay via Credit Card or PayPal (if there is a registration fee).
  3. Once registered, participants will be emailed a link that will allow them to join the meeting at the scheduled time. (Cancel a registration using the link in the registration notification email BEFORE the start of a webinar. There will be no refunds after the event for non-attendance).
  4. Join the meeting at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time and ensure that your microphone, speaker and video (optional) are working effectively.
  5. Each participant needs to register individually.
  6. To avoid echo, only one microphone should be in use at any location.
  7. Access to view a recording of the webinar is available if you are not able to attend a scheduled live event.
    To do this:
    • Register as though you will be attending the live webinar (submit details and pay the required fee)
    • Request access to view the recording from email that will be sent to registrants following the live event. This will involve a short re-registration to confirm your identity, but you will not be charged additionally.
      Your re-registration will be manually approved, and should take no longer than 1 business day).
    • NOTE: Recordings are available for 7 days after the live event only.



22 September 2021 (Wednesday), 10.00-11.30am
People of the River & Dyarubbin - Prof. Grace Karskens & Marika Duczynski
Cost: $30 (GST inclusive) (PUBLIC LECTURE - All Welcome)

In 2017 Grace Karskens found an extraordinary document in the Mitchell Library’s collection: the Reverend John McGarvie’s 1829 ‘Native Names of Places on the Hawkesbury’. Working with a team of Aboriginal researchers, artists, teachers and knowledge holders, as well as archaeologists, linguists and local experts, she has mapped over 90 of the place names on McGarvie’s list. It is now possible to know and use them once more, and also to read them in the wider contexts of early colonial history, Aboriginal art and archaeology, traditional knowledge and the geography of the river itself.

Places and words are always deeper and more complicated than they look. Locked in these river names are clues not only to the wider landscape of the river in the late 1820s, but to an Aboriginal way of seeing the world, and possibilities for different ways to read this Country.

This public webinar will include three main parts:

  1. Professor Grace Karskens discussing her research into the Hawkesbury region (published in her most recent book 'People of the River')
  2. Marika Duczynski from the State Library of NSW discussing the curation of the Dyarubbin exhibit opened at the library in 2021
  3. Question and answer session.

It will run for approximately 90 minutes.

Presenters: Prof. Grace Karskens & Marika Duczynski


22 September 2021 (Wednesday), 1.00-3.00pm (NESA Accredited)
Introduction to Teaching History Extension
Cost: $95 (GST inclusive) (HTANSW Members Only)

(NESA Accredited)

This members-only webinar is designed to support teachers who may be taking History Extension for the first time or who may not have taught the course since the syllabus changed in 2017. It will be divided into two main parts: 1. Overview of the course (including discussion of the syllabus, programming, teaching and learning and resources) and, 2. The HSC History Extension Exam (including an overview of the exam requirements and some suggestions for approaching questions 1 and 2). Participants will receive access to a Google Drive folder of resources they can take away to help plan and implement the teaching of History Extension in their schools.

Completing Introduction to Teaching History Extension will contribute 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2, 3.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Presenters: Jonathon Dallimore & Ashley Chee Quee


5 October 2021 (Tuesday), 4.00-5.00pm
Drawn to Extremes: Political Cartooning During the Inter-War Crisis
Cost: $30 (GST inclusive) (HTANSW Members Only)

The crisis years between the two world wars saw a veritable explosion in cartooning and comic artistry across Europe and the world. Well-established satirical journals like the British Punch, French Le Charivari and Le Rire, and Germany’s Kladderadatsch and Simplicissimus were joined by the Soviet Union’s remarkable Krokodil in chronicling the triumphs and travails of politics, society, and culture in these turbulent times. So too the ever-growing cartooning industry supported by mass-circulation newspapers allowed great talents as diverse as the left-leaning David Low and the committed Nazi Hans Schweitzer to thrive. In Britain in the 1930s, for instance, there was cartooning for all political persuasions: fascist, conservative, liberal, labour, and communist. This was also the period when American-style comic art invaded Europe (Mussolini banning all such comic books except Topolino / Mickey Mouse, which his children loved), but also when the greatest European comic artists were beginning to emerge (including Hergé, creator of ‘Tintin’). The cartoon archive is an ideal starting-point for historical investigation of the years 1919-1939, but is surprisingly little-studied. This paper considers both the incredible richness of the archive, as well as the limitations to making the most of it for academic and educational purposes.

Presenter: Associate Professor Richard Scully

6 October 2021 (Wednesday), 4.00-5.00pm
War and the Making of Stalinism
Cost: $30 (GST inclusive) (HTANSW Members Only)

The Soviet state was born of war and violence. More precisely, beginning with the Bolshevik-led October 1917 Revolution, the Soviet state was born into and subsequently embroiled in a second ‘Thirty Years War’ (1914-1945). Throughout these three cataclysmic decades, Soviet state and society were almost in a constant state of war, either without or within. Virtually besieged militarily and economically from its inception, the Soviet Union nearly succumbed to Hitler’s ‘war of annihilation’ during what Stalin called ‘The Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945’. Between these inter-state conflagrations, the Soviet Union was wracked by intra-state, domestic wars: most infamously, Stalin’s war on the peasantry in the guise of forced agricultural collectivisation and ‘dekulakisation’ (1929-1934) and his ‘Great Terror’ (1937-1938): covert war against so-called ‘enemies of the people’. It is the contention of this presentation that war and girding for war, not only decisively forged the Soviet state it disfigured it, particularly in its Stalinist incarnation.

Presenter: Professor Roger Markwick


7 October 2021 (Thursday), 4.00-5.00pm
To Live is to Tell: Integrating Perpetrator & Holocaust Survivor Testimony
Cost: $30 (GST inclusive) (HTANSW Members Only)

In this webinar Dr Lander will draw on 17 years of Holocaust education experience to talk about practical ways to integrate both perpetrator and survivor testimony when teaching the Holocaust in Stage 5 (but this will also be useful for Stage 6 Modern History and Extension History). Teaching the Holocaust is challenging for both staff and students, integrating detailed individual narratives is an essential way to make the study of the Holocaust not simply a matter of numbers and dates but a human story which raises profound questions about the nature of humanity. Engaging critically with both perpetrator and survivor narratives encourages students to understand the challenges faced by historians when utilising oral testimony and the essential role oral history has played in shaping our understanding of the Nazi genocides.

Presenter: Dr Ari Lander


12 October 2021 (Tuesday), 4.00-5.00pm
Building Historical Narratives from Objects in Ancient History
Cost: $30 (GST inclusive) (HTANSW Members Only)

Objects allow us to see the past through human actions, rather than how people wrote about events. But objects don’t speak for themselves, and their full potential to reveal historical information is often unrealised. Using material culture analysis techniques employed by archaeologists and museum curators, this paper discusses ways of seeing everyday and museum objects and suggests how these might be employed in secondary teaching of ancient history. The discussion includes looking beyond the face value of text or pictorial information on ancient artefacts, to maximise their potential to reveal clues about the people who made them and used them. Some strategies for analysis will be presented with examples of objects relevant to syllabus topics that might apply to teaching stages 4 to 6 ancient history. A selection of archaeological and historical case study objects from the collections of small museums from Sydney and regional NSW are presented, demonstrating how objects for classroom and student project case studies can be found in collections across the state.

Presenter: Dr Fiona Starr


13 October 2021 (Wednesday), 4.00-5.00pm
Deep Time History of Australia
Cost: $30 (GST inclusive) (HTANSW Members Only)

This members-only webinar presented by Professor Annie Clarke will explore a broad understanding of Australia's deep time history based on current academic research. It aims to support teachers working with Stage 4 History, Year 11 Ancient History and History Extension. It also seeks to examine some of the themes that the recent draft ACARA 7 – 10 History syllabus has flagged as a possible new direction for Year 7 History in Australia.

Presenter: Professor Annie Clarke


14 October 2021 (Thursday), 4.00-5.00pm
Literacy Strategies for Teaching Directive Verbs in Stage 5
Cost: $30 (GST inclusive) (HTANSW Members Only)

This presentation will provide strategies to teach Stage 5 students how to 'write historically' by employing the concepts of cause and effect, significance and contestability. Worked examples of lessons and student work will demonstrate how to scaffold students use of a lexicon to use in response to ‘explain’ and ‘assess’ questions.These scaffolds can be easily differentiated to suit different ability levels, age groups and topics, to improve student's written expression and increase their critical thinking skills.

Presenter: Zoe Garbutt


19 October 2021 (Tuesday), 4.00-5.00pm
Conflict in the Pacific: Explaining Allied Victory
Cost: $30 (GST inclusive) (HTANSW Members Only)

On 15 August 1945, Emperor Hirohito publicly announced that Japan had accepted the Allies’ terms of surrender, declaring the unconditional surrender of Japanese armed forces. A formal surrender ceremony took place on 2 September in Tokyo Bay, Japan, aboard the American battleship USS Missouri, surrender ceremonies across Asia and the Pacific followed. With Nazi Germany having surrendered three months earlier, the Second World War was over.

While dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August brought the conflict to a sudden end, this alone does not explain Allied victory.

Many factors contributed to Japanese defeat at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels: the vastness of the Asia–Pacific war; the Allies’ industrial and economic capability; Allied amphibious, submarine and conventional bombing offensives, along with battlefield and naval victories; and the limitations of Japanese resources, including those acquired through conquest.

This paper will examine how the Allies defeated Japan. It will address the “Conflict in the Pacific” HSC syllabus topic.

Presenter: Dr Karl James

21 October 2021 (Thursday), 4.00-5.00pm
Spartan Society: Reimagining the Evidence
Cost: $30 (GST inclusive) (HTANSW Members Only)

Spartan society is one of the most problematic and exciting topics in the HSC. The evidence presents unique problems of bias and interpretation, and it is easy to get lost in the myriad of problems. Join Steve in a re-exploration of the evidence to take account of the growing body of Spartan scholarship and how it can all be used in the classroom.

Presenter: Dr Stephen Clarke





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