Dr Craig Johnston - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Craig Johnston

PhD Edin, GradDipEd QUT, BA(Hons) NSW

  • Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • School of Education and Tertiary Access
+61 7 5456 3157
Office location
Moreton Bay
Dr Craig Johnston

Dr Craig Johnston joined the School of Education and Tertiary Access in 2021. He completed his PhD, focusing on constructions of Australian identity as a response to multiculturalism, at the University of Edinburgh, then went on to a successful and well-travelled career in the wine industry for over a decade. He is a sought-after speaker at dinners and other events.

A move from Sydney to Brisbane prompted a career change. Craig was in the final cohort to complete the GradDipEd at QUT, graduating with Distinction. He then taught at two very different Brisbane schools; one a large, new state school, and the other a much smaller, long-established independent school for girls, where he was the Senior Modern and Ancient History teacher and 2IC of English and Humanities.

Craig is a historian first and foremost, whose teaching philosophy is encapsulated in Socrates’ belief that the “unexamined life is not worth living”. Drawing on a broad subject knowledge and recency of teaching practice, he aims to instill passion for History pedagogy in a new generation of willing learners, a new generation of leaders of learning in Queensland High Schools: to encourage them to question and examine life and to demonstrate to them that an understanding of History is more relevant now than ever before.

Craig is an elected member of the State Executive of the Queensland History Teacher’s Association (QHTA), where he is a regular panelist at the State Conference and to the annual journal, QHistory. He is a past coordinator of the St Margaret’s Teachmeet, a meeting of history teachers sharing ideas and activities four times a year.

Professional Membership

Queensland History Teachers’ Association (QHTA) – executive member

Queensland College of Teachers


Reh Kendermann Bursary, Institute of Masters of Wine, 2007

Dean’s Letter of Commendation, Faculty of Arts, University of Edinburgh, 1999

Jeremiah Dalziel Prize for History, University of Edinburgh, 1996

Northcote Travelling Scholarship, Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London, 1994

Professional Social Media




Research areas

  • early career teachers in rural and remote settings
  • statues, monuments and public history
  • constructions of identity
  • development and implementation of the new QCAA history syllabus

Teaching areas

Research Publications

Refereed publication
Johnston, C. (1996). A drunk man looks at the Waratah: Scottish-Australian Identity and its Representations since 1945. Australian Studies, 10, pp. 102-118.
Conference Proceedings publication
Johnston, C. (1996). Representing Scotland Beyond Europe: An Imagined Community in NSW. J. Perkins and J. Tampke (eds.), Europe: Retrospects and Prospects, (Sydney), pp. 269-279.
Other publications
Johnston, C. (2018). “American Revolution, 1763-1783 (French and Indian War ends – Treaty of Paris)” for QCAA MH Unit 1, and accompanying powerpoint, “American Revolution”, The History Teacher, The e-journal of the Queensland History Teachers’ Association Inc., Volume 56, No.3, (Nov).
Johnston, C. (1996). Scottish Societies in Late-Twentieth Century Australia. Squatters and Saints: Scotland and the Making of Australia – CD Rom, (Edinburgh: Dunedin Multimedia).
Book Reviews
Johnston, C. (2020). Bringing the Frontier Wars to Life: Only Killers and Thieves, by Paul Howarth, (London: Pushkin Press) 2018 (2019). QHistory: The Journal of the Queensland History Teachers’ Association, p. 95
Johnston, C. (2019). Questions I am asked about the Holocaust, by Hédi Fried, trans Alice E Olsson, (Melbourne: Scribe) 2017. Q History: The Journal of the Queensland History Teachers’ Association, pp. 91-92.