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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.

Winners of the Simpson Prize travel to overseas battlefields the year after they submit their entry. Thus, winners of the 2017 Prize travel in 2017, winners of the 2018 Prize travel in 2018, and so on.

If you wish to enter the 2018 Simpson Prize, please respond to the question below.

Question

Some historians have described 1917 as “the worst year of the Great War” for Australia and Australians. To what extent is this an accurate statement?

Instructions

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 10 November 2017.

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

Note: The Winners of this year’s Simpson Prize will travel in 2018.

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

Previous Results

We have pleasure in announcing the Winners and Runners-up of the 2017 Simpson Prize below.

2017 Winners

Elizabeth Spollard, Burgmann Anglican School, Australian Capital Territory

Lucinda Hogan, Loreto Kirribilli, New South Wales

Finlay Dale, Palmerston Senior College, Northern Territory

Riley Smithers, Pimlico State High School, Queensland

Charlotte Matthias, Loreto College, South Australia

Sasha Massey, St Patrick’s College, Tasmania

Katia Testarotta, Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Victoria

Jae Brieffies, Willetton Senior High School, Western Australia

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Winners.

2017 Runners-up

Samuel Melhuish, Marist College Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Kefah Ferache, Asquith Boys High School, New South Wales

Lachlan Anderson, Darwin Middle School, Northern Territory

Rachel Leeson, St Monica’s College, Queensland

Hillary Thursby, St Mary’s College, South Australia

Madeleine Pearn, St Patrick’s College, Tasmania

Sabrina Tse, Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Victoria

Char Min Ng, Willetton Senior High School, Western Australia

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Runners Up.

2017 Teacher Chaperones

Owen Laffins, Northwest Christian College, New South Wales

Emilie Reynolds, Holy Cross College, Western Australia

Congratulations to both of the 2017 Teacher Chaperones.

Past Winners

For past Winners and Runners-up, please visit our results page. You can view a video of the 2015 Simpson Prize Awards here; 2015 Simpson Prize Awards video