The Modern Language Teachers' Association of Qld began in 1959 with a meeting of 105 teachers.
The first subscription for city members was 1 pound, for country members 15 shillings and students 5 shillings. For an additional 5 shillings per year members could receive 3 copies of Babel, the journal of the MLTA of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The MLTAV had started in 1947.
From the address of Professor James Mahoney, the first President of the MLTAQ, to the 25th AGM, we read:
“One of the reasons for the formation of the MLTAQ was the concern of the Language Departments of the University of Queensland over the decline in the study of Latin and Greek; they feared that French and German would be next. We have made a lot of progress since then, but unfortunately our fears have not been altogether stilled.”
The inaugural president of the MLTAQ was Professor James Mahoney from the University of Qld.
For a copy of the history of the MLTAQ up to 1999 please download it here.
For a copy of the booklet put together for the 50th anniversary dinner in 2009 please download it here. This document includes a list of all the presidents of the MLTAQ and all the life members from 1959 - 2009.