The Historical Association of South Africa is the oldest professional organisation for historians in South Africa. It was established in Pretoria on 11 February 1956. Historia, our internationally accredited journal, was first published in June 1956. The objective with Historia was to present historical themes to the broader public, and to further the interests of history in the widest sense. In the beginning, contributions by teachers and those in education circles were included. Gradually, there was a move away from education to specialised scientific historical articles. Viewed every decade, it becomes apparent how Historia became a more full-blown academic journal that published articles on a wide range of themes and including all aspects of historical writing and trends. Initially published quarterly, the journal has appeared biannually from 1974.