All student winners and runners-up have been notified of the 2019 Simpson Prize Competition result.  


The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to explore the significance of the Anzac experience and what it has meant for Australia.

The student winners, runners-up and teacher chaperones from each state and territory enjoy a two-day trip to Canberra where they visit several of the capital’s museums and institutions, attend the presentation ceremony at Parliament House, and enjoy a dinner with cadets at the Australian Defence Force Academy

Accompanied by two teacher chaperones and a historian from the Australian War Memorial, the eight state and territory student winners will then travel to overseas battlefields in April (incorporating Anzac Day commemorations). This is no doubt an opportunity of a lifetime!

2019 Simpson Prize Competition


To what extent could 1918 be considered a year of victory for Australia and its people?


The Simpson Prize requires you to respond to the quote and question above using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection (which can be found at https://www.awm.gov.au/education/simpson-prize/) and your own research.

You are encouraged to agree, debate with or challenge the statement from a variety of perspectives – individual, national and global – and to use sources in a variety of forms.

You are expected to make effective use of a minimum of three of the sources provided (see link above).

Up to half of your response should also make use of information drawn from your own knowledge and research.

Closing date

Submit your entry by Friday 9 November 2018.

Please see the How to Enter section for more details regarding student and teacher entry requirements.

Note: Winners will travel in 2019.

The competition is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and run by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia.

The Simpson Prize Advisory Committee and the History Teachers Association of Australia congratulates the finalists in the Simpson Prize Competition 2018.  

We have pleasure in announcing the Winners and Runners-up below

2018 Winners

(Winners essays can be accessed by clicking on the student name and school)

Australian Capital Territory  Samantha Trafford, Merici College

New South Wales                  Winona Lu, Abbotsleigh

Northern Territory                 Charlotte Pickering, Katherine High School

Queensland                            Rachael Leeson, St Monica’s College

South Australia                      Alyssa Siebert, Lock Area School

Tasmania                                Kate Sheahan, Deloraine High School

Victoria                                   Sara Hinton, Ave Maria College

Western Australia                  Daniel Docker, Holy Cross College

2018 Runners-up

Australian Capital Territory    Leo Ng, Marist College

New South Wales                    Harrison Ormaechea, Shore School

Northern Territory                   Caitlin Burt, MacKillop Catholic College

Queensland                              Rayan, Bakker, Pimlico State High School

South Australia                        Eliza, Mills, Seymour College

Tasmania                                  Caleb Paine, Rose Bay High School

Victoria                                     Stephen Kanavoutsos, St Leonard’s College

Western Australia                    Catherine Pile, St Mary’s Anglican Girls School

2018 Teachers chapeones

Australian Capital Territory    Liza Laird, Merici College

Queensland                              Glenn Edwards, Pimlico State High School

Congratulations to both of the 2018 Teacher Chaperones on being chosen for this fantastic experience.